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Release date:November 2, 2006

Kuriyama named UPS scholar at Wayland Baptist University

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University student Kasey Kuriyama has been named a UPS Scholar for 2006. Kuriyama, a senior from Hale Center, received the United Parcel Service scholarship recently as part of the UPS fund’s $68,759 in grants dispersed to the 22 schools participating in the Texas Independent College Fund.

              UPS Scholars are selected by their universities based on academic achievement and financial need. The scholarships and grants are funded by the UPS Educational Endowment Fund. Since its inception, the UPS Educational Endowment Fund has generated more than $37 million in scholarship support.

              “The UPS Foundation has been honored to support education through partnerships with such organizations as Foundation for Independent Higher Education and the Texas Independent College Fund,” said UPS Foundation president Evern Cooper. “The availability of quality, affordable higher education is critical to establishing a talented, more diverse workforce.”

              Kuriyama is an English and religion major at Wayland and has worked with several churches in the area in youth ministry. He plans to teach theology at the college or seminary levels and will pursue graduate degrees after graduating from WBU in May 2007.

              “The value of investing in students cannot be overstated. The returns are infinite,” said Kuriyama. “Without a road paved ahead by supporters such as UPS, my own journey would have been halted.”

              Kuriyama is the son of Kevin and Sandy Kuriyama of Hale Center.