Stephen Bishop Young Jr., a member of the Class of 2014 at Austin College, has been awarded a UPS Scholarship through the ICUT Foundation, operated by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, a statewide association for private colleges and universities. Since 1985, The UPS Foundation has funded over $2.1 million in scholarships for Texas students.
From Princeton, Texas, Stephen is the son of the late Stephen Young Sr. and is a 2010 graduate of Princeton High School. Completing a major in business at Austin College, Stephen also is completing minors in exercise and sports science and leadership studies. He is an inside linebacker and punter on the Austin College football team and is a member of Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity. During January 2013, he will study in Paris, France.
Stephen plans to continue at Austin College beyond graduation to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree through the Austin Teacher Program and work as a teacher and coach.
At the national level, the Council of Independent Colleges teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. This year, CIC awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation, including a grant of $86,400 to the ICUT Foundation. The college or university awards these scholarships based on the students’ academic achievement and financial need.
“In 2011, The UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed $93.5 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.6 million hours of volunteer service, to the local communities in which we operate,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “UPS is proud to continue that spirit of giving by partnering with CIC to support thousands of students working to become the leaders of tomorrow by obtaining an education from our nation’s private colleges.”
The CIC-UPS Educational Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by CIC, funds the UPS Scholarships. Since its inception, this Fund has generated nearly $49 million in scholarship aid to support more than 17,000 students.
“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 609 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.