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Scholarship endowment established at Sul Ross

ODESSA AMERICAN | Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:00 am

ALPINE Family members have established a scholarship endowment in honor of Lucy Rede Franco, the first Hispanic student enrolled at Sul Ross State University.

The Lucy Rede Franco Scholarship Endowment and Fund will provide scholarships to Presidio High School graduates enrolled in teacher education at Sul Ross.

Eligible applicants must be fully admitted to Sul Ross if beginning freshmen.

If returning students, applicants must be making normal progress toward a degree and have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Family representatives Delfina Alicia Anderson and Rene Franco Sr., both of Presidio; Yvonne Franco Hinojos, El Paso; Carmelina Holloway, Decatur; and Rachel Holloway Roberts, Keller, along with President R. Vic Morgan, established the endowment Sept. 21.

Other contributors who are family members are Abelardo Franco, Presidio, and Adalberto Franco and Rede Franco, both of El Paso.

Lucy Rede, daughter of Eusebio and Mary Ann Rede, was born Feb. 3, 1902 in Shafter. The family moved to Redford, where Lucy’s mother worked as postmistress and also taught English.

Lucy Rede enrolled at Sul Ross Normal College in Alpine in 1920. Following one year of study, she passed her teaching exam and began teaching in Redford. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Sul Ross in 1956. Her teaching career continued until 1972, when she retired after a long career in the Presidio Independent School District. In 1985, the Presidio ISD named the Lucy Rede Franco Middle School in her honor.

She married Manuel Franco in 1924 and the couple’s eight children all received college degrees. A total of 11 degrees were conferred on family members from Sul Ross. In 1959, Luce Rede Franco was chosen Texas Mother of the Year by the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs. In 1960, she was named Texas’ Mother of the Year by the American Mother’s Committee in New York. She died in 1977.

Sul Ross endowments now exceed $12 million.

For more information on endowments, contact Leo Dominguez, associate vice president for Advancement and University Relations, (432) 837-8033 or