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HPU sophomore Shayla Love awarded UPS Scholarship

BROWNWOOD – December 2, 2020 – Howard Payne University sophomore Shayla Love, a kinesiology major from Denison, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Love is the daughter of Michelle Nix and Stevie Love and graduated from Denison High School. She is a student assistant manager for the HPU women’s basketball team.

“I am very grateful that I was recommended to receive this scholarship because it means that, somewhere down the line, I did something meaningful and kept my grades up to meet the criteria for this award,” she said. “I will forever be grateful for this opportunity from the UPS Foundation.”

Nationally, CIC, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment, provided more than $1.6 million in student scholarships to make private colleges and universities more affordable and accessible to underserved students. This year, the ICUT Foundation awarded $114,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to 38 low-income students at private institutions across Texas.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities, as well as state-based councils and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils, including the ICUT Foundation. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Visit for more information about the CIC.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, the UPS Foundation identifies areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at


Cutline: HPU sophomore Shayla Love, a kinesiology major from Denison, was recently awarded a UPS Scholarship, provided by the ICUT Foundation and the CIC.