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Hunt Family Foundation and other local supporters create new opportunities for HPU El Paso students

BROWNWOOD – March 1, 2018 – A $10,000 grant to Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center has paved the way for new scholarship opportunities in 2018 and beyond. The funds were donated by El Paso’s Hunt Family Foundation, which regularly supports charitable organizations and initiatives in the area.

The Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation created in 1987 by Woody Hunt and his wife, Gayle, supports not-for-profit organizations and initiatives that focus on the Paso del Norte region, which includes El Paso County, Texas; Doña Ana County, New Mexico; Otero County, New Mexico; and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. The Foundation also supports organizations whose programs impact the state of Texas and the nation as a whole. Mr. Hunt currently serves as chairman of the foundation and Mrs. Hunt serves as vice president.

The Hunt Family Foundation Scholarship is a need and merit-based scholarship opportunity for HPU El Paso Center graduate and undergraduate students majoring in business administration. Five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to deserving university students.

HPU’s El Paso Center now offers 11 scholarships specifically for students at the center. These are made possible by the Hunt Family Foundation gift and other recent donations including a substantial gift from the Ladies Auxiliary of the International Baptist Bible Institute and the establishment of an endowed scholarship by noted El Paso citizen Dr. Richard W. Nassar.

Additional scholarship support was created by charitable giving during the second annual El Paso Giving Day this past November. The event, which coincides with National Philanthropy Day, involves a 24-hour online fundraising campaign.

“We’re very thankful to the Hunt Family Foundation for its generous gift and to all of those who donated during El Paso Giving Day and throughout the year,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and professor of business. “We’re proud to be a part of the El Paso community.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for almost 130 years, has maintained an extension center in El Paso since 1991. For more information, visit