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Grant sends student to 'life-changing' global conference

Professionally, Maria Isabel De La Fuente believes that nothing is more important than the education children receive early in their lives.

Maria Isabel de la FuenteHer opportunity to attend the 2009 National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C., was an educational highlight for her.

“It is probably the biggest early childhood education conference in the world. So being able to take part in the conference was one of the greatest experiences for my career,” she said.

The President’s Circle, now known as The Scorpion Fund, helped make it possible for De La Fuente, three other students and a professor to attend, learn and present research alongside other educators and students from all over the world.

“The fund helped pay some expenses,” she said. “Myself and Maria Eugena Perez, a classmate, were able to present our research at a prestigious conference and meet other educators. I am so grateful for the opportunity.”

Associate Vice President for Development Ken Turpen said the new name of The Scorpion Fund is meant to unite TSC and UTB alumni, parents and friends under a banner that holds special meaning to all.

The fund supports worthwhile university projects, travel and scholarships, where public funding is inadequate or unavailable.

“And it only takes a little to make a difference in a students' life,” Turpen said.

Myself and Maria Eugena Perez, a classmate, were able to present our research at a prestigious conference and meet other educators. I am so grateful for the opportunity.

Maggie Peña
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