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Friday, June 5, 1998

Area students named to list

More than 3,600 Texas Tech University undergraduate students
qualified for academic honors lists at the end of the spring

Students on the President's List earned a 4.0 (A) grade
point average while enrolled in 12 or more semester hours of
classwork. Students who earned 12 or more hours with a grade
point average of 3.5 to 3.9 qualified for the Dean's List.

Pecos students making the honor rolls included the
following: Damon Eugene Dade, a senior finance major;
Christine Janice Lee, a senior zoology major; Stephen Quinn
Lee, a junior chemistry major and Julie Elizabeth Wyles, a
general studies senior.

From Balmorhea, Ismael Hernandez Dutchover, Jr., a sophomore
exercise and sports sciences major.

Bafidis nets scholarship

A state agency engineering scholarship program has offered
to help pay college expenses for a Pecos High School student
at Texas A&M University, provided that she put her knowledge
to work for the state for two years.

Gabriella Bafidis, 1998 graduate of Pecos High School, will
major in civil engineering at Texas A&M in College Station.
The grants are funded by the Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDOT) through its Conditional Grant Program
for engineering majors and other selected career paths.

"Students in civil engineering defray the cost of a college
education with the help of this program," said Doug
Eichorst, TxDOT's Pecos Area Engineer.

"This program gives TxDOT a great opportunity to get the
best and the brightest students into engineering and it
helps give minority students another avenue into the
profession," said Eichorst.

The Conditional Grant Program pays each recipient up to
$2,500 per semester. The scholarship amount depends on the
student's tuition, fees, and verifiable financial need.

The program is conditional because students must agree to
work for TxDOT for two years immediately after graduation or
pay back the grant. Students also must carry a minimum of 12
hours of course work and maintain a 2.5 grade-point average.
High school seniors and college students who are Texas
residents and members of minority groups are eligible.

Bafidis is not the first Pecos High School graduate to
receive the scholarship. Cijifredo T. Zuniga was a
conditional grant recipient in 1993.

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