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Block Encourages Scholars to Lead On

Cathy Collins Block, Ph.D. met with six of her former and current scholarship recipients to encourage them to share experiences and give back to TCU. She started the Cathy Collins Block Endowed Scholarship in 2010 after retiring as a professor in the College of Education.

“I have been supported all my life by my family and friends,” Block said. “I was able to get my degree because of financial support, so I wanted to give back.”

Back Row: Erin Reece ‘13; Sam Moseley ’15; Dr. Cathy Block; Kayla Cotten ’13; Kellie Mossler ’15 ’16 Front Row: TCU junior Michelle Nguyen, Class of 2019; Sarah Westphal ‘16 ’17

Many of the students expressed their appreciation of the scholarship and the value it contributed to their education and now careers.

“If not for her, I don’t know if I would have been able to attend TCU,” Kayla Cotten said.

Early Childhood Education junior Michelle Nguyen expressed a similar sentiment, saying “The Cathy Collins Block Scholarship has meant everything to me. I can’t wait to use my degree to help others and begin to repay the generosity that Dr. Block has shown me.”

Nguyen said she gained authentic perspective from the alumni, who were in her shoes when they attended TCU.

Dr. Block said the meeting was inspired by TCU’s new “Lead On” campaign.

“These scholars were leaders while they were at TCU and these young TCU alumni are already leaders in their schools,” she said. “I wanted to develop a project so they can give back to TCU and mentor TCU students.”

The group will continue to meet to discuss ways to support one another, TCU, and future scholars.