Meet the 2022 RecSports Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients and our sincerest thanks to all the benefactors for their generous donations and support of the Student Employee Scholarship Program. These hardworking student employees went through a rigorous application process and nomination committee to earn their respective scholarships.

­Abbey Govett

Mark L. Hart, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Marketing and Plan II Honors
At RecSports: Outdoor Center Supervisor, Adventure Trip Guide, Program Assistant - Outdoor Recreation
Beyond Team RecSports: Texas 4000 for Cancer, Drift Magazine, Phi Beta Kappa, Intramural Soccer
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

“As a Program Assistant, I hoped to establish a foundation for [an Adventure Trip] guide community, not only to support current connections among guides but also to serve as a fundamental component of our Adventure Trip Program culture moving forward.”

Peace Idah-oze

Mark L. Hart, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Junior; Communication Studies
At RecSports: Facility Supervisor — Indoor Satellites
Beyond Team RecSports: Orientation Advisor, University Leadership Network, First-Gen Transition and Success Coach, Redeemed Christian Church of God Austin Student Member, StoriesN’People Creative Website Owner
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

“On some days, I find myself looking back and being so grateful for how much I have grown. On those days, I can pinpoint the exact moment when the dominoes began to fall, and it started with being given the opportunity to lead. I cannot even begin to list how much I learned from working with RecSports, especially when it comes to effective communication.”

Maria de los Angeles Villarreal

Thomas W. Dison Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Social Work
At RecSports: Group Fitness Instructor
Beyond Team RecSports: Latin Economics and Business Association, Philanthropy Education Program, Gateway Scholar, Advanced Qualitative Research Lab, Workers Defense Project Legal Intern, Social Work Education Enhancement Program Mentor, Minority Women Pursuing Law, and Texas House of Representatives Legal Intern
Hometown: Eagle Pass, Texas

“As I look back, being employed with RecSports has been instrumental to my personal growth. The experience propelled my leadership skills and gave me the necessary tools to succeed in both my degree and career. I look forward to applying these distinct teachings to thrive in any work environment.”

Monserrat Hernández Hernan

Thomas W. Dison Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Human Development and Family Sciences
At RecSports: Facility Supervisor — Gregory Gym
Beyond Team RecSports: Project SEED, Intramural Sand Volleyball and Soccer, Church Volunteer
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

“I have learned that the abilities of my team are a reflection of my leadership and that I could not call myself a good leader if the rest of the group is not advancing. This applies to group assignments, leadership positions, and the opportunities that I will find in my professional career.”

Teresa Garcia

Sylvie and Gary Crum Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; International Relations, Global Studies & Spanish, and Government
At RecSports: Aquatic Instructor
Beyond Team RecSports: Intake Coordinator for Baron and Budd Law, Hispanic Scholarship Foundation Scholar, Camp Texas, Roundtable, Longhorn Run Ambassador, Texas Exes Student Ambassador
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

“I am very thankful that I get the privilege and opportunity to teach others and use the skills I learn from working at the university to see progress and improvements in my job as an aquatic instructor and beyond.”

Cassandra Keating

DeDe and Joe Bill Watkins Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Management Information Systems
At RecSports: Head Lifeguard & Safety Education Instructor
Beyond Team RecSports: Texas Water Ski
Hometown: Round Rock, Texas

“My time serving RecSports as a Program Assistant for the Instructional Program has certainly challenged me and pushed me to grow in ways I didn’t anticipate. If you would have told me that I would experience four leadership changes during my tenure, I wouldn’t have believed you. However, by going through these experiences I have been able to cultivate and develop my communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills more so than most.”

Richard Reynolds

Susan and Mark Baletka Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Civil Engineering
At RecSports: Program Assistant, Intramural Sports Official, Intramural Volleyball Sport Coordinator
Beyond Team RecSports: Texas Running Club, Intern at Peloton Land Solutions
Hometown: Benbrook, Texas

“The Intramural Sports program has given me a grand opportunity to redefine my leadership style. I learned to lead my officials as a team, and always put my team first. I have never had a more humbling responsibility than leading them. I love this sport, and these officials are the reason this volleyball program was able to rise from the ashes. I put my heart and hard work into training and leading these officials, and they showed up when it mattered most.”

Nicholas Godfrey

John M. Childs Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Aerospace Engineering
At RecSports: Program Assistant and Intramural Sports Official
Beyond Team RecSports: Universal Containment System Design Project, Texas Trap and Skeet, Sport Club Council
Hometown: Southlake, Texas

“I would not be the leader I am today without this position and the ability it gave me to lead and develop others. While I still have a lot to learn, the skills I am taking away from this job will help me be as successful as possible in the future.”

Christian Hinton

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Aerospace Engineering
At RecSports: Lifeguard
Beyond Team RecSports: Texas Rocket Engineering Lab, Spacecraft Design Team, Intern at Firefly Aerospace, Flight Controller at NASA Mission Control (Post-graduation)
Hometown: Allen, Texas

“Being a lifeguard also helped shape me to prepare for a career in spaceflight. As a lifeguard, I have learned the value of a strong, disciplined work ethic and the importance of staying vigilant. My time here at RecSports has allowed me to hone these skills, and I would not be the person I am today without it.”

Rachel Lee

Kenneth Ford Family Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Junior; Nutrition
At RecSports: Group Fitness Instructor
Beyond Team RecSports: Texas Alpha Epsilon Delta, Freshman Research Initiative, Texas Bluebonnets
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

“As a future physician, communication will be vital to building rapport with patients and relaying health information with clarity, warmth, and empathy. Working with RecSports has prepared me for these challenges and given me the space to grow as a leader and communicator.”

Madison Johnson

Acacia Fraternity Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Integrated Master in Professional Accounting
At RecSports: Program Assistant, Group Fitness Instructor
Beyond Team RecSports: McCombs Success Scholars, Deal Advisory and Strategy intern at KPMG
Hometown: Houston, Texas

“Speaking with, motivating, and building relationships with RecSports participants and employees of all backgrounds instilled me with invaluable communication skills. In my future endeavors beyond the university, I will be miles ahead of my peers equipped with competencies that cannot be learned in many other environments. I will have the confidence to speak up to superiors and communicate my ideas, and it all started at Gregory Gym with a laminated class pass and a cycle bike.”

Ashley Omehe

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Junior; Business Honors, Pre-Health Professions certificate
At RecSports: Facility Supervisor — Outdoor Satellites
Beyond Team RecSports: Incoming Business Development Intern at Poly, Affinity Head for BlackHP Affinity Group within Business Honors, University Fashion Group, Kids Tooth Team Mobile Clinic, Texas Pre-Dental Society, New Black Student Weekend
Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas

“In the 17 months that I have worked for RecSports, my experiences, fellow team members, and supervisors have helped me gain competencies, specifically, critical thinking, that make joining the RecSports staff one of my best decisions.”

Matthew Baca

Recreational Sports Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; History
At RecSports: Facility Supervisor — Outdoor Satellites
Beyond Team RecSports: UTeach Liberal Arts (Student-Teaching in Spring 2022), Texas MALES
Hometown: McKinney, Texas

“Some of my biggest areas of growth have come from opportunities from this job and a lot of my best friends and some of the most influential people I have met from my time at UT are from RecSports. I feel lucky to have found this job and all it has provided me with and I know I am not the same person I was when I came to UT, and RecSports has played a huge role in that.”

Ryland Kerby

Bill Patman Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Mechanical Engineering, minor in Business
At RecSports: Program Assistant and Facility Supervisor — Outdoor Satellites
Beyond Team RecSports: Texas Rocket Engineering Lab, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Hometown: Forney, Texas

“As my time on this team comes to an end, I hope to share this knowledge with the members of my Outdoor Satellites (ODS) family. I hope that these lessons in leadership that I have developed will be passed down to members of our ODS family, and continue to impact this family in a positive way even after I graduate and move on in my career.”

Cameron Keating

Bill Frisbie Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Senior; Sport Management
At RecSports: Program Assistant, Head Lifeguard and Safety Education Instructor
Beyond Team RecSports: Sports Management Club, Club Soccer Team
Hometown: Round Rock, Texas

“My experience has helped me understand that sometimes the best way to tackle a major project is to break it down into more manageable pieces to address one at a time, rather than all at once. These skills that I’ve developed while serving RecSports as a Program Assistant are invaluable, and I look forward to implementing them in a professional setting upon graduating this spring.”

Joel Redmond

Robert G. Childress Endowed Scholarship

In the classroom: Junior, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; Linguistics; minor in Germanic Studies
At RecSports: Program Assistant and Facility Supervisor — Gregory Gym
Beyond Team RecSports: Lang Stuttering Institute Student Leadership Organization, Psycholinguistics Lab Research Assistant
Hometown: Greenville, Texas

“Every day I work to maintain Gregory Gym’s reputation as a safe, inclusive space for our community in the heart of the Forty Acres. Whether this is by acting as a reliable resource for those seeking information about our facilities or simply changing those hard-to-reach lightbulbs, I strive to be an initiative-driven leader among our staff.”

Thomas Le

Spence-Nance Endowed Scholarship Honoring Michael Monsoor

In the classroom: Senior; Finance
At RecSports: Facility Supervisor — Gregory Gym
Beyond Team RecSports: Incoming Summer Analyst at JP Morgan Chase, CCBSI-Energy Division
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

“Teamwork, communication, and collaboration are highly valued and promoted within RecSports, and I am thankful for the great experiences that the organization has provided me.”

Meet the 2022 scholarship recipients and learn more about their experiences as part of Team RecSports.

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Tom Dison has impacted student life since he set foot on the UT campus in 1974. His tenure as Executive Director of RecSports ended in August 2022. In this edition of Inside RecSports, we highlight moments from his remarkable, 48-year-long career.

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