"The Texas Homeless Education Office at UT will award the new Barbara Wand James Homeless Student Support Scholarship for Texas homeless college students this Friday.
The new scholarship was modeled after a national scholarship for homeless students, but only a few awards were available for the many homeless students in Texas under that award, said James, the former office director. After directing the homeless education office for 24 years, James said she has seen how $1,000 can help homeless students who often do not have the support of parents or family to attend college.
"The only thing that stands between (homeless students) and getting out of poverty and homelessness is money," James said. "So, I'm just happy we can give a little bit of money to people who are very deserving and help them have a better life and future for themselves.""