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Norman named first recipient of Lowe scholarship

Published Thursday, 21st June 2012

Norman named first recipient of Lowe scholarship

Mary Payne Lowe adored her years as a Tyler Junior College Apache Belle from 1960-62. This fall, she and her fellow members from those years will celebrate their 50th anniversary on the Apache Belle line.

To honor her time on TJC’s famed precision dance team, Mrs. Lowe and her husband Dick, who live in Westworth Village just west of Fort Worth, have established the Mary Payne Lowe Apache Belle Scholarship Endowment.

The endowment exists in perpetuity and its purpose is to fund tuition, fees, books, room and board, costumes, equipment, travel and other miscellaneous expenses to a deserving Apache Belle member.

On June 10, Mrs. Lowe presented the first scholarship to Chara Norman, a sophomore health and kinesiology major from Arlington. Norman’s future plans include becoming a dance and drill team instructor.

According to the scholarship criteria, the recipient of the Mary Payne Lowe Apache Belle Scholarship should exhibit "abundant energy, a strong will, an outstanding work ethic and undeniable determination and exemplify the life of Mary Payne Lowe and exhibit outstanding character, integrity, grace and compassion for others."

"It has been a longtime dream to have every Apache Belle on full scholarship, and Mary Lowe has been the catalyst in taking the first step to making that dream a reality," said Apache Belles Director Jasilyn Schaefer. "Mary has invested in the life of our Apache Belles, and I know Chara will take this opportunity and do great things.

"Chara desires to have the sort of positive influence on young ladies that the Apache Belle organization has promoted in her own life."

For more information on TJC scholarship giving opportunities, please go to www.tjc.edu/giving.

For more information on the TJC Apache Belles, please go to www.apachebelles.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/apachebelles.

Elise Mullinix


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