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UT Tyler Establishes Scholarship Endowment to Benefit Palestine Students

Endowment Honors Longtime Palestine Development Board Chairman David Barnard 

UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP, far right, and Palestine Campus director Dr. Dixie Rose, far left, recognize David Barnard during a retirement reception on June 1 at Mathis Hall. The university established a scholarship endowment that benefits UT Tyler Palestine Campus students and is named in Barnard’s honor.

TYLER, Texas (June 7, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler has established a $120,125  scholarship endowment benefiting nursing students at the Palestine Campus. The endowment,  named after longtime UT Tyler Palestine Development Board president/chairman David Barnard,  who retired June 1, is funded by Palestine donors and board members. 

The UT Tyler David Barnard Palestine Scholars Endowment will provide support for students who  have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. 

“When UT Tyler extended its nursing program to Palestine nearly 30 years ago, it was driven by  community leaders who desired to make higher education more accessible for Anderson County  and surrounding areas,” said UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP. “David Barnard has been a driving force behind this wonderful relationship between UT Tyler and the Palestine  community.” 

Among highlights, Barnard was instrumental in obtaining the land that would become the future  home for the Palestine Campus, raising funds for its nursing programs, and in making the UT Tyler  University Academy-Palestine a successful public university charter school. He led the development  board since its inception in 2010. 

UT Tyler Palestine Campus students experience cost-saving convenience, greater flexibility in  scheduling their classes and reduced travel expenses and commuting time to Tyler, all while  receiving a quality nursing education. Courses are taught using traditional face-to-face delivery by  on-site professors in addition to online and hybrid teaching models. 

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler  recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT  Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and  UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,  cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research  institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in  Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 


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