College of Liberal Arts

Rising Stars: Q&A with the 2019 Larry Temple Scholars

Fri, Nov 8, 2019
Mercedes Holmes (left) and Isaac James (right)
Mercedes Holmes (left) and Isaac James (right)

Starting the semester with an extra $11,000 in the bank is an experience that two liberal arts sophomores have every fall, thanks to the Larry Temple Scholarship Endowment.

The award was established by the UT System Board of Regents to help outstanding liberal arts students enjoy university life and learn from their campus experiences.

The 2019-20 Larry Temple Scholars are Isaac James, a Plan II and government major from Arlington, Texas, and Mercedes Holmes, a government and philosophy major from Seabrook, Texas.

Recipients are selected based on their superior academic merit, extracurricular activities and financial need. The scholarship is also renewable for the student’s junior and senior year, provided that scholars maintain a 3.5 GPA, stay enrolled full-time and remain in the College of Liberal Arts.

For more than 25 years, the Larry Temple Scholarship Endowment has been recognizing students to honor Larry Eugene Temple, a prominent public servant and UT Austin graduate.

Read Q&A's with Holmes and James on Life & Letters.

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