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System selects LU's Katrina Brent for 'Grow Your Own' Scholarship

After several years helping exceptional students enter Lamar University’s College of Engineering, Katrina Brent will be engineering her own future thanks to the “Grow Your Own” Scholarship awarded by The Texas State University System. Brent has been chosen as the recipient of the Grow Your Own scholarship, which will provide her financial assistance to complete her doctoral degree.

Katrina BrentBrent is an adjunct instructor of business at Lamar University as well as the director of engineering marketing. As marketing director, she recruits exceptional students to the engineering program. She is especially proud of the 28 current engineering students who have received four-year, full scholarships from the Mirabeau Scholars program.

Brent’s love for education inspired her to apply for the Grow Your Own scholarship in order to begin pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership at Lamar this fall. “A passion for learning and teaching lives inside me, and I feel inclined to pass this on to future Lamar students,” Brent said. She is grateful for the opportunity and to all those who have supported her. She will continue her positions as adjunct faculty and director of engineering marketing.Brentsaid she has many responsibilities, but she has found the balance to handle family, work and school.

“She is talented in every area. She is an exceptionally bright and personable individual,” said Jack Hopper, dean of the College of Engineering.

Brent graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School before receiving a full academic and athletic scholarship to Drake University in Iowa where she played softball. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology as well as a minor in business administration. Still thirsting for knowledge, she returned to Southeast Texas and enrolled at Lamar University to obtain a Master of Business Administration. While working on her M.B.A., Brent worked for Lamar as the lead marketing intern in the Career and Testing Center. She then moved to her current position as director of engineering marketing. After graduation, she accepted the adjunct position which helped cultivate her love for teaching and ultimately encouraged her to apply for the scholarship.

The Grow Your Own scholarship is offered to a nominated Texas State University System candidate who is a member of an underrepresented population with the desire to become a part of the host university faculty. Brent said as a Hispanic woman, she feels the need to bring diversity to the classroom. She wants to use her background to cultivate learning, and help students of underrepresented groups feel more comfortable.

Brent said she is enjoying this exciting time and looking forward to the opportunities the future will bring.