John Garrison Leadership Award

19 Mar



Dr. John H. Garrison served as the Dean of Students at Texas State University for nearly 30 years, and over the course of his career left a lasting legacy. Dr. Garrison helped champion several ideas including the creation of Student Foundation, the name change from Southwest Texas to Texas State, and the push for Texas State to move to Division I (FBS) football.

But, his greatest achievement was the mentorship he provided to countless students who shared his desire to make themselves and the university better. Dr. Garrison led with integrity and honor, he valued service and sacrifice – his legacy is one of progress, friendship and mentorship.

Dr. Garrison is now retired from Texas State University and serves as the President of the San Marcos Baptist Academy. In 2009, the Stelos Alliance established the Garrison Leadership Award to honor Dr. Garrison’s nearly 30 years of service to Texas State University. The recipient of the Garrison Leadership Award must demonstrate the highest levels of honor, leadership, sacrifice and courage in their support of Texas State University. Through this award, Dr. Garrison will continue to be honored by students who exhibit the same qualities that enabled him to leave his indelible mark on the University and its alumni.

The requirements for the Garrison Leadership Award are:

  • Student must be classified as a junior, senior, or graduate student at Texas State.
  • Student must be an active leader for a Texas State recognized student organization.
  • Academic achievement and leadership roles held over the course of their career at Texas State University will constitute for 50% of the evaluation criteria used in evaluating applicants for this award.  Students must have demonstrated superior leadership qualities and must have invested substantial amount of time and service to Texas State throughout their university career.
  • Junior classification will be enrolled 12 hours or more at the time of selection.  Senior classification may be enrolled in less than 12 hours at the time of selection, if it is the student’s last/graduating semester at Texas State.  Graduate students shall be enrolled in 6 credit hours or more at the time of selection.
  • The recipient will be in good standing with the University at the time of selection and must have an overall Texas State University Grade Point Average of at least 2.50 (3.0 for graduate students) or better at the time of selection.
  • Students who have previously been awarded the John Garrison Leadership Award are not eligible.

The qualified applicant who is selected to receive the scholarship will be awarded $1,500 at the Stelos Alliance Awards Banquet on April 28, 2013 in San Marcos, Texas.



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