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Red Rose Scholars Recognized for Academic Excellence

The 2014-2015 recipients of the Red Rose Scholarship gathered Friday in the 40,000 Windows Cafe for an intimate breakfast reception hosted by UHD President William Flores. The gathering has become a tradition for Red Rose Scholars.

The Red Rose Scholarship - the University's most recognized, longest-running scholarship program - has been considered one of the highest honors for UHD students since its inception in 1981. The fund was founded by former UHD students and brothers Armando, Albert and Ricky Diaz, who went door-to-door requesting corporate support for the young university's students. The ambitious family tapped into their extensive network to host the inaugural Red Rose Ball, selling tables to launch the scholarship. The first ball attracted more than 800 Houstonians and raised approximately $25,000 to launch the long-standing legacy of the Diaz family.

The Red Rose scholarship has since made the dream of a college degree a reality for more than 500 UHD students, and continues to support about 20 students each year. Red Rose Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic achievements, leadership ability, and potential for future contributions to the Houston community. Successful Red Rose Scholarship recipients must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or more.