Officials from St. Mary’s University visited Texas A&M International University in Laredo Wednesday to announce a special scholarship for outstanding law students from Webb County.

St. Mary’s University President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., Interim Law Dean Charles Cantu and distinguished law alumni from Laredo announced the details of a special Lamar Bruni Vergara Scholarship that will provide highly qualified Webb County students with tuition and fees at St. Mary’s School of Law.

A $1 million endowed gift was given to St. Mary’s University School of Law last summer from the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust to fund the scholarships. The first two scholarships will be distributed this fall. St. Mary’s officials visited TAMIU to inform their pre-law students of the opportunity.

The Lamar Bruni Vergara trust was established to ensure the philanthropic efforts of lifelong Laredo resident Lamar Bruni Vergara continued long after her death. The trust has supported a variety of religious, health and educational efforts in South Texas. While this is the first endowment, the Vergara Trust has previously given money to St. Mary’s law school for scholarships.

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