ALPINE, TX – In a major push to boost graduate studies, Sul Ross State University announced April 13 a $300,000 stipend to help aspiring students to pursue higher degrees.

Laura Payne, who, as Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, oversees the new funding, said the money will underwrite salaries each semester for teaching assistants and research fellows so they will have the resources to enroll in graduate programs.

“We are very excited to offer more opportunities for future Sul Ross students to achieve assistantships this coming year and invite interested students to consider our high quality and economical graduate programs,” Payne said.

Sul Ross has a vibrant portfolio of graduate programs, including such diverse subjects as studio art, natural resource management, business, geology, and creative writing, all of which could pave the way for career opportunities or doctoral programs.

Graduate enrollments have been steadily increasing at the university in the past year, Payne said, and the university on the high desert of West Texas, founded more than a century ago, is “delighted to offer further incentives for students to pursue brighter futures through graduate degrees.”

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