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M. B. Moran Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Education

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M. B. Moran
M. B. Moran

The M. B. Moran Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Education was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on October 7, 1988, for the benefit of the College of Education. The endowment honors Mrs. Mattie Belle Moran of Austin. Gift funds were provided by her son, Mr. Frank W. Moran, Jr., P.E., of Kingwood, a 1950 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. This endowment recognizes a woman dedicated to educational excellence and who committed her life to a career in special education.

The M. B. Moran Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Education honors Frank’s mother. Mattie Belle (M. B.) Moran graduated from UT with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. M. B. always wanted to fund a scholarship in special education and was very passionate about teachers being trained in this field. This endowment funds scholarship awards to students pursuing careers in special education in an effort to further the interest of special education and to help future teachers pursue study in the field.

Frank W. Moran, Jr.
Frank W. Moran, Jr.

M. B. dedicated her life to education. In the 1940s she realized the lack of attention given to disabled children and their special needs. She became one of the first special education teachers in Texas in 1946. M. B.’s teaching career spanned more than 50 years in South Texas, Austin, Odessa, and El Paso. She counted among her students both native English speakers and Spanish speaking students. She received numerous awards, such as Teacher of the Year, and she was instrumental in the establishment of the Odessa Texas Rehabilitation Center for Handicapped Children.

M. B. instilled in Frank the importance of an education very early in his life. Frank has never known a teacher more dedicated to her profession than his mother. She was a truly committed teacher and loved every minute she spent with students.

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