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Sarah W. Woolrich Endowed Scholarship

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The Sarah W. Woolrich Endowed Book Fund was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on March 7, 2013 to benefit The University of Texas College of Education. The endowment honors Mrs. Sarah W. Woolrich. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Sarah Catherine Woolrich Dikeman, daughter of Sarah W. Woolrich.

"UT is a family tradition. All of my mother's siblings attended UT. My father and some of his siblings did also. My paternal grandfather was Dean of Engineering. My brother and I are UT grads as are many cousins. " – Sarah Woolrich Dikeman ('68)

Sarah W. Dikeman comes from a family of dedicated Longhorns and equally dedicated educators. In fact, she writes that, "There was never any doubt that I would be a teacher." This scholarship assures the legacy of her mother Sarah Woolrich, a teacher in public and private schools throughout Texas, and principal at what is now known as St. Francis Episcopal School in Houston. St. Francis recognized the positive impact Sarah Woolrich had on the school by naming a building after her and a staff scholarship in her honor.

Sarah Woolrich was involved with civic, social and educational communities too numerous to mention, reflecting the reach of her interests. She was, for example, a charter member of the Orton Dyslexia Society, a scout leader (Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts), a nationally-recognized educator, an avid world traveler, a member and officer in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the first woman president of the Texas Episcopal School Association.

This fund has been decades in the making. Sarah Woolrich had the original intention to establish an endowed scholarship, according to her daughter, who relayed the history of the fund thus:

"Mother and Dad began the SW Woolrich Book Fund, planning to add to it to become an endowment."

A multi-generational dream finally come to fruition, it will make dreams of future UT students into realities. The Woolrich family tradition of quietly changing the world one student at a time will continue for generations to come.

April 2018

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