This September, South Texas College President Dr. Shirley A. Reed was awarded the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, recognizing her contribution to furthering a college-going culture in the Rio Grande Valley. The 2013 McGraw Prize recognizes individuals who have made “significant strides in the fight to make a college education an achievable dream for the next generation” and includes a $50,000 prize.
The McGraw Prize in Education annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to education innovation. The Prize was established in 1988 to honor the late Harold W. McGraw, Jr.’s lifelong commitment to education and to mark the Corporation’s 100th anniversary.
Former Prize recipients include leaders in community-based education such as Harlem Children’s Zone Founder Geoffrey Canada; business leaders, including retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation Norman Augustine; classroom teachers like Reynauld Smith of Washington, D.C.; and other innovators, including Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp.
Honorees are chosen by a distinguished, independent board of judges from the education community. This year’s winners also included KIPP Charter Schools Founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin and Deborah Bial, the founder and president of The Posse Foundation. Dr. Reed and the other awardees were recognized on September 26 during a gala awards ceremony held in the New York Public Library.
“The Prize honors those who have earned the moniker of education innovators,” said Harold McGraw III, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of McGraw Hill Financial. “This year’s recipients embody extraordinary achievement in American higher education. These leaders have devoted themselves to helping the next generation to gain access to college, to persist in their studies and to emerge with college degrees.”
Dr. Shirley A. Reed is the founding president of South Texas College. Since STC first opened its doors in 1993, the College has seen steady growth in its student enrollment starting with 1,058 students to an impressive 31,232 students this fall 2013. It is projected that enrollment will reach more than 42,000 by 2020. STC is now nationally ranked as the 4th of the nation’s 1,200 community colleges in awarding associate degrees to Hispanics, 44th in awarding associate degrees to all students and has the highest graduation rate for very large community colleges in Texas. To learn more about South Texas College, visit www.southtexascollege.edu.