Endowing a Scholarship
Elizabeth Topper Nash
Elizabeth Topper Nash:
Creating success in Modern Languages
When San Marcos businessowners Chuck and Elizabeth Nash established a scholarship in the Department of Modern Languages, it was the first scholarship ever to be endowed in the department. The Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified student majoring in French, German, or Spanish. It reflects Mrs. Nash's interest in modern languages (she majored in French at The University of Texas) and her belief that speaking two or more languages is essential to success in today's world.
"My husband and I believe in the University and see its potential," Mrs. Nash said. "I was pleased to be able to contribute in an area where my interest lies and where there was a need that had never been filled. Shortly after we funded the scholarship, professors and other friends of the department added their contributions to it. It was a thrill to see that others believed in the scholarship and to realize that they had just needed someone to establish the vehicle for their gifts. The scholarship has been a joint effort."
Mrs. Nash has supported Texas State in a variety of ways. She was a member of the Texas State University System Board of Regents 1995-1999 and is a member and former chair of the Texas State Development Foundation. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Texas State Math Honors Camp and of the Department of Speech Communication. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation, which endows chairs and merit-based scholarships throughout the University. Mrs. Nash and her husband are also longtime supporters of the Texas State athletic program.