Six Lubbock Christian University students traveled to the Capitol in Austin, Texas for Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) Student Advocacy Day 2017 to discuss the importance of the TEG Program with state legislators.
The TEG Program aims to make education at private, non-profit institutions more accessible to students in Texas with financial need. The local Representatives and Senators keep the grant alive since its creation in 1973. TEG Day allows students to express their continued support and encouragement for the program.
“It’s important to me because it gives me money to pursue my education,” said Sarah Board, a junior English major emphasizing journalism.
Board had attended TEG Day her freshman year. When she was emailed about the opportunity to travel with the group, she was excited to go again.
“I love Texas, and all the things that make up the political structure of Texas. The Capitol is one of my happy places,” Board explained. “I am truly inspired from the people that walk the halls; they have such passion for what they do, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.”
Joining Board on the trip to Austin were students Noa Opele, Isabella Sifuentes, Jared Moore, Mekayla Duzan, and Ryan Robertson.
Upon their arrival, the group discovered that it was also 2017 Lubbock Day at the State Capitol, so many guests from West Texas were also visiting state senators and representatives, including Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope. The LCU group of students and staff posed for a picture in the Capitol Rotunda with Pope and Senator Charles Perry.