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University of North Texas at Dallas Establishes the Remarcus L. West Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Dallas South News Wire (University of North Texas)

Remarcus West

The University of North Texas at Dallas has announced a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor to establish the Remarcus L. West Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Texas State Senator, Royce West’s late son, Remarcus, who recently passed away after a prolonged illness.

Remarcus West graduated from Duncanville High School in 1997 and attended the University of North Texas and Prairie View A&M University.  He is remembered as a talented coalition builder among his peers.  “He was a person who would often bring people with multiple, even opposing interests together,” said his father.  Remarcus had hopes to continue his education by studying photography in New York, but his illness prevented him from achieving that goal.  “He would always take one step forward with his education and then two steps back when he would get sick,” said Senator West, “He knew what it was like to have to overcome obstacles to complete his education and so creating a fund that will help others surmount barriers to their dreams is a significant way to honor him.”

“We are all very saddened to learn of Remarcus’ passing.   My heart goes out to his family and friends,” said Dr. John Ellis Price, president of UNT at Dallas.  “We are privileged to be able to create this memorial fund in Remarcus’ name, and deeply appreciative of the anonymous donor’s generous lead gift.  With the Remarcus L. West Memorial Scholarship Fund, we can help students attain the educational goals that were a challenge for him, and continue his legacy by teaching others the art of building coalitions.”

“We hope that the lead gift to endow this Scholarship Fund at the University of North Texas at Dallas in memory of Remarcus will encourage others to contribute,” said Douglas Smith, vice president for university advancement of UNT at Dallas.  “Providing educational opportunities for the young people of greater Dallas, Best Southwest Cities and the North Texas region is of paramount importance to the West family, and a most fitting tribute to Remarcus.”

In working jointly with state and local officials to establish UNT at Dallas, Senator West is credited with being the driving force in bringing the first and only four-year state university to the City of Dallas.   Legislation was passed in 2001 which called for the creation of the new Dallas university, and the first building was completed in 2006.

Donations to the scholarship fund may be made by check and mailed to the University of North Texas at Dallas, Office of University Advancement, Attn:  Remarcus L. West Scholarship Fund, 7300 University Hills Blvd., Dallas, TX, 75244, or online ­­­­at .   If you wish to make a wire transfer, please contact Douglas Smith at or call (972) 780-3616.  For additional questions, please contact Ana Rodriguez at or call (214) 536-0655.

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