Golf tournament to honor alumnus Ernie Trevino

For the second year in a row, proceeds from the seventh annual Hispanic Alumni Association Golf Tournament will go to a memorial scholarship in honor of alumnus and former director of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, Greg Trevino, his father Ernie Trevino said.

Ernie Trevino said his son died after 10 days of being in a coma resulting from a May 2008 car accident.

The memorial scholarship started off as donations the Trevino family accepted after Greg died. Greg Trevino was one of the founders of the Hispanic Alumni Association and they also had a scholarship fund that they had tried to get started, Ernie Trevino said.

The Trevino family combined the collected donations with the funds from the HAA and founded the Greg Trevino Memorial Scholarship, Ernie Trevino said.

While he was at TCU, Greg Trevino was passionate about providing scholarships to students who were less fortunate because of his involvement with the Community Scholars program, an organization that focuses on funding students from local high schools with predominately minority enrollments, Ernie Trevino said.

“It’s humbling that people remember and try to support the legacy that he tried to create,” Ernie Trevino said.

Kay Higgins, associate dean of Student Development Services and director of Parent and Family Programs, said she knew Trevino when he was an undergraduate at TCU because he was a student on her orientation staff. Higgins said they later became friends and eventual colleagues.

“He was always concerned about students that had great potential but had financial need,” she said. “So [the scholarship] was a way, in one sense, to continue his vision.”

Higgins is also the chair of the committee that funds the Greg Trevino Memorial Scholarship.

Higgins said Greg Trevino was a very gentle and kind person and was a source of good encouragement.

“He always had motivating words of encouragement,” she said. “Students would go to him often when they were confused or disappointed. If he was your friend he was your friend forever, through everything.”

Bobby Montes, president of the HAA, said the annual golf tournament started seven years ago because the organization wanted a purpose and event to raise money for scholarships.

“It’s a fun activity for a lot of people to enjoy, [and] it was something that fit well with our group,” Montes said. “The scholarship was named after Greg, after he tragically passed away.”

All the proceeds from Sunday’s event will go towards the Greg Trevino Memorial Scholarship, Montes said.

The HAA currently has around $45,000 in their scholarship fund, since the golf tournament raised about $5,000 last year, Higgins said. They are hoping to break a total of $50,000 after the tournament this Sunday, she said.

As of now, Higgins said the scholarship only goes to one student. However, if the scholarship fund grows, there will be opportunities to give out more scholarships to more than one student, she said.

Higgins said the students considered for the scholarship must display academic excellence and have over 60 completed hours of credit.

Montes said Trevino cared deeply about inclusiveness and the scholarship is not limited to Hispanic students, so students from every race and background can apply.

Seventh Annual Hispanic Alumni Association Golf Tournament

When: Tee time 8 a.m. Sunday

Where: Iron Horse Golf Course

Cost: $100 per player, 18 holes of golf

Proceeds go to the Greg Trevino Memorial Scholarship.

Students also can contribute by donating prizes, goodie bag items or by volunteering.