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H. C. and Maxine Foster Graduate Fellowship in Accounting


The H. C. and Maxine Foster Graduate Fellowship in Accounting shall be a permanent endowment and shall be used for the benefit of the Accounting Department in the College of Business. Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to provide graduate fellowships to students pursuing a graduate degree in Accounting.

About H. C. and Maxine Foster

Hugh Curtis (H.C.) Foster was born August 14, 1926 in Fort Worth, Texas and was a life-long resident. During his senior year at Paschal High School he was drafted into the navy and served on the West Coast during World War II. He married Maxine Van Natta in 1949, with whom he was married for 59 years until her death in 2008; and he had two sons, Joe, born in 1951 and John, born 1955. He went back to school to earn his GED after WWII and often worked two jobs simultaneously to support his family. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service as a cartographer for over thirty years until his retirement. One of the proudest days of his life was the day he received his high school diploma in the early 2000s as part of the Fort Worth ISDs program to award high school diplomas to WWII veterans that had been drafted out of high school. He died in Arlington, Texas at the age of 83 in 2010. While he was unable to attend college himself because of his family commitments, he well understood the importance of education in the success of life. He was able to help his two sons graduate from UT Arlington with degrees in business and engineering.

Ollie Maxine Van Natta Foster was born July 22, 1931 in Kosse, Texas and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Arlington Heights High School but had to leave before graduation to help support her family. She married H.C. Foster in 1949. She worked many jobs for over forty years to support her family. She was unable to attend college herself but she made it her life goal to see that her two sons were able to take advantage of the educational opportunities that she had not had. Two of the proudest days of her life were attending the graduation ceremonies of her two sons at UT Arlington.


(1)    Be in the last semester of the undergraduate accounting degree and accepted into the Masters program in Accounting or Tax;

(2)    Have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of accounting courses;

(3)    Have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in accounting courses completed at UTA;

(4)    Have worked at least 20 hours a week during the prior semester and intend to work at least 20 hours a week during the scholarship period.

(5)    The scholarship is renewable for a second year if student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the graduate program, if funds are available.


2018: Long Thai Bui; Mohammad Bashir; Diana Bilici; William Gough

2017: Dellise Kennedy

2016: Arsala Barkazai; Shilpa Shrestha; Cynthia Vargas

2015: Mariah Halstead; Aaron M. Kauffman; Jeremy D. Smeltz 

2014:  Maria Belloti; Daniela Dimayuga; Eszter Gyurgyak