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Current Issue: April 14, 2003
Volume 38, Number 18

Scholarship honors alumnus

By Carolyn Gonzales

Kevin Ryan, a presidential scholar and a 1984 graduate of the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, died of AIDS in 1991. His family established the Kevin Ryan Endowed Scholarship in his honor. The scholarship also honors his mother, Marian, who died following a long battle with cancer in 2001.
Prior to his illness, Ryan was an architect in Austin and Seattle.

“Julie Stewart is the current scholarship recipient,” said Robin Ryan, UNM associate director of Admissions and Kevin’s sister (see Spotlight above). The idea was to have the recipient come from Silver City, and Stewart does.

“Before she died, my mom got to meet Julie and her parents,” Ryan said.
Andy Pressman, director of the architecture program in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, said, “These kinds of endowments are meaningful on multiple dimensions. In this case, the Ryan scholarship made the difference for a student from an underrepresented area not only to attend the architecture program, but also perform with great success.
“Moreover, the scholarship is a permanent recognition of someone’s life and the significance of the architecture program in enriching it. The Ryan scholarship is indeed a model for others to emulate.”
Roger Schluntz, dean of the School, said, “The School of Architecture and Planning is small enough that we develop strong ties to nearly all our students.  We are pleased to be able to honor Kevin Ryan, one of our graduates, with an endowed scholarship and keep his memory with us, while also helping a deserving and very appreciative student.  The Kevin Ryan Endowed Scholarship has been supplemented with contributions following the death of Kevin’s mother, Marian Ryan, in 2001.  The family’s splendid generosity is far reaching and deeply appreciated.”