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One donor’s story: A memory and a legacy When Maria Garcia thinks about her daughter, Clarissa ters made her feel she was involved with something important Danielle Garcia, who was killed in a tragic 2003 crash as a high at NMSU. school senior, her heart fills with conflicting emotions: sadness “I felt very involved – like I was really a part of it,” she says. for the loss of her precious daughter at such a young age, and “It was a really moving experience. I got a little emotional, seehope for the legacy her daughter’s name will leave for hundreds ing what was happening there.” of students. Charlotte Tallman ’02 Clarissa dreamed of becoming a teacher. She was already earning college credits as a high school student and teaching Sunday school to get a head start. To honor that dream, Garcia and her husband, Sammy, created the Clarissa D. Garcia Endowed Scholarship at NMSU, which benefits aspiring teachers in the NMSU College of Education. “It brings me some peace and happiness to know that her legacy is helping students become teachers,” Garcia says. “That was her dream; that’s all she ever talked about.” GivingTuesday allowed Garcia, her family and friends to build the scholarship and ensure that even more students would have an opportunity to earn a degree. Garcia Maria Garcia, center, is joined by Marisela Marquez, left, Raymundo Payan and Gabriella says attending the activities at GivingTuesday headquar- Martinez at GivingTuesday headquarters on Dec. 1. Spring 2016 | New Mexico State University | Panorama


Panorama - Spring 2016  

Panorama is NMSU's Alumni and Friends magazine. To read the current issue, visit To view the Fall 2016 issue as a...

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