Southside Bank Gives $25k to Support UT Tyler Students Scholarships to aid students affected by COVID-19

April 12, 2020

TYLER, Texas (April 9, 2020) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that Southside Bank has gifted $25,000 for scholarships to help students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Southside Bank Hole-in-One Scholars program will target students enrolled for fall 2020 who have a financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Twenty-five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

“Our students are experiencing the economic consequences of COVID-19,” said Dr. Michael Tidwell, UT Tyler president. “This generous gift from our friends at Southside Bank demonstrates their commitment to student success.”

Southside Bank has supported the UT Tyler Million Dollar Hole-in-One as the title sponsor for many years. The Hole-in-One is part of the annual UT Tyler Patriot Classic golf event, which has been postponed due to COVID-19.

“We understand the financial impact the pandemic has had on students in our region. Supporting education is important to Southside Bank, and we want to help meet the needs of deserving students, especially during this difficult time,” said Lee Gibson, Southside Bank president and CEO.

Current and incoming students can apply for the Southside Bank Hole-in-One scholarship at

Applications will be accepted April 9 – 22. Applicants will submit an essay explaining how their life has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered to nearly 10,000 students. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News and World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.