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The McDermott Scholars Award covers all expenses of a superb four-year academic education at The University of Texas at Dallas, in concert with a diverse array of intensive extracurricular experiences, including internships, travel, and cultural enrichment.

Monday, September 15, 2003


I was in Nawaikoke, Uganda about 70 miles north of Jinja; smack in the middle of Africa, teaching grade school kids about HIV/AIDS.

When we arrived at Nawaikoke College, the school had very few textbooks, perhaps one per subject for the teachers to use. They also had the foundation of a library built, but had run out of money to complete it. After my local newspaper the Katy Times published an article about my situation, the people of Katy, Texas donated over 1,300 books, the cost of shipping them out to Uganda, and all the funds necessary to complete the project. It took a lot of work to make it happen -- you can't just call a contractor and sign a check in the Ugandan bush -- but somehow, we got it finished. The students and the headmaster and I are all so happy and so grateful to the people of Katy Texas for their immense generosity.

>> Learn more about Aidan's trip to Uganda

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