2019 Replenishment Grant Scholarship Recipients

In 2019 the BYU Austin Alumni Association awarded seven replenishment grants to students from central Texas.  We will highlight these students who received grants due to generous donations and participation in Austin Alumni events.  If you know a current BYU student from central Texas, they can get more information about replenishment grants at this site.


Hunter Gray


 Hunter Gray is a senior at Brigham Young University from Round Rock, Texas. He will be graduating in April 2020 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Gerontology. He recently has been Awarded the Utah Lt. Governor Service Award, Presidential Service Award, and was named to the College of Life Sciences Academic Dean’s List.

After Graduation, Hunter plans to pursue a career in medicine. This summer he will be working in the Army Reserves as an Operating Room Specialist and will receive national certification as a Surgical Technician. He plans to pursue the military Health Professions Scholarship Program through the United States Army and attend medical school in the state of Texas. He hopes to have a practice in the Austin area working with veterans. 

Hunter and his wife love to travel. They recently returned from a humanitarian trip to Southern Uganda where they spent five weeks working with the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation. Working with local health workers, they were able to coordinate medical outreaches to the rural regions of Uganda. They also participated in research centered on maternal health and the social implications of HIV/AIDS.


Emilee McFadden


 Hello! My name is Emilee McFadden and I am a Junior at BYU studying Economics with minors in Spanish and Business. I am the oldest of five children who now live in Austin, Texas. They are everything to me. Our family lived in New Hampshire until I was fourteen, at which time we moved to San Francisco, California. There I went to high school, playing soccer, competing on swim team, trying out rugby for a year, and running track. I was also heavily involved in choir, taught piano lessons, and worked as a lifeguard. I served a mission in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Mission speaking Spanish. It was an incredibly influential experience, and though it was difficult, I am so grateful for the testimony of Jesus Christ I gained by serving a mission. 

I now attend BYU and have two years left. I plan on doing financial planning and advisement after graduating and then teaching in high school. I currently work for University Relations as a tour guide for BYU (so if you come visit campus, I would love to meet you and give you a tour!) I am a member of the BYU Student Advisory Council, which is comprised of approximately 40 students who research certain problems on campus and present solutions to the President’s Council each year. I have volunteered with Provo Youth Mentoring every week, spending an hour with sixth-grade students who move here from a South American country. 

I love the Hispanic culture and the Spanish language. I love hiking and being outside. I enjoy swimming and getting together with friends to play music and sing together. I am grateful for your contribution in helping me financially with my education. I am dedicated to making the most of your contribution. 

Naomi Rapier Sharman


 My name is Naomi Rapier Sharman, I’m entering my senior year of studying Microbiology at BYU. I grew up in Texas and Utah. I have a large family whom I adore! My hobbies include singing, rock climbing, family history, working in a cancer research lab on BYU campus, and spending time with my husband. I’ve been fascinated with the microscopic world for as long as I can remember. I plan to pursue a PhD in Immunology following my graduation. My ideal future includes having a large family, helping to perfect cancer immunotherapy, and becoming a polyglot with my husband.

Scholarship Fund Raising Goals

The Austin BYU Alumni chapter has the goal to double the amount of scholarships that we give away in 2020. If you would like to donate to Austin BYU Alumni Scholarship Fund, or if you would like to volunteer to help with our awesome events, please drop us a note at byualumniaustin@gmail.com.