“I shouldn’t tear up about it but I do because my mother provided so much for me,” Gipson said in a recent phone interview from Ohio. “To see her face when I was the first in the family to graduate college, it really meant a lot to me.”
Gipson, who graduated from the UH College of Education in 1999 with a bachelor’s in kinesiology, recently started the Shone D. Gipson Endowed Scholarship to help future Cougars in need.
“I wanted to be able to give something back to the College that provided so much to me,” Gipson said. “I was very fortunate that I got a scholarship while I was at the University of Houston. It helped me more than people know. I came from a background where my parents didn’t have a lot.”