Although Teresa and Joe grew up in small towns, education became was very important to them. Teresa Lozano grew up in Premont, where her father had a dairy business. After graduating high school in 1945, she earned her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin in only three years. After which she taught in areas surrounding her home town.
Joe Long, meanwhile, was raised in Sonora until his father moved the family to Centerville, a small town between Houston and Dallas. After earning the validvictorian spot and class president of Centerville High School in 1947, he attended Tarlton State for two years and then enrolled in UT Austin where he earned a bachelors degree in 1951.
After returning from military duty, Joe went back to earn his law degree from UT and Teresa her doctrate in education. The couple soon married.
Joe, working in banking and finance, he became successful as an attorney with the State Securities Board as an investigator and later private and administrative law primarily for banking, savings and loans, and as part of a group that organized two Austin banks: First State Bank and Community National Bank. In time, serving as chairman and executive officer for both. He also invested in real estate, oil and stocks and bonds.
Teresa worked many years as an education consultant to the Texas Education Agency, Head Start and other federal programs.
Now, the Longs are paving the way for the future of Texans.
The Lozano-Long Promise Opportunity Scholarship provides deserving students with financial need the resources to complete their education and fulfill their dreams. Without the genorosity of the Longs, many TSTC Harlingen students would not be able to complete their college education.
In 2002, the Longs committed $10,000,000 to America's Promise, a national corporation that challanges the country to make children and youth a national priority. The Long Foundation is dedicated to benefiting Texas Hispanic youth. Through their gifts, the Longs hope to encourage others to give. They have matched all scholarship donations up to $100,000.
To date, more than $1 million in funds has supported students and their educational goals.
For more information or giving opportunities, contact Amy Lynch, Director for Institutional Advancement at (956) 364-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit to our Ways to Give page.