Ask relatives of the Mrs. Emil Mogonye family, and they’ll tell you they proudly “Bleed Purple.”

This past weekend, members of the family gathered to officially establish a scholarship endowment at Tarleton State University on Feb. 17, creating a lasting legacy at their alma mater to benefit students originating from Central Texas.

The Mogonye Family Scholarship Endowment will provide funds annually to deserving full-time students attending Tarleton that graduated from a high school in Bastrop, Williamson or Lee counties. Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio welcomed the Mogonye relatives and joined them for an afternoon scholarship signing ceremony at the first family’s on-campus residence, Trogdon House.

The late Emil Mogonye and wife Janelle Mogonye sent all three of their children to study at Tarleton, including Roger and Tracy Mogonye, all of Elgin, and Judy Mogonye Lloyd of Stephenville, Texas. It’s also the campus where Roger met his future wife, Suzanne Gibson Mogonye, and where four of the couple’s children and a daughter-in-law also attended: Dr. Jason Mogonye, M.D. of Fort Worth, Whitney Mogonye of Elgin, Jennifer and Jake Mogonye of Elgin, and Justin Mogonye of Round Rock. Also graduating from Tarleton is grandson Kurt Mogonye, who is a professional staff member with the university’s Division of Institutional Advancement and Marketing & Communications Department.

In addition to those family members from Elgin, several other grandchildren of Janelle Mogonye’s also attended Tarleton, including Scott Lloyd of Lockhart; Sally and Rob Lloyd of Stephenville; Erin and David Lloyd of Godley; and Rachel Young, who is a current graduate student.