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Two large foundations in the Fort Bend County area, the George Foundation and the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation have made  significant donations to the students and veterans of Texas State Technical College.

“Both foundations have been integral in the creation of the new Fort Bend campus and both have contributed considerable gifts toward the Texan Success Scholarship,” said John Kennedy, TSTC field development officer.”

In honor of long-time Fort Bend resident Bill Jameson and his 10 years of service as a trustee for the George Foundation, the foundation committed a $250,000 gift for scholarships to be dispersed over a 10-year period.

“The foundation is passionate about TSTC’s mission and the opportunity the new campus will provide to young men and women from Fort Bend County,” said CEO of the George Foundation Roger Adamson. “Scholarships will make the dream of a good paying job even more accessible to veterans and economically-disadvantaged students.”

The Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation donated $100,000 for scholarship to be awarded to students attending TSTC in Fort Bend County. In addition, the Foundation committed to funding a position for the recruitment of students who formerly served in the Armed Forces.

“Through the Veterans Services Representative, the Board of Directors wants to provide an opportunity for veterans to transition their military skills into the civilian workplace,” said the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation Chief Executive Officer Pat McDonald.

Vice Chancellor and Chief Execution Officer Randy Wooten and Kennedy have been working together, reaching out to prospective donors­­­­­ to ensure that students enrolling at TSTC in Fort Bend have an opportunity of receiving a scholarship that will go toward their tuition. Both are members of various boards in Fort Bend County such as the Economic Development Board, and attend community events to spread TSTC’s message.

“We are so thankful for the network of partners and supporters we have here in Fort Bend,” said Kennedy. “Everyone has been so welcoming. We want to give a big thank you to our partners, donors and community leaders who are so supportive of our mission. Our goal is to serve Fort Bend County for many generations to come.”

The Texan Success Scholarship is “non-need based” $1,000 award for new, full-time students to provide cost assistance for the first two consecutive semesters of enrollment at TSTC. The first 500 students who complete an application and enroll at TSTC in Fort Bend County will receive the scholarship.

TSTC offers more than 60 technical programs statewide.  TSTC in Fort Bend County currently offers three programs: HVAC Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology and Precision Machining Technology. Starting August 2016, the college will also offer Industrial Maintenance Technology, Cyber Security, Telecommunications Convergence Technology and Welding Technology. Certificates and associate degree tracks are available for each program.

To make a donation to the Make a Texas-Sized Difference Campaign, learn more about TSTC or giving opportunities to the college, go online at http://www.tstc.edu/tstcfoundation/annualscholarship/  or call 254-867-3900.

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