Foundation honors donors and scholars in Graham

by Darin Allred | Dec 03, 2012 <p> </p>

GRAHAM-The North Central Texas College Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of students and the donors who helped provide scholarships for those students at a Donor/Scholar Luncehon Friday at the NCTC Graham campus.

The event allowed scholarship recipients the chance to meet and personally thank the donors who gave money for scholarships through the NCTC Foundation. It also allowed the donors to get to know the students and learn more about them and their future plans.

Neal Blanton, an NCTC Graham Campus Foundation board member, welcomed those in attendance.

"There is no better way to ensure a strong foundation for the future than through education," Blanton said. "As we all know, an educated workforce is the key to a successful community. Thanks to the commitment of Graham citizens through the passage of the branch campus maintenance tax, we are able to offer higher education to our community."

Blanton then recognized the Foundation board that serves the Graham campus. He pointed out that NCTC reached a milestone this semester with more than 10,000 students enrolled in credit classes system-wide.

Debbie Sharp, the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at NCTC, then recognized several donors that endowed scholarships or provided annual scholarships to support students attending the Graham campus.

As part of her senior project, Sarah Christian provided the leadership to establish the Graham Class of 2010 Scholarship. Through the support of community members, more than $16,500 has been raised to support dual-credit scholarships for Graham ISD students.

The Louis and Mary Pitcock Jr. Scholarship was established by Louis and Mary Pitcock to assistant a resident of Young County in attending the NCTC Graham campus. Recipients of this scholarship can be an academic or technical major and must have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

The Roy T. Pitcock Family Scholarship was established to assist students with financial need attending the Graham campus in pursuing their educational goals. Long-time oil and gas leaders in Graham, the Pitcock family has also assisted the college with the expansion of the oil and gas program on the Graham campus.

Through the Bertha Foundation, the Street family has had a significant impact on the ability of Graham ISD students to attend the NCTC Graham campus. The Bertha Foundation has provided dual-credit scholarships for juniors and seniors from Graham ISD to take college courses. In addition, the Bertha Foundation also provides scholarships for graduating Graham ISD students to attend NCTC. This fall, 53 students received Bertha Foundation scholarships. Bruce and Alice Ann Street were recognized.

The guest speaker at Friday's luncheon was Marcia Little, a full-time English instructor on the NCTC Graham campus.

Kim Birdwell, the Director of the NCTC Graham campus, then introduced two scholarship recipients, Chab Jaramillo and Dan Hawkins, who each spoke about how the scholarships they received have helped them in their goal of obtaining an education.

Diane Cody, another member of the NCTC Graham Foundation, then congratulated and thanked all of the scholarship recipients and donors on behalf of the Foundation.

The luncheon ended as NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock again thanked the donors and congratulated the scholarship recipients and encouraged them to become donors themselves one day.

For more information about the NCTC Foundation, contact Sharp at 940-668-3305.