NCTC Foundation honors donors and scholarship recipients

Elizabeth F. Abu | Nov 21, 2017

The North Central Texas College Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of students and the donors who helped provide scholarships for those students at the annual Donors and Scholars Breakfast Friday at Lions Fieldhouse on the NCTC Gainesville campus.

The theme of this year’s breakfast was “Adventures under the Sea.”

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.

Ryan Morris, the President of the NCTC Foundation, welcomed the crowd and thanked the donors for their support of the scholarship program and wished the recipients good luck as they continue their pursuit of education.

“As the fish under the sea travel in schools to learn the ways of the sea, our students travel to NCTC to further their education. Donors, your contributions are helping students with their ‘adventures under the NCTC sea’ to help them better their futures and the communities that they live in,” Morris said. “The NCTC Foundation is very proud of our students’ accomplishments and the commitment of our donors to provide these opportunities for our students.”

Debbie Sharp, NCTC Vice Chancellor of External Affairs, announced that five newly-endowed scholarships have been established within the past year.

As a former Vice President of Instruction and Dean of Technical programs, Maurice Robeson understands the importance of scholarships and outside funding. Maurice and her family have established the Robeson Family Promise Fund. Through the fund they will continue to award the Freddie Robeson Oil & Gas Technology Memorial Scholarship, Freddie Robeson Equine Scholarship, and the Lois Boaz Scholarship. In addition, they have established the Robeson Family Promise Scholarship to assist dual credit students attending NCTC after graduation. The fund has also started the Robeson Excellence in Teaching Award to help faculty implement innovative ideas to improve student learning.

Michael & Linda Cates recently established the Michael B. and Linda N. Cates Scholarship for health science majors. They are also targeting military veterans and their spouses to assist with their education.

In order to say thank you and honor his grandparents for all their support as he was growing up, NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace established the Lester and Dorothy Keeton Scholarship Fund to assist NCTC Honors students in obtaining their education.

A long time support of the NCTC Bowie Campus, Atmos Energy has recently established an endowed scholarship to support students enrolled in programs offered at the new Industrial Technology Center that will be opening this spring.

In honor of her mother, Angie Bullard has established the Sherry Brummett Memorial Dual Credit Scholarship to assist Callisburg Varsity Volleyball Players to pursue their education. Mrs. Brummett passed away suddenly at volleyball game hosted at NCTC and had been a life-long supporter of volleyball and the Callisburg community.

Sharp also announced that in April, during an employee giving campaign, 79% of NCTC’s full-time faculty and staff made contributions to scholarships. The faculty and staff were able to raise almost $50,000 to support students.

The guest speaker at Friday’s breakfast was NCTC Instructor Dr. Crystal Wright, last year’s recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Morris then introduced two scholarship recipients, Haven Smith and Christy Harder, who each spoke about how the scholarships they received have helped them in their goal of obtaining an education.

Morris also introduced Emilio Gonzalez, NCTC Alumni and scholarship recipient. He was able to relay to the donors what the scholarships meant to him looking back to the beginning of his educational experience.

Pat Lawson, an NCTC Foundation board member, then told the audience that since 1986, more than 20,000 scholarships have been awarded valued at more than $7.2 million.

The breakfast ended as NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace introduced Board of Regents members in attendance and again thanked the donors and congratulated the scholarship recipients.

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



NCTC Students and scholarship recipients Christy Harder (left) and Haven Smith (right) shared their stories Friday at the NCTC Foundation Donor Scholar Breakfast.



NCTC Scholarship recipients were united with scholarship donors at Friday’s Donor Scholar Breakfast held on the NCTC Gainesville campus. Back row (left to right): NCTC Foundation Board Member Pat Lawson, NCTC Catholic Charities Representative John Moragues, Lindsay McKenna, and Jon Bell. Front row (left to right): Haven Smith and Michelle Reeves.