NCTC Foundation honors donors, scholarship recipients

Elizabeth F. Abu | Nov 15, 2018

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 “Empower the Future.”

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.

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

NCTC Board of Regents President Karla Metzler and her brother Todd Fore have established a scholarship fund to honor their parents and the importance of education that their parent’s instilled in them. They have established the Travis and LeMarylis Fore Scholarship for students who have financial need and are residents of Cooke and Montague Counties. 

Having the longest employment status of any employee at NCTC, Mr. James Crump has established “The Crump” Scholarship to assist students in gaining their education. Crump was employed at NCTC for over 50 years and continues as faculty emeritus, assisting with student tutoring.

As a long time NCTC Foundation Board member, Shirley Weems understands the impact that scholarships have on our students. This year, Shirley decided to establish an endowed scholarship so she could continue her legacy of helping others through scholarships.

The First State Bank is a long-time supporter of NCTC and through this philanthropy they have set an example for their employees. Last year, a group of retirees from the First State Bank contacted the Foundation about establishing the First State Bank Retirees Scholarships to assist NCTC students. As someone retires from the bank, this group collects donations in that person’s honor and contributes to this scholarship. First State Bank has also contributed to assist them in endowing this scholarship. 

The Argyle United Methodist Church Men’s group has hosted a fundraising event, “Casting for the Cause,” over the past three years to raise scholarships for students attending NCTC from Denton County. This year, they were able to establish an endowed scholarship to continue their legacy of helping others to better themselves through education.

Last year the college lost a longtime friend and supporter – Dr. Bill Ledbetter.  He was a long-time history faculty member, he served as chair of the Board of Regents and he served on the Foundation Board. His wife, Pat, recently established an endowed scholarship in his name to continue his passion and legacy of helping students get their education at NCTC. 

Janell Kupper, of Valley View, was a dedicated wife, mother, community volunteer and advocate. This past year, her husband James and family friends Matthew and Kristen Van Baale established an endowed scholarship in her honor. The Janell Kupper Memorial Scholarship will assist students from Cooke County majoring in Agriculture or Education who have a financial need to obtain their education. 

B-29 Investments has also supported the establishment of an endowed Promise Scholarship to provide financial support for students. Through this donation, eligible students will be able to reduce the amount of education debt they have while attending NCTC.

The guest speaker at Friday’s breakfast was NCTC Instructor Sherry Smith, the 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Morris then introduced three scholarship recipients, Autumn Myers, Ibrahim Yillah, and Rachel Stephens, who each spoke about how the scholarships they received have helped them in their goal of obtaining an education.

Charley Lanier, an NCTC Foundation board member, then told the audience that since 1986, more than 22,000 scholarships have been awarded valued at more than $8 million.

NCTC Denton County Foundation Vice President Mark Merki announced the college’s Empower the Future Campaign. As part of this campaign, NCTC is establishing a downtown Denton campus, through the generous donation of $1 million from First State Bank. The First State Bank Exchange at North Central Texas College is set to open Fall 2019.

Another priority of the campaign is to raise scholarship funds for NCTC students. The NCTC Foundation set a base goal of $1 million and a challenge goal of $2 million. Through this campaign the Foundation has raised over $2.3 million. Merki announced that the Foundation set a new victory goal of $3.5 million for scholarships.

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 Autumn Myers (left), Ibrahim Yillah (center), and Rachel Stephens (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. NCTC students and scholarship recipients Nathan Dieter (left), and Kayln Pulte (center), met donor and NCTC Foundation Board member Dr. T. Milton Dickson (right).