Donor Spotlights

Supporting Education
One Scholarship at a Time

The Lubrizol Corporation has been a longtime supporter of San Jacinto College, thanks in part to Chris Hext, Lubrizol’s public affairs manager. Hext’s personal connection to San Jacinto College is special, and he knows firsthand what it means to be San Jac Certified. He attended San Jacinto College after earning a business degree from a university, and several of his family members, including his son, have degrees from San Jacinto College. Hext is also an active member and supporter of the San Jacinto College Foundation, serving on its board of directors.

For nearly 30 years, Lubrizol has supported student success by donating a total of $261,600, to assist 663 San Jacinto College students with scholarships. Money many students may not have had otherwise to put toward their education. What is even more

unique is that Lubrizol does not limit its scholarships to just process technology students.

“We love San Jacinto College,” said Hext. “Lubrizol believes in supporting the education of our local community, and we strongly identify with San Jacinto College.”

This year, 32 students from four different disciplines – business and professional services, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and industrial and applied technology – were fortunate enough to receive $500 scholarships. For many students, this money goes a long way.

“What San Jacinto College does for the community is great – the College provides affordable education and helps people get good jobs, not just in our industry, but in many other areas.”

For medical laboratory technology student Tessa Owen, a 2013 Lubrizol scholarship recipient, the financial assistance not only helps her, but her family as well. “My

parents have been paying for my college tuition, so this first scholarship really helps my family. Getting this scholarship definitely shows me that I am headed in the right direction.”

In addition to supporting San Jacinto College and its students through scholarships, Lubrizol also provides valuable advice and information year after year. Through regular participation on the College’s process technology program advisory board, and with equipment donations to the process technology program, San Jacinto College students are receiving the most up-to-date training necessary that will translate to jobs after they become San Jac Certified.

Lubrizol’s continued commitment and dedication to San Jacinto College and student success is a true testament to the importance of higher education in our community and the essential difference we are making, together, every day.

Truck for a Buck

City of La Porte donates not one –
but two – fire trucks for training

Like an infamous cinematic line, the City of La Porte made an offer San Jacinto College just could not refuse. What’s even better is that they did it twice.

In December, La Porte offered the College a Ferrara fire truck at the price of just $1. That’s right. One buck. The truck, in addition to another fire truck contribution made by La Porte earlier this year, will serve as a much-needed training tool for the San Jacinto College Firefighter Training Academy.

“Learning the various operations and all of the little details that go along with a fire truck prepares us even more for when we arrive on a scene,” said Genise Williams, Firefighter Training Academy cadet.

The Firefighter Training Academy delivers 592 hours of training over seven courses, compared to the 468 hours required by the state. Once certified, cadets may pursue their associate degree in Firefighting.

“Supporting the San Jacinto College Firefighter Training Academy is very important, not only for the cadets who are training, but to the citizens of La Porte because a lot of these student come back to us to work as firefighters,” said La Porte Mayor Louis Rigby.

The fire protection degree program at San Jacinto College was started by a volunteer La Porte firefighter in the early 1980s. It boasts a near 100 percent pass rate on the state exams.

San Jacinto College is thankful for the continued generous support of the City of La Porte. Because of the partnership the College has with the city, San Jacinto College is able to provide the very best in training to our students, who are becoming San Jac Certified and preparing for careers in public safety.

Annual Golf Tournament and Reception Raises $135,000 for Student Scholarships

The San Jacinto College Foundation raised $135,000 at its 18th annual golf tournament and reception, held in early November at the Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park.

“With the support of our amazing community, we raised $15,000 more than last year,” said Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director. “I am truly humbled and grateful for the generosity of our community and our great sponsors. This money will go toward student scholarships and student success initiatives, providing an opportunity for many students who may not have otherwise had the chance to attend college.”

Proceeds from the golf tournament and reception go directly the Promise for Their Future scholarship fund, which helps San Jacinto College students attend college and gain the skills they need to further their education or enter the workforce. To date, the golf tournament and reception have raised more than $1.6 million for student scholarships and programs to support teaching and learning.

One of this year’s scholarship recipients, Freddie Munoz, is working towards fulfilling his dreams of a career in computer science, and is thankful for the scholarship. “This gift is my motivation and strength, and pushes me even harder to complete my degree,

because I have people like you that I cannot let down,” he said. “Nobody in my family has ever graduated from college. I will work hard to ensure I will be the first in my family to graduate.”