Veterans awarded scholarships
11.24.2013 | By Amanda L. Booren
PHOTO CUTLINE: Six San Jacinto College veteran students received scholarships through the San Jacinto College Foundation. Pictured at a recent board meeting are (left to right): Gary Alston, scholarship recipient; Silvia Escobedo, scholarship recipient; Jeffrey Everitt, scholarship recipient; Willie Bush, scholarship recipient; Daisy Saenz, San Jacinto College Central Campus veteran success coordinator; Manuel Orlando Fernandez, scholarship recipient; Ricky Lynn Sistrunk, scholarship recipient; Ruth Keenan, executive director, San Jacinto College Foundation; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Dr. Bill Raffetto, interim provost, San Jacinto College; and Eugene Bernard, San Jacinto College South Campus veteran success coordinator. Photo credit: Amanda L. Booren, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
Veterans awarded scholarships
Amanda L. Booren -- November 26, 2013
PASADENA, Texas – The first group of veteran students to receive a Wall of Honor plaque and scholarship were recognized on Veterans Day at the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees meeting.
The six veteran students were selected amongst their peers to receive the student plaques, which will be hung on the Wall of Honor at each San Jacinto College campus. In addition, the students each received a certificate and $500 scholarship from the San Jacinto College Foundation.
“This is a tremendous honor for us to recognize and reward the men and women who represent all of those who have served our country,” said San Jacinto College Foundation Executive Director, Ruth Keenan. “Each of these men and women are deserving of this recognition. We look forward to continuing to award our veteran students with the money they need to help them transition to college and civilian life en route to finding a career in their chosen field.”
The six students that received a plaque and scholarship are:
- Lance Corporal Ricky Lynn Sistrunk, United States Marine Corp. Mr. Sistrunk is pusuing a general studies degree at San Jacinto College so that he can transfer to the University of Texas or Prairie View A&M University to complete a registered nursing degree.
- Hospital Man Manuel Orlando Fernandez, United States Navy Reserves. Mr. Fernandez is pursuing a licensed vocational nursing degree at San Jacinto College.
- Specialist Willie Bush, United States Army. Mr. Bush is pursuing a degree in auto technology, General Motors specialty, and carries a 3.12 grade point average.
- Private First Class Gary Alston, United States Army. Mr. Alston has a perfect 4.0 grade point average as part of the San Jacinto College air conditioning technology program.
- Sergeant Silvia Escobedo, United States Army accounting program. Ms. Escobedo is working towards an associate degree in accounting, and plans to transfer to a four-year university.
- Private First Class Jeffrey Everitt, United States Marines. Mr. Everitt earned an Associate of Arts in History from San Jacinto College and is currently pursuing a degree in dietetics food service management.
For more information about services offered to veteran students at San Jacinto College, visit www.sanjac.edu/veterans.
About the San Jacinto College Foundation
The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information about the Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit www.sanjacfoundation.org, or call 281-998-6104.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.