Golf tournament and reception raise record $175,000 for student scholarships

12.16.2014 | By Amanda Booren

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College Foundation raised $175,000 in support of student scholarships at its 19th annual golf tournament and reception, held earlier this semester at the Golf Club of Houston, home of the Shell Houston Open.

“This was a record-setting year for us with the funds raised at our annual golf tournament,” said Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director. “The overwhelming generosity and support of our community never ceases to amaze and humble me. I want to thank everyone who came out to play in the tournament, or attended the reception. It was a great day all around, and the money raised will directly benefit students in their pursuit of a college degree.”

To date, the San Jacinto College Golf Tournament with Guest Host Andy Pettitte has raised more than $2 million in support of student scholarships. This year’s recipients of an Andy Pettitte scholarship are Darby Macha and Monica Frias. Macha is an Honors student with a 3.64 GPA in mathematics. She plans to transfer to the University of Houston – Clear Lake for the Spring semester to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Frias owns a 3.34 GPA, and her goal is to become a nurse. Both students received $1,000 toward their Fall tuition.

In a thank you note to Pettitte, Macha says, “Thank you so very much for your contribution toward my education. I am a full-time student majoring in mathematics, president of the Artificial Intelligence Technology Club, and an active Honors student. I enjoy doing STEM outreach to local students in and out of the College. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and very helpful, for someone in my position.”

A highlight of the reception was the presentation of the Legacy Award to Roy and Sue Mease. The couple is longtime supporters of San Jacinto College and the San Jacinto College Foundation. Roy joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2008. A private practice attorney in Pasadena, he is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He was recently appointed Port Commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority, and serves as chairman of the Pasadena Second Century Corporation. He is a past City of Pasadena council member, and has also served as president of the Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo, and has been a director of the organization for 44 years. The couple celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in October.

“Both Roy and Sue Mease live their life to pay it forward, and are deeply involved in the community, rodeo, and San Jacinto College,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “They are generous supporters, and have established the Kipper Mease Endowment for student scholarships in memory of their kind spirited son, Kipper, who lost his life at the young age of 20. Roy and Sue Mease are very deserving of this Legacy Award.”

To date, the Kipper Mease Endowment stands at $100,000.

Major sponsors for this year’s golf tournament included:  Albemarle Corporation; Albemarle Foundation; Brooks & Sparks, Inc.; Coca~Cola; Construction Masters and Sunbelt Rentals; Frank Nadolney; Frank Rizzo & Associates; Daniel J. Snooks, Attorney; Furniture Marketing Group; Generation Park; Haworth; Higman Marine; McGriff, Seibels & Williams of Texas, Inc.; Meador Staffing Services, Inc.; Physicians ER; Steve L. Cowart; and Texas Citizens Bank.


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, 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. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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