This year, 50 is the magic number for the Bayshore Medical Center volunteer auxiliary. The group is celebrating its 50th years of service by giving $50,000 toward San Jacinto College scholarships.
Twenty-five San Jacinto College nursing students have each already received $1,000 scholarships this semester for their tuition. In the Spring, the volunteers will donate another award of $25,000 to the College for more scholarships. It's a gift that gives students like Emily Duggan a bit of relief when it comes to college expenses.
"This scholarship helps me out a lot," said Duggan, who was encouraged by her mother, Melissa Jackson, to attend the San Jacinto College nursing program. Jackson graduated from San Jacinto College in 1991 and has since earned her bachelor's degree in nursing. She has worked as a nurse for Bayshore Medical Center for more than 20 years. "My mom has been the one helping me out with my tuition, so I'm very appreciate to the volunteers for this gift."
John Logan, Bayshore Medical Center volunteer and upcoming scholarship chairman, said funds are raised each year through purchases from the Bayshore Medical Center gift shop. He noted that giving funds to the San Jacinto College nursing program is an investment toward the future health care workforce while also bringing some financial relief to the students.
"It's important to help all people because it instills in them a sense of relief and the knowledge that someone believes in them," said Logan. "We're giving this money to advance students in the nursing program because we may see them here one day at Bayshore. It comes full circle."
Since its inception, Bayshore Medical Center has given nearly $500,000 in support of San Jacinto College students through equipment and scholarship assistance. Approximately 302 students from programs such as nursing, radiology, physical therapy, surgical technology, and emergency medical technician have received assistance through the group's donations.
"This is a community in which we can all be proud, one that includes passionate people like the volunteers of Bayshore Medical Center, who are devoted to giving back to their community to make it strong and vibrant," said Ruth Keenan, executive director of the San Jacinto College Foundation. "San Jacinto College is forever grateful for the continuous support given to our students."
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.