The San Jacinto College Foundation held its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, June 5, at the College’s Maritime Campus.
The event serves as an opportunity for scholarship donors to meet the San Jacinto College students their gifts served, and a chance for the students to thank the donors and update them on how the scholarship impacted their success.
San Jacinto College student Zahra Cope engaged attendees with her personal story about growing up in a village in Somalia where education was not attainable, marriage was the ultimate expectation for women, and how the decision to pursue a higher education was only the first step in her long journey. In addition to having to learn the English language, Cope talked about her perseverance to become a great student, the struggles she had in writing, and how none of it would be possible without scholarships she received from donors to the San Jacinto College Foundation. “This is my final semester at San Jacinto College, and I was worried that I would not be able to register for classes,” said Cope, a recipient of the Hold ‘Em and Hit ‘Em Club and San Jac Stars scholarships. “The scholarships that I have received through the San Jacinto College Foundation have provided a great deal of financial relief for me, and I can’t thank these scholarship donors enough. Without their donations, I would not have been able to complete my associate degree. Each of them are contributing a great deal to student success at San Jacinto College.” Cope will pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Houston- Clear Lake this fall.
Student Genie Bradley also gave a thank you speech that also illustrated her personal story. Both she and her husband are current students at the College, and her husband recently decided to re-enlist in the United States military. While she is no stranger to being a military spouse, Bradley shared that completing her associate degree in nursing will open many doors for employment as a registered nurse (RN) wherever she and her husband are stationed. “Because donors like you believe in the San Jacinto College Foundation, you believe in people like me who want to go out into the world and make a difference,” said Bradley, a recipient of the John S. Dunn Foundation, Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, and John P. McGovern Foundation scholarships. “Knowing you made a positive impact on someone’s life and the community is the best gift you can give someone.”
Visit the San Jacinto College Foundation site for more information on how to become a donor for scholarships.
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 served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.