Mark Gour, Market Manager of Grainger’s Deer Park location, presents a $10,000 donation to the San Jacinto College Foundation, represented by Ruth Keenan, executive director of the Foundation. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $10,000 to the San Jacinto College Foundation in support of its mission to provide a skilled workforce through training and education.


“This grant will be used to help qualifying students achieve their educational and career goals by providing much needed scholarships,” commented Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation Executive Director. “We are grateful to the Grainger Foundation for its generosity, which helps make it possible for San Jacinto College to fulfill its mission of providing high-quality workforce training.”


Keenan noted that partnerships between industry and education lead to better jobs and a stronger community.


The donation was recommended by Mark Gour, Market Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Deer Park location. Grainger has been a part of the Deer Park community for more than 50 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “We are proud to recommend the programs offered by the San Jacinto College Foundation,” said Gour. “We understand the need for a skilled and well-trained workforce.”


The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.


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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