Foundation Donor Spotlight: Wayne and Krista Hovey
02.26.2019 | By Andrea Vasquez
Students in San Jacinto College’s technical programs will have additional scholarship opportunities thanks to Wayne and Krista Hovey. In what Krista refers to as “Wayne’s brainchild,” after more than 27 years as an operator in the petrochemical industry, the Hoveys wanted to pay it forward, and by chance, Wayne found a way to do that.
“Before he passed away, Wayne was sitting at the kitchen table one night looking up various charitable organizations online,” said Krista, who is a San Jacinto College engineering design graphics program alumna. “All of a sudden, he came across the San Jacinto College Foundation webpage, and it really struck a chord with him. Throughout his years working, he often had to train young incoming operators who didn’t have some of the basic skills necessary to do their jobs. When he saw what the College is doing with their technical programs, especially the new Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, he said he wanted to leave a legacy for future students entering the workforce.”
Krista is now carrying Wayne’s vision forward with their scholarship endowment for high school students entering into the College’s technical programs. “I worked at NASA in flight simulation design then later as a configuration management auditor. None of that would have been possible without my training as an engineering design drafter at San Jacinto College. In both of our fields, Wayne and I noticed that there was always a short supply of well-trained workers who could repair the machines, troubleshoot the errors, and read the drawings. He just really wanted to ensure that students have these workforce opportunities are available to them in order to make a great living that doesn’t always require a four-year degree.”
For more information on how to donate, setup a planned gift, or get more information on scholarship endowments, contact the San Jacinto College Foundation.
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 puts 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.