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San Jacinto College
Houston Pilots Donate to San Jac Maritime Program
News Release
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Houston Pilots Association donates $5,000 to establish scholarship for maritime students 

PASADENA, Texas – The Houston Pilots Association recently donated $5,000 toward scholarships for students enrolled in the San Jacinto College (SJC) maritime program.

The association has been a strong and loyal supporter of the San Jacinto College maritime program. Capt. Tom Lightsey and Capt. Bob Webbon presented the College with the donation on behalf of the Houston Pilots Association during a recent board meeting.

"Their continued support, by serving first on the Maritime Leadership Forum and now on the advisory committee, has set SJC off in the right direction in order to better serve our community," said Capt. Mitch Schacter, SJC maritime director. "This scholarship donation sets the precedent for more to come from other members within the maritime industry. "

The College's maritime program prepares students for work in technical port and business operations within the maritime industry including port and shipping logistics, warehousing / storage / transportation (both land and sea), distribution, import and export operations, port and terminal operations, cargo handling, security, and maritime management. Scholarship recipients may be involved in any part of the maritime program, but must take at least one college-level course for the semester in which they receive funding. 

“As community investment builds, we will build a greater future for our area by meeting the increasing demands of this industry,” said Ruth Keenan, interim executive director for the San Jacinto College Foundation. “Donations such as these help our College achieve its ultimate goal - student success.” 

For more information about the maritime scholarship, contact Capt. Mitch Schacter at 281-974-2200 or contact the San Jacinto College Foundation.

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 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 nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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