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Foundation shows gratitude to donors
News Release
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College (SJC) Foundation recently hosted an appreciation breakfast to show gratitude to the many donors who faithfully support the College through contributions that fund scholarships and student success initiatives.

SJC Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer told donors their gifts were helping many students, and many other people. “Thank you donors for enabling the College to provide scholarships,” she commented. “You are helping to change the lives of many students, and you are also helping families, and the community, because you are helping to make a better future.”

Brad Hance, chairman of the SJC Foundation, expressed similar views. “We appreciate everything you do, and by attending an event like this you have an opportunity to meet students and see how your generosity is helping students to achieve their goals,” Hance said.

Two students shared their success stories and added expressions of appreciation.

Weston Lundgren, an honor graduate of North Shore High School, said he looked forward to attending college and felt confident he could achieve academically. “One obstacle I had to overcome was funding,” he said. “My parents were helping my sister with her college expenses and there just wasn’t a whole lot of money to go around. I completed an application, and the Foundation awarded me a scholarship that helped pay for a lot of what I needed, which enabled me to earn an associate degree in general studies in just one year. If it were not for the generosity from donors like you, I would not have been able to accomplish my goals. I am a direct product of your kindness.”


Scholarships provided through the Foundation also enabled Dorothy Lewis to attend SJC, who returned to school to attend college after a gap of several years in her education. “There were times when I struggled and felt like giving up, but then I realized that generous people like you donors have made an investment in me, so I made up my mind I could not disappoint you and give up,” Lewis commented. “Thanks to your help, I earned my college degree.” Lewis earned a business office associate degree on May 14 as a North campus student.

Ruth Keenan, the College’s interim executive director of development, said the stories of Lundgren and Lewis let Foundation donors see tangible results of their contributions. “Your donations provide the very fuel for students to achieve their dreams,” Keenan commented. “Many students have no other source for books, supplies and tuition. Weston and Dorothy show us that students are grateful beyond words for the scholarships they receive, and that students are determined and eager to learn.”

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.
For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit, or find us on Facebook at

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