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San Jacinto College
News Release
Friday, October 28, 2011

Foundation, Pettitte recognize scholarship recipients

Golf tournament and reception net $130,000


PASADENA, Texas – Helping students succeed in reaching their goals is at the core of what the San Jacinto College (SJC) Foundation does each and every day. That mission was on full display Thursday, Oct. 20, as the Foundation hosted its 16th annual golf tournament and reception with guest host Andy Pettitte.


The tournament teed off at 7:15 a.m., with more than 60 teams participating in the two daytime rounds. Prizes were awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, and the top three teams in each flight in each round. Major sponsors of the tournament included Coca Cola; Shell Deer Park; SpawGlass Construction Corp.; Tellepsen Builders; Constellation Energy; Haworth Furniture Marketing; and McGriff, Seibels, and Williams. Other sponsors were Andrews Kurth, LLP; Durotech General Contractors; J.E. Dunn Construction; Rizzo & Associates; Chick-fil-A; Mr. Danny J. Snooks, attorney; Outback Steakhouse; Joy Niday; Alpha Electric; Construction Masters; Sunbelt Rentals; Barmore Insurance; and A.C. Collins Ford.


The evening reception featured a live and silent auction, as well as a scholarship auction. This event was the first in Houston to use the text bidding system offered by Silent Auction Services. However, the highlight of the night was the recognition of the three recipients of the Andy Pettitte Endowed Scholarship, and a few words from the first-ever recipient of the scholarship. This year’s honorees were Marlena Ficklen, Nataly Garcia, and Eva Alvarez.


Ficklen received the Andy Pettitte scholarship for the Fall 2011 semester. She is a general studies major at San Jacinto College, and is a new member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She has been accepted to the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where she plans to study behavioral sciences. “There are a few reasons I’m going back to school,” she said. “The most important reason is to show my kids how important an education is, and that it is never too late.”


Garcia received the Andy Pettitte scholarship for the Spring 2012 term. She is working on her prerequisites with plans to apply for the SJC nursing program. She said, “It is an honor to be awarded a scholarship. This money will greatly contribute to my education, and for that I am forever thankful.”


Alvarez is studying chemistry and plans to graduate next Fall. The Andy Pettitte scholarship was awarded to her for the Fall 2011 semester. She is in the Honors program at San Jacinto College, and serves as vice president of the student organization, The Vyne. Alvarez thanked Pettitte for the donation, adding “I greatly appreciate it.”


The 16th Annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament and Reception, with Guest Host Andy Pettitte, raised nearly $130,000 for student scholarships and student success initiatives. The live auction, which included a scholarship auction, and the silent auction, raised $55,000. For the second consecutive year, Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. and Sue Mease of Pasadena, donated a $25,000 scholarship in honor of their son, Kipper Mease.


“I can’t say thank you enough to the San Jacinto College community for their continued support in raising funds for student scholarships,” said Ruth Keenan, executive director for the San Jacinto College Foundation. “Every dollar invested in our students is an investment in our community. San Jacinto College produces future leaders, and a talented and skilled workforce. We had a fun day, and are very grateful for the support. This will help transform the lives of many students.”


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. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


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


Photo: At its 16th annual golf tournament reception, the San Jacinto College Foundation and guest host Andy Pettitte recognized three recipients of the Andy Pettitte endowed scholarship. From left to right: Ruth Keenan, Executive Director, San Jacinto College Foundation; Eva Alvarez, scholarship recipient; Andy Pettitte; Nataly Garcia, scholarship recipient; Marlena Ficklen, scholarship recipient; and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing department.

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