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VC Foundation Board approves 2014-15 scholarships, allocations

By Victoria Advocate
May 17, 2014 at 12:17 a.m.

Members of the VC Foundation board of directors, VC administrators and staff are, from left: Luis Guerra, Tom Butler, Jennifer Yancey, Steve Hipes, LuAnn O'Connor, Ruth Constant, Amy Mundy, Robby Burdge, Penny Gietz, Dr. Peter Rojas, Beatriz Gonzalez, Laurel Cahill, John Zacek, Josie Rivera, Bill Blackwell, David McLarry, Kathy Hunt, Michael Hummel and Susan Prukop.

During its March board meeting, the Victoria College Foundation Board allocated more than $190,000 raised through the annual Giving Campaign.

The funds will be used for scholarship and program support for the 2014-15 academic year. Additionally, the board approved scholarships for dual credit students - those taking college-level classes while still attending high school.

"The Foundation works hard to assist all VC student programs," said Amy Mundy, VC Foundation executive director. "Offering dual credit scholarships enables students to begin their college career earlier by earning both college and high school credits at the same time."

In addition to dual credit scholarships, $20,000 was allocated for faculty and staff grants, $8,000 for KEY Center Scholarships, $4,000 for "What's Your Story?" scholarships and more than $150,000 other scholarships.

"The VC Foundation is committed to meeting the needs of Victoria College's students, faculty, staff and facilities," Mundy said. "The Foundation strives to accomplish these feats on a daily basis by securing and managing the funds needed for scholarships, grants and the capital needs of Victoria College and then allocating these funds to those essential areas."

In addition to its primary fundraising effort through the campaign from November to March of each year, the VC Foundation also manages more than $9 million in endowments and awards more than $325,000 in scholarships and program support each year.

"Investing in all aspects of higher education is the key to success for the Victoria College's student population and the Crossroads area," said Bill Blackwell, VC Foundation board president. "Scholarship assistance for students, financial support for emerging programs, technology upgrades, as well as faculty and staff enrichment, fulfill the Foundation's mission."

The Foundation board approved the scholarships during a monthly meeting held at VC's Liberty Street Industrial Training Center where members were given a tour by Richard Phillips, Skills Development Grant Training coordinator.

For information regarding dual credit scholarships, contact Melissa Robinson at 361- 582-2543 or Melissa.Robinson@VictoriaCollege.edu. For more information regarding the foundation and scholarships, contact Amy Mundy at 361- 582-2518 or Amy.Mundy@VictoriaCollege.edu.

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