August 21, 2014
The Brenham Rotary Club has gifted an additional $11,500 toward the Blinn College scholarship it originally endowed in 1999, the College announced today.
The Brenham Rotary Club Scholarship was previously endowed with gifts totaling $16,286. It is available to sophomore Blinn students, with preference given to Washington County residents.
“This scholarship only adds to Brenham Rotary Club’s outstanding reputation for community service,” said Susan Myers, executive director of the Blinn Foundation. “This generous gift will help students in Washington County follow their passions through an affordable, quality education.”
Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary Club members belonging to 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Since 1979, Rotary has helped reduce polio cases worldwide by 99 percent, helping to immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.
Founded in 1921, Brenham Rotary Club is one of the oldest in Texas. One of its most notable early projects was the building of a bridge across the Brazos River where U.S. Highway 290 now resides in place of the ferry that then existed.
The Foundation supports programs and activities that enhance the quality of education for Blinn College students and expand the educational opportunities for the entire community. While raising funds is an important function, the Foundation also seeks to heighten community awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the College and to promote excellence in education.
Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has raised more than $13 million for Blinn. Those funds have been used to help launch major construction projects across Blinn’s campuses, including the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center, the J. Hal and Allyne Machat Music Facility, the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex and the Bert and Mae Dean Wheeler Residence Hall.
An additional $1 million has been spent purchasing classroom equipment and supplies requested by Blinn faculty.
PHOTO – Blinn College Development Coordinator Joe Al Picone (center) thanks Rev. Michael Haywood (left) and Jerry Calvert (right) of the Brenham Rotary Club for the Club’s additional gift of $11,500 toward the Brenham Rotary Club Scholarship at Blinn College.