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Sealy business owner’s annual donation helps Blinn-Sealy students thrive

The Ryan Auto Group Scholarship has provided financial aid for eight students since 2015

April 26, 2018

Deven Kalinec and Ryan Kirkpatrick

Blinn College-Sealy freshman Deven Kalinec, a sociology major and member of the Student Government Association, was the recipient of a scholarship made possible by the Ryan Auto Group. He is photographed alongside Ryan Kirkpatrick, owner of Ryan Auto Group.


 

Since 2015, the Ryan Auto Group Scholarship has provided financial assistance to students in the Sealy and Bellville area attending Blinn College-Sealy. Ryan Kirkpatrick, owner of Ryan Auto Group, donates $4,000 to the Blinn College Foundation each year to cover tuition and costs of books for one to two students on the Sealy Campus. 

“The Ryan Auto Group Scholarship is a huge asset to have available for our students at the Blinn-Sealy Campus,” said Sam Sommer, Blinn Foundation Chair. “We are thankful for his annual gift that benefits our students.”

Ryan Kirkpatrick had been a sponsor of Blinn-Sealy fundraisers before deciding he wanted to give more.

“I wanted to create a yearly scholarship because higher education is crucial to the Sealy community,” Kirkpatrick said. “My hope is to one day employ a scholarship recipient at Ryan Auto Group.”

In the last four years, eight students have received scholarships. The scholarship also is available to high school students enrolled in dual-credit courses at Blinn-Sealy.

“The Sealy Community and Blinn College are fortunate to have someone like Ryan who understands the value of a college education and who is willing to help support local students in their pursuit of higher education,” said Lisa Caton, Sealy Campus Director. “Ryan has been a tremendous supporter of Blinn-Sealy and we cannot thank him enough for his generous donations.”

Freshman Deven Kalinec, a sociology major and member of the Student Government Association, was a recipient of the Ryan Auto Group Scholarship this year.

“I am very grateful for the scholarship because it has helped cut down the cost of my college education,” Kalinec said.

To apply for the Ryan Auto Group Scholarship, visit the Blinn-Sealy Campus at 3701 Outlet Center Drive or contact Lisa Caton at lisa.caton@blinn.edu or 979-627-0286. Registration is open for Blinn’s May Minimester and the Summer and Fall semesters. For registration and financial aid information, visit www.blinn.edu.