Blinn’s fifth annual Boots and Blue Jeans Fundraiser raises $12,000 for Sealy Campus students

Proceeds benefit academic scholarships and new educational programs

Proceeds benefit academic scholarships and new educational programs

April 9, 2019

The Blinn College-Sealy Campus recently raised $12,000 for academic scholarships and new educational programs during its fifth annual “Boots and Blue Jeans for Blinn” fundraising celebration.

“I am very appreciative and grateful for the support the Blinn College-Sealy Campus receives from the community,” said Lisa Caton, Executive Dean, Sealy Campus. “It was a great evening and the generosity displayed will help provide scholarship funds for local students.”

The fundraiser takes place each year at the Sealy American Legion Hall and features a ribeye dinner, live music, auction, and raffle.

“I love that the funds at this event all go back into the students’ tuition through scholarships,” said Janice Whitehead, City of Sealy Mayor and Blinn instructor. “The Blinn-Sealy Campus allows students to go to a local college and get an individualized education.”

Approximately 140 people attended this year’s event, which allows Blinn to provide scholarships to Sealy Campus and local dual credit students.

Austin County Judge Tim Lapham, who attended Blinn College along with his three brothers, has supported the Sealy Campus fundraiser every year.

“This fundraiser is great because it supports our local college and the students who attend, and it is important for our community to have a junior college here in town,” Lapham said.

Former Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski attended Blinn along with her husband and three children.

“Blinn is a great investment for education and I was on board right away when we had the opportunity to fundraise to help families get a Blinn College education,” Bilski said. “Blinn College offers such a wide variety of opportunities in higher education for students and young adults, so this cause is very important to me. Blinn College and community colleges are great places to start and we are happy that Sealy gets to be a part of that.”

Current high school and college students can apply for all Blinn College endowed scholarships by completing the single application at www.blinn.edu/scholarships. Prior to applying for scholarships, students must complete their application for admission to Blinn College at www.applytexas.org and submit their high school transcripts to the Blinn College Admissions Office.

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