Dusold family establishes new Blinn College endowed scholarship benefiting A&M Consolidated High School students

Scholarship supports students pursuing degrees in Blinn's technical and community education programs

Scholarship supports students pursuing degrees in Blinn's technical and community education programs

April 29, 2021

Two sources of inspiration guided Dr. Richard Dusold recently when he established an endowed scholarship at Blinn College – his wife, Dianne Dusold, and a community need to support workforce education.

Dr. Dusold, a gastroenterologist with Baylor Scott & White Health, gifted $15,000 to establish the Dianne Dusold A&M Consolidated High School Scholarship to honor his wife, who serves as a nurse at the high school.

“I was so surprised,” said Mrs. Dusold. “I have a passion for helping students be healthy so they can continue their education and be the best that they can be, so to be honored with a scholarship is very humbling. We want to support students entering the workforce and Blinn College’s mission.”

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a senior from A&M Consolidated High School who plans to pursue technical and community education courses at Blinn.

“I think the future in education is going to be in the trades. That is where a great deal of our employment is going to be,” said Dr. Dusold. “My wife and I see a lot of students looking for their next step, and giving a scholarship to help someone pursue a field that will provide them training that leads to employment seems like a great idea.”

Blinn’s technical and community education programs provide students with the knowledge and ability they need to enter the workforce immediately after completion. The program includes seven recently launched AAS degrees in carpentry, construction management, facility maintenance, HVAC, power line worker, site layout, and water purification that equip students with in-depth training and valuable credentials to pursue high-wage, high-demand careers.

“The Dusolds understand the direct impact of supporting students in Blinn’s technical and community education programs,” said Sam Sommer, Blinn Foundation Board Chair. “Their gift will benefit students by allowing them to gain valuable career training while also addressing an employment need in the local community. We are grateful for their commitment and support.”

The Blinn College Foundation oversees almost 300 endowed scholarships that are available to incoming and returning students from a wide range of backgrounds, majors, and experiences. The tax-exempt organization also provides financial support for programs and activities that enhance the quality of education for Blinn students and expand educational opportunities. The Foundation also looks to heighten community awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the College and to promote excellence in education.

More information on funding an endowed scholarship or applying is available at www.blinn.edu/foundation or by calling 979-830-4017.

Current high school and college students can apply for all Blinn scholarships through a 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.

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