Breckenridge Texan

TSTC awards scholarships at banquet
September 19
10:22 2017

Debbie Karl, executive director of the TSTC Breckenridge campus, addresses students and donors at their scholarship banquet on Monday. The banquet, which brings together students and scholarship sponsors, is held at the beginning of each semester.
(Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The Breckenridge campus of Texas State Technical College held its Fall Scholarship Banquet on Monday and handed out more than $9,000 in scholarships to local TSTC students.

The banquet, which brings together students and scholarship sponsors, is held at the beginning of each the school’s three semesters.

“Amount wise, we typically give out around $9,000 to $10,000 per semester,” said Debbie Karl, executive director of the Breckenridge campus.

At Monday’s banquet, there were $6,000 in TSTC scholarships and another $3,250 in outside scholarships for a total of $9,250.

Karl said the scholarships are for students who either attend the Breckenridge TSTC campus or attend another TSTC campus but live in the Breckenridge community.

While some donors target their scholarships donations to certain fields, such a nursing or environmental technology, Karl said if someone makes a scholarship donation to TSTC without any stipulations on which program it is used for, the TSTC Foundation will match it.

“So, if they donate $1,000, that turns into $2,000,” she said.

Because of the decline in oil prices, Karl said, they haven’t had as much income in donations as in the past. However, she said, they still have a healthy balance in their scholarship fund.

“If we give out $30,000 a year, we really need $30,000 back in to replenish it,” she said.

Recipients of scholarships this semester are: Jesus Melendez, Welding Program, $500, Bruce B. Cloud Scholarship; Maria Ramos, LVN program, $250, Burrell McKelvain Scholarship; Cory Streiff, LVN, $250, O. H. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship; Joshua Hewlett, , LVN$250, Breckenridge Student and Instructional Aid; Heather Franks, LVN, $250, Breckenridge Student and Instructional Aid; Vydellia Jaimes, LVN, $500, Breckenridge Student and Instructional Aid/Garden Club; Kacee Merrifield, LVN, $250, Board of Director’s Scholarship.

Texan Success Scholarships:

Zackery Overmyer, Welding, $500, Texan Success Scholarship; Bryan Griffith, LVN, $250, Texan Success Scholarship/Breck Operating; Ronnie Short, Welding, $500, Texan Success Scholarship; Micheal Walker, Welding, $500, Texan Success Scholarship; Julio Sanchez, Welding, $500, Texan Success Scholarship; Erik Rodriquez, Welding, $500, Texan Success Scholarship/Rotary Club of Breckenridge; Adam Reynolds, Welding, $500, Texan Success Scholarship; Christopher Johnson, DST, $500, Texan Success Scholarship; David Serrato, Welding, $500, Texan Success Scholarship; Alexius West, LVN, $500, Texan Success Scholarship.

Outside Scholarships:

Aryeauna Chappell, $1,500, Breckenridge ISD; Vydellia Jaimes, LVN, $1,000, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church; Keri Berkley, LVN, $500, Stephens Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; Elizabeth Wheeler, $250, BHS Class of ’65.

Story by Tony Pilkington

Cutline, top photo: Students and donors make their way through the serving line at the TSTC Breckernidge Scholarship Banquet on Monday. The banquet is held at the beginning of each semester. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Click here to see more photos from the banquet in the Breckenridge Texan’s photo gallery.

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