Local students awarded $16,000 in scholarships

January 21, 2009 4:41:43 PM PST
The Lubrizol Foundation recently awarded scholarships totaling $16,000 to help 32 qualifying San Jacinto College students who are enrolled in technical programs. "We applaud Lubrizol for being so generous through these scholarships and for helping so many San Jacinto College students achieve success," Dr. Joseph Kirkland, vice president of instruction at the Central campus commented during the scholarship ceremony.

To receive a Lubrizol Foundation scholarship, a student must be a full-time sophomore, have a 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) and major in one of San Jac Central's 34 technical education degree programs. Of the names submitted, the awards go to the students with the highest GPA.

Since the inception of the partnership between Lubrizol and the College 24 years ago, the Lubrizol Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $181,600 to 503 San Jacinto College students.

"Our relationship with San Jacinto College is vital and Lubrizol considers our lengthy partnership with the College as a significant part of our community outreach," said Chris Hext, public affairs manager for Lubrizol, a petrochemical company with a major plant in Deer Park. "What San Jac does for the community is great ? the College provides affordable education and helps people get good jobs, not just in our industry, but in many other areas."

Hext said San Jacinto College has meant a lot to him personally through the years. "Many people in my family have attended the College and have benefitted greatly ? my brother-in-law, a niece, a sister-in-law, my son, and others," he remarked. "I attended San Jacinto College after earning a degree from a university, because San Jac offered courses that the university did not offer."

In addition to contributing scholarships to San Jacinto College technical students, Lubrizol also provides valuable advice and information by regular participation in the College's Process Technology Advisory Board. Lubrizol also donates equipment to the College's process technology department that is used in training. Hext said Lubrizol gladly supports an institution with such a lengthy tradition of providing convenient and affordable education options to the community.

San Jacinto College offers a wide range of technical programs at all three campuses. The North campus is located at 5800 Uvalde Road in the North Channel area. The Central campus is located at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. The South campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in the South Belt-Ellington area.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, or visit www.sanjac.edu.

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