NMJC Foundation Held Scholarship Reception
9/28/2007 12:06:06 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. The New Mexico Junior College Foundation held a scholarship reception to engage scholarship recipients with Foundation donors on Thursday, September 27.
The Foundation awarded over 180 scholarships, a record of $73,000, for the fall 2007 semester alone. Scholarships ranged from $68 to $1,000. Jennifer Jordon, Executive Director of NMJC's Foundation, explained to the students, "As scholarship recipients, you [the students] get the opportunity to meet and thank the donors personally."
"The greatest thing about the Foundation and this reception is getting to meet the students. You wonder, am I the reason they get to attend school? It is so nice to know how you have provided an opportunity for a student," explained Janice Spence, NMJC Foundation Board President and founder of the Jim Spence Memorial Endowment.
Casey Wilbanks, recipient of the Jim Spence Memorial Endowment, described, "This scholarship has helped me to continue my education without having to worry about the extra financial responsibilities, and to focus on school. It would be hard to attend school without the extra support."
Sophomore Lorenzo Guzman, who was home schooled and is setting an example for his six younger siblings to attend college, explained, "Receiving a scholarship is a real confidence booster. It helped me to realize that I'm doing well enough to be recognized." Guzman, of Hobbs, is studying biology and intends to attend medical school, eventually to return to Hobbs to give back what he has been given. Guzman's father, who attended the reception with his son, reiterated his son's sentiments about receiving the Foundation's scholarship.
Denise Rusk, NMJC Phi Theta Kappa President, stated, "It means a lot to me to fulfill a dream career in nursing. To do so, it takes money. My husband has had to absorb all the responsibility of income for our family of four. I previously had to take out students loans to attend college, and receiving this scholarship means I won't be taking money away from my family later to repay a loan."
Spence summarized NMJC's Foundation purpose with, "The Foundation is a supportive link to the college, and we are working hard to greatly impact students' lives."
For more information on NMJC's Foundation, please call 575.492.2781.