Houston Texans help HCC veteran students with educational goals

Apr 26, 2016

The Houston Texans are putting Houston Community College (HCC) veteran students in great field position for educational success. During the April meeting of the HCC Board of Trustees, Texans President Jamey Rootes presented the HCC Foundation with a check for $56,275 to support the Houston Texans Scholarship for Service for veteran students and their dependents.

“No one in Texas educates more veterans than HCC,” said Rootes. “We are proud to be your teammate for Houston and look forward to building upon our success to maintain a great, well-educated workforce to fill those great jobs we are creating in our community for many years to come.”

This generous gift from the Texans will help 19 veteran students for the 2015-2016 academic year, including Randy Presley, who is currently in the Associate Degree Nursing program at HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences.

The former Army Combat Medic said, “The scholarship is a big load off my back. With having to study and work to provide for my family, this money gives me one less thing to worry about.”

The Houston Texans have demonstrated a longstanding partnership with HCC and have generously donated more than $160,000 to the HCC Foundation for scholarships to date. HCC is the only community college in the nation that is an educational partner with an NFL team.

“This valuable ongoing scholarship support from the Texans recognizes our veterans’ service on the front lines by providing scholarships to help support their education and skills training in the classroom,” said Dr. Adriana Tamez, HCC Board of Trustees chair.

Shawn Taylor, president of the HCC Foundation Board, expressed his appreciation for the Texans’ longstanding support of student success at HCC.

“The money presented today will go really far with our program for veterans and workforce,” said Taylor. “It’s a tremendous investment in the individuals who are enrolled in the various programs at Houston Community College.”

The 2015-2016 scholarship recipients will be recognized at a ceremony for veteran graduates at NRG Stadium in May.

“We are not just benefitting the students themselves, we are benefitting their families,” said Dr. Cephas Archie, interim director, HCC Veterans Affairs and Student Support Services. “These opportunities and resources that are afforded to us are critical to the success of such a sensitive population. We look forward to continually championing the needs of others at HCC.”

To learn more about the Veterans programs at HCC, visit hccs.edu/veterans. For information about scholarships through the HCC Foundation, visit hccsfoundation.org.


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