Message from the Board Chairman

 

What a year 2018 has been for Amarillo College! Many great initiatives have been acted upon and enhanced. Student completion rates are paramount and center focus for Amarillo College and the AC Foundation. We are committed to increasing the number of students who complete a certificate, degree and/or transfer to a four year institution. Things are heading in the right direction. In fact, the completion rate has been steadily increasing over the past couple of years and this only validates the initiatives that AC is taking on are working. AC has even been getting national recognition as our President, Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart is getting the word out in order to help other community colleges embark on a similar path.

A couple of programs to highlight that the Foundation is involved with are: The Advocacy and Resource Center is conveniently located on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons. It continues to serve more and more students who are trying to better themselves. If you have never visited, I would encourage you to take some time and drop in to check it out. It is a very inviting space that is kept in impeccable order at all times. They have a Food Pantry, Clothing Closet and Social Services Department. This center’s sole purpose is to help students through their unexpected life challenges. We all know what a difference a helping hand makes when we are dealing with tough times. Student testimonials are many and very touching on how “The ARC” has helped them. Through your donations, the Foundation is proud to say that it helps fund an increasing amount of costs for this program.

The Thrive Program is an extremely exciting scholarship program that came to life after much hard work by many and was launched mid-summer 2018. This program is a partnership of Amarillo College, Amarillo Area Foundation, City of Amarillo, Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, and Amarillo Independent School District. Once qualified for the scholarship, the program allows students from an AISD high school to attend AC tuition-free for 60 credit hours. Thrive Scholarship dollars are the “last-in” monies that a student receives after they have exhausted all other scholarship or financial aid avenues. The 1,400 scholarships that the Foundation awards annually are critical to making and keeping this program viable. Have you remembered The Amarillo College Foundation in your will?

In addition to the two above, there are many more exciting initiatives that are worthy of recognition that touch students across the Panhandle region at all seven campuses including Hereford and Moore County. As a result of AC’s success in helping students help themselves by gaining a financially feasible, high-quality post-secondary education, Amarillo College is growing and the Foundation is getting more and more applications for both scholarship and program support. Gifts like yours, to both scholarship and program support, have changed and continue to change student lives. Please join us now in support of Amarillo College and the Amarillo College Foundation in our 2018 annual campaign with a contribution or pledge.

 

Thanks for your consideration!

 

 

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