Beginning in the class of 2022, any student who lives within the college’s taxation district at the time of graduating from high school can attend SJC as a promising scholar. (courtesy Pexels)
San Jacinto College will expand its scholarship offerings to local students using donation money from philanthropist and author Mackenzie Scott, Chancellor Brenda Hillier said during SJC’s annual state of the college letter on November 12.
Beginning in the class of 2022, any student who lives within the college’s taxation district at the time of graduating from high school can attend SJC as a promising scholar. The funds are used to pay all tuition costs after the financial aid and also to cover the cost of books and supplies.
Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, donated $30 million to SJC earlier this year. Hellyer said $10 million is used from among the donations to create a scholarship endowment.
“This is really a program built on promise,” she said during her remarks. “I sincerely hope that this Promise program will encourage students and their families to think seriously about the benefits of earning a college degree.”
The most promising scholars have three years to complete their studies, and each also has a support coach. Scott’s donation was also used to create the SJC 21Forward Scholarship, which provides free tutoring to six ISD recent graduates within the SJC tax district.
Hellyer said on November 12 that more than 2,500 students have benefited from the scholarship so far.
Scott announced her $2.7 billion donation in a blog post on June 15, detailing how she, her husband, and a group of researchers, administrators and consultants are trying to part with a fortune enabled by systems in need of change. 286 institutions have received funding, including nine other colleges and universities in Texas, community impact journal Previously mentioned.
In the post, Scott wrote that she and her husband, Dan Jewett, searched for two- and four-year institutions that educate students from chronically underserved communities. The college is a federally designated Hispanic serving institution as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
“We are so grateful for the support, and it really shows you that the work we are doing here… is not going to be recognized,” Hellyer said on November 12, adding that the donation would change people’s lives for years to come. “We really want to change the social and economic course of our society.”
Click here to learn more about scholarship opportunities at SJC, including a scholarship for students who attended before Fall 2020 and who have been affected by COVID-19.