Investing in the future – the fun way

Oct 24, 2010 by

Thirty-three students will receive $1,000 scholarships to Tyler Junior College because of the 22nd Annual TJC Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament, held September 10, 2009, at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club. A record 68 sponsors contributed to the successful event, which also featured lunch with D.D. Lewis, former Dallas Cowboys linebacker.

Lewis spoke about his career and the impact teachers and coaches had on his life. “He gave an inspiring testimony,” said Rohn Boone, 2009 tournament chair. “He took advantage of the opportunity he had for a quality education, had a career with the Cowboys and played in five Super Bowls. He encouraged donors to give other young men and women an opportunity for a good education and urged everyone to make the most of their own opportunities to overcome obstacles in their lives.”

Boone & Boone Construction, Ltd., and Tyler Texas Bank and Trust co-sponsored the tournament luncheon. Six-person teams played in a scramble format and then attended an awards reception under the Oasis Tent, sponsored by Luminant Academy.

Scholarship funding at Tyler Junior College is more urgent today than ever before. The economic downturn has caused students to rethink their college plans and many turn to TJC to begin their higher education before transferring to complete their degrees. Students are also returning to the College for additional training or to pursue alternate careers due to the current economic climate.  Across the nation, community colleges have become the lifeboat for higher education, and TJC is experiencing its highest enrollment in its 83-year history. With this growth comes an increased need for scholarships, since more than 50 percent of Tyler Junior College students need financial aid to pursue their education.

1st place team includes, from left to right, Mike Pile, Chris Ewert, Steve Simmons, Don Robert Johnson, Jeff King and John Moss.

“I can think of no better investment, with any greater returns, than in a student scholarship at TJC,” said Boone, who is also a TJC trustee. “An education at the College is one of the best values available for students in the country. My education at TJC had a tremendous impact on my life and helped me reach the personal goals and success in business I have achieved.”

Jerry Woolverton, president of Tyler Texas Bank and Trust, TJC Foundation Board member and lunch co-sponsor, concurred. “No other community college I know provides such a full college experience. The campus is beautiful, the facilities are either new or being continually upgraded and the faculty is committed and experienced.”

Proceeds from last year’s tournament provided 33 $1,000 scholarships to TJC students. For the upcoming HGR General Contractors Scholarship Golf Tournament benefitting the TJC Foundation, the goal is to raise $40,000 or more in much-needed scholarship funds. When asked about the impact of  TJC and tournament scholarships on the community, Boone said, “Look around at the doctors’ and dentists’ offices, the pharmacies, the fire and police department, emergency services or the sheriff’s office. You’ll see productive employees trained at Tyler Junior College.”


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