Scholarship golf tournament surpasses $100,000 goal

Feb 29, 2016 by

When the community advisory committee for the Tyler Junior College Foundation golf tournament began its work in 2005, the members were given the task of making it the area’s premier, annual tournament and to take it from a “friend-raising” or “friend-thanking” event to a fund-raiser.

This year’s Azalea Orthopedics Scholarship Golf Tournament Benefitting the TJC Foundation – the 28th tournament overall and 10th since the establishment of the advisory committee – proved the group’s hard work has paid off. The tournament raised more than $100,000 in sponsorships – money that will be used for scholarships to deserving TJC students.

“The tournament benefits from a dedicated community advisory committee,” said Claude Henry, who chaired the 2015 committee. “Several members have served since the group was first established. This year’s committee did a tremendous job in helping to reach and exceed the $100,000 sponsorship goal.”

Mitch Andrews, interim executive director of advancement and alumni affairs and the TJC Foundation, said the committee did not hesitate to establish its lofty goal despite having set a previous record in 2014.

“The 2014 tournament exceeded its goal of raising $80,000 in sponsorships,” he said. “Our committee knew that they were setting the bar high at $100,000,
but they delivered. Their work has truly been remarkable.”

Zachary Terrien reacts enthusiastically when recognized as an Allen Samuels Corporate Scholar during the pre-tournament luncheon.

Zachary Terrien reacts enthusiastically when recognized as an Allen Samuels Corporate Scholar during the pre-tournament luncheon.

Sponsor support has grown 25 percent over the last two years, he said.

Henry said that’s because local community members and businesses realize that they are making a wise investment when supporting TJC scholarships. “With the college’s affordable tuition and fees, your dollar goes a long way at TJC and can significantly impact students,” he said. 

In recent years the tournament luncheon has featured students who are recipients of golf tournament scholarships. Each student is introduced to the audience and this year four students were surprised as recipients of a generous $5,000 scholarships underwritten by Corporate Scholar Sponsorships.

“In the past, we have had special guest speakers at the luncheon and those were well-received, but players and sponsors enjoy hearing from students and seeing the impact of the tournament,” Andrews said.

Sixty-four students were introduced at the 2015 luncheon, held Sept. 10 at Hollytree Country Club.

The 2015 Corporate Scholar Sponsors are: Allen Samuels Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Tyler; Delek Refining; HGR/Turner Joint Venture; and Express Employment Professionals. Corporate Scholarships are awarded to students based upon classroom and community achievements. Second year Corporate Scholar students are: Natalia Lopez (Allen Samuels); Chance Selvidge (Delek); and Taylor Pyle (HGR Turner). New Corporate Scholar students are: Briana Nguyen (Express); Zachary Terrien (Allen Samuels); Abby Rhodes (Delek); and Uche Nwasuruba (HGR/Turner).

Students receiving $1,000 scholarships in 2015 were: Laura Adams, pre-nursing major, Tyler; Brittney Baxter, music major, Jacksonville; Audrie Beard, vocational nursing major, Lindale; Alyssa Blanton, biology major, Whitehouse; Samuel Brinlee, engineering major, Quitman; Chelsea Brown, social work major, Mineola; James Brown, music major, Overton; Diana Camacho, respiratory care major, Mineola; Kendall Carroll, dental hygiene major, Rusk; Adela Castillo, dental hygiene major, Jacksonville; Tyler Cole, speech/communications major, Whitehouse; Cari Colglazier, visual communications major, Flint; Zachary Cooke, computer science major, Lindale; Shannon Cooper, psychology major, Tyler; Aziel Cornelio, engineering major, Tyler; Maria Cornelio, radio and TV broadcast journalism major, Tyler; Hayden Dees, engineering major, Lindale; David Denton, law enforcement academy, Tyler; Gavin Downing, biology major, Tyler; Barry Duncan, associate degree nursing major, Winona; Kathia Esparza, biology major, Tyler; Jessica Espinosa, criminal justice major, Tyler; Sarai Garay, pre-nursing major, Tyler; Karisma Garcia, diagnostic medical sonography major, Lindale; Devin Gilbert, general studies major, Tyler; Stephanie Gonzalez, biology major, Tyler; Elizabeth Helms, psychology major, Grand Saline; Dakota Hiett, pre-dental hygiene major, Tyler; Dalton Hiett, medical laboratory technology major, Tyler; Brittney Hogan, pre-nursing major, Tyler; Justin Hopkins, surveying and mapping major, Van; Jodeci Jenkins, theatre major, Van; Brady Johnson, surveying and mapping major, Whitehouse; Ashlee King, general studies major, Arp; Natalia Lopez, associate degree nursing major, Tyler; Jacqueline Loyola, occupational therapy assistant major, Jacksonville; Matthew Marta, business major, Flint; Crystal McClosky, vocational nursing major, Rusk; Olivia Miller, pre-diagnostic medical sonography major, Mineola; Brady Neely, general studies major, Lindale; Briana Nguyen, biology major, Tyler; Uche Nwasuruba, general studies major, Tyler; Jessica Otto, associate degree nursing major, Tyler; Katelynn Parker, pre-occupational therapy assistant major, Tyler; Taylor Pyle, education major, Whitehouse; Juana Ramirez, medical laboratory technology major, Quitman; Anayeli Rangel, medical laboratory technology major, Jacksonville; Abby Rhodes, business major, Bullard; Fernando Rios LVN-ADN transition major, Tyler; Erik Romero, engineering major, Tyler; Charles Rowden, biology major, Troup; Brooke Ruiz pre-dental hygiene major, Flint; Morgan Samford, social work major, Whitehouse; Leslie Sanchez, vocational nursing major, Tyler; Jacob Savage, radio and TV broadcasting major, Frankston; Chance Selvidge, pre-nursing major, Whitehouse; Noah Shelton theatre major, Lindale; Kayla Stewart, education major, Jacksonville; Zachary Terrien, music major, Lindale; Melissa Vega Ramirez, pre-nursing major, Tyler; April Washington, LVN-ADN transition major, Tyler; John Wiener, law enforcement academy, Tyler; Nicholas Wilkerson, music major, Canton; and Clay Wood, speech/communications major, Tyler.

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Fred Peters is the Director of Public Affairs at Tyler Junior College. He can be reached at 903-510-2627 or at