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At far right, Albert Shannon, Market President of Frost Bank in Galveston, receives his Beacon of Light tribute plaque from Galveston College Foundation Chairperson Roland Bassett in recognition of his serving two three year terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Galveston College Foundation. Looking on at left are Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton.


The Galveston College Foundation is offering $60,000 in scholarships to students in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. These scholarships can be applied for by using one application to apply for 53 different scholarship opportunities. Apply by filling out the general application and submitting it to the Financial Aid Office by the April 15 deadline. The following scholarships are available:

Marionette Beyah Memorial
Ben S. and Marjorie Brown Trust Scholarship
Joan Cannady Scholarship
Culinary Scholarship
Olga Olson Scholarship
Coca Cola Scholarship
William Maury Darst Scholarship
John Parker Davie Trust
Easter-Wilson Scholarship
Galveston College Scholars
Hermes/Jordan Athletic Scholarship
Michael Hodge Memorial Scholarship
Lambdin Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Murillo Scholarship
Larry Patton Scholarship
Rudy Tomjanovich Scholarship
Lovelace, McDaniel, Nielson, Music Scholarship
Regents Scholarship
Tommy Smith Scholarship
Janice Stanton Scholarship
Jean Thompson Psychology Scholarship
Carl Kelly Scholarship
L.D. Edwards Memorial Scholarship
Friends of Trudy Jordon Scholarship
Industrial Material Welding Scholarship
University Federal Credit Union
Leti Diaz De Leon Memorial Scholarship
Student w/Disabilities Scholarships
Patrick Stinson Memorial Scholarship
Multi-Ethnic Scholarship
CNA Scholarship
Social Services Scholarship
Greater Texas Foundation Scholarship
Cecile Kempner Vocational Technical Scholarship
Del Papa Distributing 100th Anniversary Scholarship

Galveston College Culinary Arts Luncheon April 19

Chef Paul Mendoza and his Culinary Arts students invite you to the spring Culinary Scholarship Lunch on April 19, 2013 in the Galveston College Atrium.  The menu is drawn from the book “True Food” which was featured in the Galveston County Daily News last year.  The recipes in the book are based on the Mediterranean Diet, but ingredients are selected for their anti-inflammatory qualities.  The title of the book mimics that of a small chain of restaurants by the same name.  The first course, Chicken Dumplings with Cilantro-Za’atar Sauce, will be served at 11:30 a.m.  The entrée of Halibut with Fingerling Potatoes and Umami Sauce will follow, and Lemon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt will be served for dessert.  Ticket price is $15.00.  Please make reservations with Mari Macias at 409-944-1286.

Lecture Series Continues April 17

The second lecture for the 2013 spring semester is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at       7:00 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Student Center Wing. The lecture features Dr. Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University in San Marcos. Dr. Sansom will give a lecture is titled “The Texas Water Crisis: We Can’t Build Our Way Out of It.”

Andrew Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. He is a former Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Executive Director of the Texas Nature Conservancy.  For his commitment to the management and protection of natural resources, Mr. Sansom is a recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award, The Chuck Yeager Award from the National Fish and  Wildlife Foundation, The Pugsley Medal from the National Park Foundation,  the Seton Award from the International  Association of  Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nature Conservancy.  He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Austin College and Texas Tech University.

Under his leadership at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Mr. Sansom spearheaded a number of significant programs, including:

  • Founding the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation 
  • Adding over 500,000 acres to the State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas
  • Creating two nationally recognized aquatic facilities which include hatcheries, research laboratories, educational centers, and aquariums.
  • Initiating

an aggressive program to introduce urban children to nature and the outdoors
Mr. Sansom has dedicated his life to environmental conservation.  He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Historical Foundation, Bat Conservation International, KLRU Public Television in Austin, The National Audubon Society and The Texas Travel Industry Association.  He joined the staff of the National Recreation and Park Association in  Washington D.C. in l969.  He served as Environmental Coordinator for the White House Conference on Youth, Special Assistant to Secretary of Interior Rogers C.B. Morton, Director of Conservation Education at the   Federal Energy Administration and Deputy Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Houston.

His published works have appeared in Texas Monthly, The Texas Observer, Houston  City Magazine, Politics Today, Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Town and City. He is the author of five books, Texas Lost, Texas Past, Scout the Christmas Dog and Southern Plains Bison.

Andrew Sansom now serves as Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment where he is coordinates university policy and research related to freshwater resources, manages the headwaters of the San Marcos River which is the second largest artesian spring in the Western United States; administers the most extensive freshwater environmental education program in Texas; and supervises the training and coordination of more than 1000 volunteer water monitors in rivers and streams throughout the State.