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Galveston College Head Baseball Coach Javier Solis welcomes Scotty LeGate to the Whitecaps orientation. Scotty, a Ball High 2007 graduate, will play for the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team. Pictured left to right are Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and the Galveston College Foundation; parents Linda and Buzzy LeGate, Scotty LeGate and Head Baseball Coach Javier Solis.
The Galveston College Foundation is celebrating ten years of service to Galveston College and the communities it serves. The foundation’s mission statement reads “The Galveston College Foundation exists to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to accomplish its mission of improving people’s lives through lifelong learning.”
In the Fall of 1996, the Galveston College Foundation was revived and formally incorporated with a 35 member board of directors and a staff Executive Director in Spring of 1997. The Foundation had already received $500,000 towards its primary endowment goal for Universal Access. In these early days, ten years ago, most board members perceived Universal Access as its only mission. Later the Foundation would develop a broader scope of fundraising and friendraising and become the development and institutional advancement arm of Galveston College.
The Universal Access program, implemented in the fall of 2001, has gone through many good transitions, received state and national media recognition and awards and has remained a valuable gift to the residents of Galveston Island, Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach since its inception.
The Universal Access Endowment is $ 3,189,812 and the program is designed so that the Foundation pays a bill each semester from interest earned from the Endowment to cover UA recipient’s tuition and fees.
UA students who are financially qualified for federal Pell grants or Texas grants are funded through the Financial Aid Office but are still considered part of the Universal Access program.
The Universal Access Guidelines have been adjusted in the last few years to provide even greater access for local residents to take advantage of their local community college. For example, Universal Access recipients may now take as few as two courses during the fall and spring semesters and only one course is required during the summer months. This adjustment has allowed for students to work and attend college at the same time, and recipients now have up to five years to use their award.
The Universal Access program also allows for non-credit workforce programs to be funded so students may pursue short-term training programs like dental assisting, pharmacy technician, nurse assistant and welding.
The original Foundation Board of Directors consisted of 35 citizens who began their work in Spring 1997 to help raise Universal Access funds. The board currently can operate with as few as three directors and as many as twenty-one. Board members may serve a maximum of two consecutive three year terms. Board members are appointed by recommendation of the Board Development Committee and selected by a majority of the full Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors of the Galveston College Foundation must meet annually but generally meets three times a year, as does its three committees.
The 2007 Galveston College Foundation Board of Directors are Mrs. Susan Broll, Chair; Mr. Freddie Black, Vice-Chair; Mr. Henry Cavazos, J.D.; Mr. Eddie Johnson; Dr. Al LeBlanc; Mr. Allan Matthews; Mr. David Murphy; Mrs. Maureen Patton; Mr. Jimmy Rasmussen, Treasurer; Mr. Albert Shannon; Ms. Kelley Sullivan; Ms. Marian Thomas, Secretary; Mr. Melvin Williams and Mrs. Rosalinda Morales.
Ex-Officio board members are Mr. Carl Kelly; Mr. Joe Huff, III; Mr. Florentino “Tino” Gonzalez and Dr. Myles Shelton.