The Del Papa Distributing Company Community Fund recently contributed $250,000 to establish the JoAnn Sunseri Del Papa Endowed Scholarship in Health Sciences with the Galveston College Foundation.


The new endowed scholarship will support students enrolled in Galveston College’s Health Sciences program.


The growing health sciences program at Galveston College offers a wide variety of areas of study including Computed Tomography (CT), Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare Management, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Medical Administration, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Radiography and Surgical Technology.


“We are thankful for the gift by the Del Papa Distributing Company Community Fund, which will support about 10 scholarships per academic year for our health sciences program students,” said Myles Shelton, Galveston College president. “As we near construction completion of the new Health Sciences Education Center, which will house Galveston College’s Allied Health and Nursing programs, the creation of this endowed scholarship could not come at a better time.”


The new building in combination with the new scholarships provided through the JoAnn Sunseri Del Papa Endowed Scholarship in Health Sciences will benefit students’ learning experience, and the community will see positive results as highly trained health care graduates enter the local and regional workforce.


Laura Del Papa Murray said the workforce shortage in health care, as well as her family’s long history of involvement with Galveston College and the Galveston community, led to the decision to direct the funds to Galveston College’s Health Sciences program.


“My parents supported Galveston College and its students for many, many years and the timing of this gift is most appropriate. My mother is honored to have this endowed scholarship in her name,” said Laura Murray.


For more information about the Galveston College Foundation, contact the Office of Development and GC Foundation at 409-944-1306, or email



Galveston College was founded in 1967 and is a comprehensive community college providing the residents of Galveston Island and the surrounding region with academic, workforce development, continuing education and community service programs.