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Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation

Founders Albert and Ethel Herzstein were both children of pioneers. The family name – which ironically translates as “heart of stone” — is unique, originating only from the town of Thielen in Germany’s Westphalia region. Albert’s parents, Jewish settlers Morris...

Angelo J. and Amelia Amato Memorial Scholarship

Angelo J. and Amelia Amato Memorial Scholarship

Angelo and Amelia Amato were lifelong residents of Galveston County, first living on the island, then moving to Texas City in 1953 where they remained for the rest of their lives. They were married for 51 years before he passed away in 1990. Amelia lived on until...

BP

BP

BP continues support through a variety of scholarships since the Process Technology Program’s inception more than 20 years ago. Scholarships include Process Technology, COM Collegiate High School, and even equipment upgrades. “As technology changes, the program...

Bruce and Nadine Latimer Memorial Scholarship

Bruce and Nadine Latimer Memorial Scholarship

Bruce Latimer, who is retired from home building and real estate, wanted to set up a memorial scholarship after his wife, Nadine, who passed away in July 2009. Nadine Latimer was a COM alumna as she completed a basic clerical skills certificate program and proudly...

College of the Mainland

College of the Mainland

COM TRiO Department

COM TRiO Department

Purpose: The TRIO Scholarship is for active TRIO students in Upward Bound and Student Support Services. The scholarship is available for TRIO students to apply with academic needs. All TRiO student’s interested can submit their applications by applying for...

Craig and Melissa Eiland Scholarship

Craig and Melissa Eiland Scholarship

The Honorable Craig Eiland is an attorney and former member of the Texas House of Representatives where he served from 2003 to 2015, when he chose not to run for re-election. Melissa, Craig’s partner and wife, is CEO of MO Investments and Eiland Law Firm. They are...

C.R. and Margaret Johnson Memorial Scholarship

C.R. and Margaret Johnson Memorial Scholarship

C. R. Johnson became interested in the community college movement before it became a reality in Galveston County. He came to Texas City in 1947, the year of the Great Blast which destroyed much of the city. He was an electrician and participated for many years in the...

David Hansmire Scholarship

David Hansmire Scholarship

“A rock is not just a rock.” – David Hansmire David Hansmire lived in Galveston County most of his life. He taught math at La Marque High School for 8 years before coming to COM as a professor of Geology and Math at for 25 years. He also was an adviser for the honor...

Del Papa Distributing Scholarship in Business/Marketing/Human Resource

Del Papa Distributing Scholarship in Business/Marketing/Human Resource

Lawrence J. Del Papa 1928-2015 Lawrence grew up in Galveston, having lived here since the age of 2. began working in the family business, today’s Del Papa Distributing Company, at age eleven. He worked in every company position over the course of his career,...

Dickinson High School Alumni

Dickinson High School Alumni

Written by Stephen Tackett on his blog: www.gatorsonlylater.com The last time I saw Allison (Farris) Fox was in May of 2010. Before that, I’d met her for either dinner or lunch in the Spring of 1993 in San Antonio right before I graduated from college. Before...

Dr. Donald G. Bass and Claudena Bass Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Donald G. Bass and Claudena Bass Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Donald G. Bass was a charter faculty member at College of the Mainland, starting in 1968 as an English professor. He later became Dean of Instruction from 1985 – 1998 but eventually returned to his passion of teaching. He never retired from COM and began teaching...

Dr. Gary E. and Mrs. Diane Wilson Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Gary E. and Mrs. Diane Wilson Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Gary Edward Wilson Gary was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and is the son of Cecil Carroll Wilson and Normagene Kendall Wilson. As a youth, he received the God and Country Award and the Eagle Scout Award while in the Boy Scouts. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan...

Dr. Renate True Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Renate True Memorial Scholarship

Renate was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil on September 19, 1936. She went to college in Brazil and received her doctorate degree. Renate was one of the world’s first women aquanauts. She was part of the Tektite II project, an underwater laboratory which was the home...

Ducks Abroad Scholarship

Ducks Abroad Scholarship

As a college student on a study abroad trip, College of the Mainland professor Doug Alvarez touched the Eiffel Tower in Paris, explored the Coliseum’s ruins in Rome and ran with the bulls in Spain. Now he wants to give other students the opportunity to explore the...

Duncanson EMS Scholarship

Duncanson EMS Scholarship

Ms. Duncanson is a senior lubrication engineer for Exxon Mobil where she has worked for over 30 years. In 2005, she decided to join the Friendswood Volunteer EMS department. Even with her busy schedule, she went back to school to become a paramedic so that she could...

Galveston County Daily News Scholarship

Galveston County Daily News Scholarship

From the printing press to the Internet and beyond, the mission of Texas’ oldest newspaper has changed little since that first edition in 1842: Tell the stories of Galveston County — one day at a time. Telling those stories has kept The Daily News alive and vital...

George and Nelson Thomas Memorial Scholarship

George and Nelson Thomas Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was started in memory of George Thomas after his passing in 2004. George was born in San Antonio, and graduated from Palestine High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Sam Houston State University. He went on to teach math...

Grafton T. and Barbara M. Austin Memorial Scholarship

Grafton T. and Barbara M. Austin Memorial Scholarship

The late Grafton T. Austin, was the first elected mayor of La Marque. His wife, Barbara, has been both a student and a benefactor at the College. She took art classes at the College in the early 1970s and created the Grafton T. and Barbara M. Austin Memorial...

Grover and Ada Faye Salsbury Senior Adult Memorial Scholarship

Grover and Ada Faye Salsbury Senior Adult Memorial Scholarship

Grover Salsbury, a man dedicated to the community, family and friends, had one focus in the last year of his life – endowing the College of the Mainland scholarship to honor his late wife of 50 years, Ada Faye. “It was Ada Faye and Grover. They always did everything...

Handy-Ward Scholarship

Handy-Ward Scholarship

Bob Handy spent 12 years at COM, beginning his tenure in 1972 as Coordinator of Non-credit Avocational Continuing Education and Community Services. Over his 12 year tenure, he expanded the non-credit course offerings from 20 to over 130, created the Senior Adult...

H. K. "Griz" and Helen Eckert Memorial Scholarship

H. K. "Griz" and Helen Eckert Memorial Scholarship

Mr H. K. “Griz” Eckert and his wife, Helen, resided in Texas City from 1938 until they moved to Kerrville, TX in 1970. Mr. Eckert was the on first Board of Trustees for COM and served as President until he resigned when they moved. COM’s own Lake Eckert was named for...

James Edwards, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

James Edwards, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Edwards was an active union member and served his local union for 26 years. He first joined in 1964 and held his first office in 1968 continuing on to be elected as a state legislative director by OCAW District 4 Council in 1983. OCAW was the Oil, Chemical, and...

Jean La Barbera Sandberg Memorial Scholarship

Jean La Barbera Sandberg Memorial Scholarship

The Jean La Barbera Sandberg Memorial Scholarship was proudly established by her family and friends to honor her loving spirit. Jean was the best friend anyone ever had, and her list of friends is virtually endless. Her life made a great difference to all those she...

Jimmy Hayley Scholarship

Jimmy Hayley Scholarship

Jimmy Hayley was a 1955 graduate of La Marque High School and went on to earn a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University in 1959. In 1961 he began his 25-year career with Guaranty Federal Savings & Loan, first as a branch manager...

JoAnna Bradford Memorial Nursing Scholarship

JoAnna Bradford Memorial Nursing Scholarship

As a child, it was always a dream to become a nurse. My mother and maternal grandmother are two of my greatest motivational factors. My late grandmother was a Registered Nurse, and my mother has been one for the past thirty-two years. While in college, in 2014, my...

John S. Dunn Foundation

John S. Dunn Foundation

The John S. Dunn Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to supporting charitable organizations, primarily in the greater Houston area, that provide for those in need. The Dunn Foundation’s current focus is supporting healthcare clinics for the underserved,...

Jordan Ellis Fire Academy Scholarship

Jordan Ellis Fire Academy Scholarship

Jordan graduated from Fire School at the College of the Mainland in Texas City and worked as a volunteer firefighter for Spring, and League City. He previously worked as an EMT for Enterprise Ambulance, and was employed as a Certified Safety Specialist at BP AMOCO in...

Joseph Milton Glasco Memorial Scholarship

Joseph Milton Glasco Memorial Scholarship

Joseph Glasco was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, but grew up in Texas. Glasco graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Shortly after, he enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, and he served in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he...

Judge and Mrs. L. D. Godard Memorial Scholarship

Judge and Mrs. L. D. Godard Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was originally started by Judge Godard’s wife, Glennis, in 1988 in his memory. She felt it was a great way to honor his memory and lifelong service to the public. She expected recipients to reflect his qualities of integrity, commitment to good...