Union Pacific Railroad Foundation donates to support student scholarships

06.09.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren

PASADENA, Texas – The Union Pacific Railroad Foundation has donated $10,000 to the San Jacinto College Foundation in support of student scholarships.

Twenty students have received $500 scholarships through this grant, which is the second from the Railroad Foundation in two years. Last year, the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation donated $5,000, which helped 10 students. The donation benefits San Jacinto College low-income students in Pasadena, La Porte, and Deer Park.

“San Jacinto College serves areas that are very important to Union Pacific Railroad, and we are proud to support its efforts in preparing students who will help our communities grow and prosper,” said Raquel Espinoza, director of public affairs at Union Pacific Railroad.

Angela Vasquez, a student who received financial assistance through this grant donation, said, “I want to become an orthodontist. This scholarship will help me by providing financial assistance for my educational expenses and allow me more time to concentrate on my studies, so that one day I can achieve my dream of becoming an orthodontist.”

“The Union Pacific Railroad Foundation has done so much for our students, and their impact will reach beyond each one, their families, and our community,” said Ruth Keenan, executive director of the San Jacinto College Foundation. “We are honored to partner with them to support the dreams of our students. Their support puts our students on the track to success.”



About the San Jacinto College Foundation
The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information about the Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit www.sanjac.edu/foundation, or call 281-998-6104.


About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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