Golf tournament raises $245,000 for scholarships: Phelps honored with Lifetime Legacy Award
12.14.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez
HOUSTON – The 21st annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament raised $245,000 for student scholarships.
The event was held at Golf Club of Houston, home of the Shell Houston Open, where nearly 200 players competed in a Florida scramble format divided into two flights. Major sponsors for this year’s tournament included John “JR” and Sharessa Moon ($100,000), Coca Cola ($40,000) and Albemarle Corporation ($25,000).
“Albemarle is committed to investing in the communities we serve by providing leadership and support,” said Amir Sabahi, HPC team lead at Albemarle Corporation’s Bayport Technology Resources. “Our deepening partnership with San Jacinto College helps to tackle challenges faced by our local students, who may not receive an education without the financial assistance scholarships provide. We are happy be a part of this important event each year and look forward to continuing our partnership.”
Golfers and guests were treated to an evening reception featuring dinner and a raffle, with a special musical performance by “The Voice” season six runner-up and La Porte native, Jake Worthington.
This year the San Jacinto College Foundation Lifetime Legacy Award went to John and Wynell Phelps. The award commemorates the recipient’s years of giving to the San Jacinto College Foundation which have helped change students’ lives through access to education. Mr. and Mrs. Phelps are dedicated to educational advancement and have been generous supporters of the Foundation since 1997, giving more than $100,000 in personal gifts and corporate matching funds. The Wynell Phelps Endowed Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that has awarded approximately $68,700 in student scholarships to date. Mr. Phelps served on the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors for 20 years and was recently named an Emeritus director.
“Every year this great event gets even better,” said Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director of advancement. “I am humbled by the hard work and generosity of all of those who contributed their time and effort, their financial support and their ideas. The lives of our students and their families are made richer through the educational opportunities that these funds provide.”
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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.