(WACO, Texas) – The Brazos Higher Education Services Corp. in Waco has given a $25,000 contribution to Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus for two scholarships to help students.

“A lot of the practical things you do in terms of building skill sets for actual jobs for people coming out (of TSTC) is valuable,” said Ben Litle, the higher education services corporation’s president and chief executive officer.

The money will be split between the Texan Success Scholarship and Helping Hands Scholarship at TSTC. 

The Texan Success Scholarship was created in 2016 to help incoming TSTC students pay for their first two semesters. TSTC’s enrollment coaches and recruiters select students who have graduated from high school with at least a 2.0 grade-point average or have a minimum score of 145 on the GED, and have completed the admissions process. The scholarship is non-needs based. Chosen students receive $500 for each of the first two semesters.

The Helping Hands Scholarship is a short-term solution for students who have nonacademic financial problems preventing them from completing classes. Students who are in need of assistance can talk to their enrollment coaches to begin the application process.

“We are thankful for their gift and partnership with TSTC,” said Pete Rowe, a vice president of development  for The TSTC Foundation.

The Brazos Higher Education Services Corp. was founded in the 1970s by the late Murray Watson Jr., a former Texas legislator who filed legislation in 1969 to separate what was an arm of the Texas A&M University system into a stand-alone institution for technical education that would become TSTC. The nonprofit corporation provides student loans for Texans seeking higher education.

“They are great to work with,” Rowe said.

For more information on how to make a gift to TSTC, go to https://www.tstc.edu/give/.

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