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November 9, 2013

Blinn Foundation recognizes donors of 11 new endowed scholarships

Foundation offers 220 student scholarships totaling almost $14 million

Blinn College District President Harold Nolte, scholarship recipients Tyler Krebs and Kylie Antkowiak and  Joe Al Picone of the Blinn College Foundation

Blinn College recognized the donors who established 11 new endowed scholarships totaling approximately $180,000 during the past year Saturday at the College’s Brenham campus.

Including those created during the past year, the Blinn College Foundation has established 220 scholarships totaling almost $14 million.

“I used to think it was a great year if we got five or six new donors,” said Joe Al Picone of the Blinn College Foundation. “To have 11 new donors again this year demonstrates the generosity of our community and the tremendous value we place on education. Our community understands that a student scholarship is the gift of a lifetime.”

The 11 endowed scholarships established this year were the:

  • Ben W. Boehnke Memorial Scholarship.
  • Brenham Cubs Baseball Alumni Scholarship.
  • Beatrice Bednar Donisi Memorial Scholarship.
  • Sam Duree Music Scholarship.
  • Steven and Ruth Noack Vocational Nursing Scholarship.
  • A. Melton Schoenvogel Scholarship.
  • Dr. C.W. Schoenvogel Family Scholarship.
  • C. Walter “Walt” Schoenvogel Jr. Scholarship.
  • Keith and Elizabeth Twiggs Scholarship.
  • Oliver Wagner / Graham Masonic Lodge Scholarship.
  • Warren Masonic Lodge #56 Scholarship.

The Foundation supports programs and activities that enhance the quality of education for Blinn College students and expand the educational opportunities for the entire community. While raising funds is an important function, the Foundation also seeks to heighten community awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the College and to promote excellence in education.

Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has raised more than $13 million for Blinn. Those funds have been used to help launch major construction projects across Blinn’s campuses, including the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center, the J. Hal and Allyne Machat Music Facility, the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex and the Bert and Mae Dean Wheeler Residence Hall.

An additional $1 million has been spent purchasing classroom equipment and supplies requested by Blinn faculty.

For more information on the Foundation and its mission, call 979-830-4107 or visit:

PHOTO – From left: Blinn College District President Harold Nolte, scholarship recipients Tyler Krebs and Kylie Antkowiak and  Joe Al Picone of the Blinn College Foundation celebrated 11 endowed scholarships established during the past year during a luncheon hosted by the Blinn Foundation. The new scholarships totaled approximately $180,000.