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Blinn recognizes donors of six new endowed scholarships

Blinn Foundation offers students 226 scholarships totaling approximately $14 million

Endowed scholarships


Luncheon Photo Gallery

November 8, 2014

Blinn College recognized the donors who established six new endowed scholarships totaling approximately $135,000 during the past year Saturday with a luncheon at the College’s Brenham campus.

Including those created during the past year, the Blinn College Foundation has established 226 scholarships totaling approximately $14 million.

“Every year, this luncheon demonstrates our community’s commitment both to the importance of higher education and to the students we serve,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn College district president. “In establishing these scholarships, the donors give our students the opportunity for a brighter future.”
The six endowed scholarships established this year were the:

  • Jane Boehnemann Nursing Scholarship for Brenham campus Licensed Vocational Nursing students.
  • Jan & Jerry Calvert Technical Education Scholarship for technical education students.
  • Dr. James I. Durham Scholarship for chemistry students.
  • Ellie Carter Vanderwerth Scholarship for general scholarship, with a preference for students studying education.
  • Theodore M. Vanderwerth, Jr. Technical Education Scholarship for technical education students.
  • President Donald E. Voelter Scholarship for general 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.

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:

Registration is currently open for Blinn’s Winter minimester and Spring semester. The Winter minimester runs Dec. 19-23 and Jan. 5-15, and registration is available through Dec. 18. Registration for the 16-week Spring semester is open through Jan. 19, with classes beginning Dec. 20. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit:

About Blinn College
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: