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Blinn-Bryan sophomore named TCCTA Burnside Scholar

Texas Community College Teachers Association recognizes Jacob Sanchez for outstanding leadership

March 9, 2016

A Blinn College sophomore was recently recognized for outstanding leadership and service by Texas’ largest organization of postsecondary educators.

Jacob Sanchez of Alvin was honored with the Texas Community College Teachers Association’s (TCCTA) Charles Burnside Scholar Award at the TCCTA Convention. Also known as the Student of the Year Award, the honor includes a $1,000 scholarship annually presented to a deserving student at the college of the current TCCTA president. Blinn Humanities Professor Essie Childers holds that position.

The president of the Blinn-Bryan Student Government Association (SGA), Sanchez was nominated by Dr. Bennie Graves, director of Student Leadership & Activities on the Blinn-Bryan campus.

“He has done amazing things for Blinn College in terms of getting students engaged in leadership,” Graves said. “He reaches out to students who are reserved or reluctant to get involved, and lets them know they have a place here at Blinn and that they add value to the College.”

Sanchez began his Blinn education in Fall 2014, despite doubts that a college education was the path for him.

He had worked every summer with his uncles at an industrial plant, but a passion for geology and a desire for a political career led him to explore educational opportunities.

“Blinn was the best place for me to start my college education,” Sanchez said. “Not only was I able to save money and gain experiences outside of my hometown, but Blinn has shown me how to be a leader and work with individuals with an array of backgrounds and personalities. At a large university, you get thrown into the mix. The small class sizes here cultivate better students and leaders.”

Sanchez will begin studying geology and environmental law at Texas A&M University in the Fall.

“If it wasn’t for Blinn, I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” Sanchez said. “The students and faculty have influenced me to become a better and stronger leader.”

PHOTO – From left: Dr. Pat Westergaard, Blinn College dean of Humanities; Dr. Mary Hensley, district president/CEO; Jacob Sanchez; Essie Childers, Texas Community College Teachers Association president and Blinn Humanities professor; and Dr. John Beaver, interim dean of Social Sciences.