Temple College awards 323 scholarships totaling more than $284,000 to 304 students; Lifelong Leopard Awards presented
The Temple College Foundation hosted the 2022 Scholarship Reception Aug. 24 to honor 304 students who received a total of 323 scholarships this year and to say “Thank you” to the many donors who provided the funding.
The Foundation, which celebrated the awarding of more than $284,000 in scholarships, also presented Lifelong Leopard Awards to Kevin and Hope Koch, Kent MacDougall, Fernando Jonse and Rhonda Miller, and current student AnneMarie Gorrell. The Lifelong Leopard Award is given to honor people who invest in Temple College and its students.
“This annual reception is one small way to celebrate the wonderful people and organizations who have invested in the lives of Temple College students. It also provides the great opportunity for our students to meet some of the donors who have given so generously,” said Dr. Evelyn Waiwaiole, Vice President of Resource Development and External Relations.
“It was a great pleasure to recognize Kevin and Hope Koch, Kent MacDougall, Fernando Jonse and Rhonda Miller, and our student AnneMarie Gorrell with our Lifelong Leopard Award,” said Tyler Jermstad, president of the Temple College Foundation Board. “These recipients have been incredible supporters and ambassadors for Temple College and have invested their time, energy and resources on behalf of Temple College students. Their commitments to the College have changed lives, and we wanted to do something special to honor them.”
Kevin and Hope Koch are administrators for the Callaway Foundation, which provides $7,500 each year to C.H. Yoe High School seniors to attend Temple College. Since 2004, the Foundation has helped more than 100 students reach their education goals. Hope Koch has served on the Temple College Foundation Board for four years.
Kent MacDougall served as a mathematics professor at Temple College from 1975-2008. He and his wife, Marilyn, began the Gina MacDougall Memorial Endowment in 2011 to honor their daughter. The scholarship benefits students with the desire to succeed in education or child development. As part of an endowment completion initiative, the MacDougalls’ support led to five endowments being fully funded. This led to nine additional scholarships being awarded the past two years.
Fernando Jonse launched the Lana Villarreal Jonse Scholarship in 2018 to honor his late wife, Lana, who had earned a master’s degree in nursing. Rhonda Miller joined Fernando Jonse to organize and host annual barbecue cookoffs with games, concerts and family fun to raise money for Lana’s scholarship. Fernando and Rhonda have raised more than $20,000 in four years to assist Temple College nursing students.
AnneMarie Gorrell is pursuing an associate degree in psychology. She plans to finish her degree program in December. Gorrell has a passion for the arts, writes poems for Leopard Tales, is a member of Art Club and has been a student worker on campus for a year. She is an inaugural member of Temple College’s Student Ambassador program and is a positive representative for all things Temple College. She is always willing to help and is a team player. She plans to transfer to a four-year university.
ABOUT THE TEMPLE COLLEGE FOUNDATION
The Temple College Foundation supports Temple College by providing a means of receiving and administering gifts on behalf of the College. These gifts can be used to support student scholarships, programming, emergency aid, capital improvements and more. The goal is to make sure that financial need never gets in the way of students achieving their academic dreams.
ABOUT TEMPLE COLLEGE
Temple College is a dynamic and growing community college that equips thousands of students throughout Central Texas and beyond with the knowledge and skills for 21st century success. Temple College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs to students who seek to earn credits for transfer, graduate with an associate degree, or complete a certificate for fast entry into the workforce.
Founded in 1926, Temple College has enjoyed an excellent academic reputation for more than 96 years and is nationally recognized for excellence in its programs from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics, and the College has become one of the premiere institutions in the state for education and training of health care providers and advanced manufacturing and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.