On Monday afternoon, during an event at the Four Points by Sheraton, the Spanish Amarillo Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) awarded several local organizations with scholarships to continue the education of students in the area.
“We want to open doors and create opportunities for any and every student. Of course, sometimes the economic impact can be a factor in whether an individual can pursue their dreams, and we feel that should not be an obstacle. We want every student to know that a Hispanic room They are here to help, and we want to give them the opportunities they deserve.”
In total, AHCC awarded $15,000 to the West Texas A&M University Foundation, the Amarillo College Foundation, and the Amarillo Area Foundation’s THRIVE Scholarship Program. Each organization received a total of $5,000 to benefit from their respective grants and scholarships.
“This means a lot. One of our primary focus initiatives, which we have been focusing on for years, is education and meeting the needs of students in our area. The THRIVE program is an excellent way to implement our core values; finally. In the year, about $1.1 million was distributed through the THRIVE program THRIVE, helping just under 1,100 students throughout 2021,” said Melanie Smoot, vice president of development at the Amarillo Area Foundation. “We are really proud to be one of the partners in education with everyone we work with, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.”
According to AC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Joe Bell Sherrod, this scholarship will benefit a larger grant to the Los Barrios de Amarillo Trust.
“48% of AC’s students are Hispanic; I think these students know their rooms support them, and that encourages them to strive for more, as well as recognition of citizen-minded people within the community, and hopefully they will continue and remember these organizations that gave them and hopefully give back too “.
Sherrod also mentioned that for students who work while they are in college, these scholarships will help reduce some of the financial burden to help students work less while they are in school.
“As a Hispanic serving institution, it is very important that we provide our students with support to make education accessible to all, and through generous contributions like these and from others investing in our students, we can make this possible,” said WTAMU. Vice President for Philanthropy and External Relations, Todd Rasberry.
In addition to awarding donations, AHCC has been awarded a $5,000 CNS Pantex Scholarship to further its mission of supporting the community.
“This helps us move forward in our mission. It is clear that without the support of companies and groups like CNS Pantex, we would not be able to accomplish our mission, which is to re-educate and support as we did here today,” he said at the event. “For them to make such a generous donation to us, it helps us continue to expand our reach and create more opportunities for local students.”
For the benefit of AHCC, individuals can reach out and make a donation or visit them at the upcoming holiday draw, which will take place December 8 at Reed Beverage from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The year-end celebration will include live music, food, and more.
For individuals seeking to become members of the Spanish Amarillo Chamber of Commerce or join the organization, they are requested to contact the AHCC office at (806) 379-8800 or go online to https://amarillohcc.com/.
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