ALAMO COLLEGES DISTRICT ANNOUNCES $2.445 MILLION
TO BENEFIT STUDENTS AT ITS GREATER KERRVILLE CENTER
Colleges District announced a $2.445 million gift from noted
philanthropist F. O’Neil Griffin to fund scholarships and programs at the Alamo
Colleges District Greater Kerrville Center. Specifically, the gift provides
$1,222,500 to be added to the Neil and Elaine Griffin Foundation Endowed
Kerrville Opportunity Scholarship, $500,000 for renovating the Career and
Technical Education Building at the center and $722,500 to establish the Neil
and Gena Griffin Endowed Excellence Fund that will provide an ongoing stream of
funds to strengthen programs, facilities and operations at the center.
is the largest ever received by the Alamo Colleges Foundation. Previously,
Griffin donated $1.05 million in 2010 to establish The Neil and Elaine
Griffin Foundation Endowed Kerrville Opportunity Scholarship, which has
benefitted more than 80 students. The additional funds will double
the number of scholarships available to students enrolled at the center.
Griffin is a
noted Kerrville business leader and charitable donor. He is the former owner of
the First National Bank of Kerrville, chairman and CEO of Mountain Banks, Ltd.,
a multibank holding company, and former vice chairman of First City
Banccorporation, a multibank holding company. One of ten children
born on a farm in Osceola, Arkansas, Griffin served in the U.S. Navy during
WWII and earned his bachelors degree from Arkansas State University under
the G.I. Bill, followed by a master’s degree from The University of Texas at
Austin. He has also has made generous gifts to Peterson Regional Medical
Center and Schreiner University in Kerrville. Griffin and his wife Gena
currently reside in Palm Springs, California.
Kerrville Center is located in the former, historic Tivy Education Center
at 1012 Barnett Street in Kerrville. The 19,000-square-foot facility
encompasses 11 state-of-the-art, multimedia classrooms, including two wet labs
for science classes and a nursing simulation lab. Two classrooms also have
video-conferencing capabilities to expand program offerings and to make
meetings more accessible. The facility was funded by a capital campaign that
raised $2.2 million. The Griffin Foundation also contributed the first $250,000
to the capital campaign.
The center, which was originally housed at Hal
Peterson Middle School, was made possible through a partnership between The
Alamo Colleges and the Kerrville Independent School District, supported by the
Kerrville area community. The center, the only non-private higher educational
facility in the area, began offering classes in fall 2008. The center provides
access for Kerrville area residents to associate degree courses, plus tuition-free,
dual credit courses for high school students and workforce training to help
workers attain the education and skills needed to meet to the workforce needs
of the area.
Since its inception, the
Kerrville center has had 11,316 enrollments. The Alamo Colleges District - San
Antonio College Licensed Vocational Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing program
is housed at the Kerrville center, which also offers academic courses for
transfer as well as technical programs in certified nursing assistant, child
development associate and welding.
“We are sincerely grateful
to the Neil and Elaine Griffin Foundation for their vision in providing this
second, even more generous gift, which will make a lasting difference
in the lives of Kerrville area residents,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr.
Bruce Leslie. “We also are deeply appreciative of the efforts of the Kerrville
Independent School District and the Kerrville community in helping us make this
center a success,” he added.
The Alamo Colleges’ service
area includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr and
At the Alamo Colleges, high
quality education and low costs provide exceptional value to students and
alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community.