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City of Killeen hosts Stonetree Golf Classic this weekend

Supporting the A&M-Central Texas Foundation Scholarships

Special to the HHES

Killeen  – Ask any college or university president about their budget, and they will confirm that there is never enough money to go around. Even the oldest and most storied institutions know that need will always outpace resources.

Ask the president of A&M-Central Texas why it’s so important to raise money for scholarships, and his response will resemble a short course on how to balance biennial uncertainty, serve the Central Texas region, and keep innovation top of mind.

Ask Paula Lohse, second term chair of the A&M-Central Texas Foundation, what might be her priority and her response will be three words: Scholarships. Scholarships. Scholarships.

This Saturday, May 6, the City of Killeen presents the Texas A&M University-Central Texas Golf Classic at Stonetree Golf Course, all proceeds benefiting the A&M-Central Texas Foundation scholarships.

Brad Baine, coordinator of the event, confirmed that this year’s event has a full field and the weather looks great for an outstanding day of golf and competition.

“The City of Killeen is proud to have begun this tournament in 2010, and over $100,000 has been raised since that first year. The city always supports our local partners in education and thanks to many local businesses and organizations this year will be another successful fundraiser.”

Dr. Marc Nigliazzo, A&M-Central Texas president, appreciates the help of sponsors and players alike, and plans to be among them with a foursome of his own.

“More established universities can afford to allocate a portion of their annual budget for scholarships,” he explained. “But, as a new university, our priority continues to be the additional strengthening of the faculty and program resources.

“Every penny of non-government scholarships that A&M-Central Texas awards is raised by the Foundation or donated directly to the university via private donors. So events like this are very important.”

Foundation Board Chair, Paula Lohse, is undaunted by the challenge, citing the impact obtaining a degree has on the students – and the families of students.

“A scholarship, even if it is a modest one, often makes the difference in whether a single mom can continue to pursue her dream of a degree. And getting that degree changes the economic future of an entire family,” she began.

“I have witnessed how one of our scholarships gave a middle aged single mother the courage and confidence to attain a degree so that she could do for a living what had always been her true passion: earning a degree in social work so that she could help families and children in crisis.”

“It was risky for her to step out of one career and into college, but she did it. She worked nights and weekends to provide for herself and her daughter who was also trying to attend college.  When she received one of our scholarships, she was able to work a little less and study a little more.”

“When she graduated, she became an advocate for Children and Family Services and has made an impact on the lives of children and families in need throughout the county’s service area. I’m so proud to be part of an organization that really cares and makes a difference!”

Registration for the Golf Classic is at 7 a.m. on Saturday May 6th and a shotgun start kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Lunch, awards ceremony, and a raffle drawing follow. For more information, contact Brad Baine at Stonetree Golf Club at 501.6575

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