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SPC Foundation announces new pre-engineering scholarship
LEVELLAND – South Plains College students majoring in pre-engineering will soon have access to a new scholarship program that has been created by Ray and Donna West of Midland.
The South Plains College Foundation recently announced the creation of the Ray and Donna West Pre-Engineering Scholarship Endowment, the sixth endowed scholarship program to be established by the Wests for the benefit of SPC students.
“The Wests are a remarkable couple who have made it their goal to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Julie Gerstenberger, director of development. “Their roots are in West Texas and they have chosen to make scholarships available to students who are a part of that heritage.”
Ray West, a graduate of Muleshoe High School and the University of Oklahoma, is still an active petroleum engineer. Donna West, who grew up in Beaver, Okla., also is a graduate of OU with a degree in elementary education.
“We began our connection to South Plains College when the Muleshoe Education Foundation advised us that the best use of our money would be to establish these scholarships through the SPC Foundation,” Mrs. West said.
In 2007, the couple established a $100,000 endowed scholarship program to support the Muleshoe community and college’s efforts to deliver nursing education through the SPC Muleshoe Center. Mrs. West said they had good experiences with the nurses in the Muleshoe Area Hospital when they were dealing with care of their parents.
The Wests recognized the critical need for more registered nurses in their hometown to keep the hospital well staffed. The nursing scholarship fund provides scholarships for Muleshoe students who enroll in the college’s associate degree nursing transition program or the vocational nursing program.
The Wests also have established four other scholarship endowments at SPC. Two of these funds, the Ray and Donna West Scholarship for American Heroes and the Ray and Donna West U.S. Veterans Scholarship, honor students who have served in the U.S. Military and their dependents. Another endowment fund provides scholarships for students who graduate from a Bailey County high school and plan to attend SPC. The Wests have also established a scholarship endowment to assist students who enroll in the college’s new physical therapist assistant program.
Mrs. West added that SPC has done what they’ve wanted with their scholarships and she praised the leadership of Dr. Kelvin Sharp, president of South Plains College.
The Wests’ generosity and support of South Plains College was recognized in 2008 when they were named Pacesetter Award recipients by the SPC Foundation Board of Directors.
In establishing the Ray and Donna West Pre-Engineering Scholarship, the Wests wished to recognize a student from a Midland County high school who planned to pursue an engineering career. “We are so grateful for Ray and Donna West’s friendship and their support of SPC students,” Gerstenberger said. “They have chosen to make a difference in the lives of our students in a big way.”
To make a donation to this scholarship or for more information about establishing a scholarship program at SPC, contact the Office of Development at (806) 716-2020.