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Uranium Energy Corp (UEC) announced the creation of a new “Community Scholarship Program” in partnership with Coastal Bend College. The two-year educational program establishes a $20,000 fund for scholarships. Students in South Texas attending classes on any of Coastal Bend College’s four campuses in Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton are eligible to apply.
Uranium Energy Corp CEO Harry Anthony (center) presents a $20,000 to Coastal Bend College for scholarships. Receiving the check on behalf of the college are CBC Board Member Laura Fischer (left) and CBC President Dr. Thomas Baynum.
UEC Chief Operating Officer Harry L. Anthony presented a big check to CBC President Dr. Thomas Baynum and CBC Board Member Laura Fischer during a reception attended by CBC students, faculty and staff.
Anthony said, “A well educated workforce is essential to the success of any business and UEC is committed to supporting the communities where we operate. Coastal Bend College is a leader in workforce development and providing affordable, accessible education. We are very honored to support their efforts.”
Harry Anderson, far left, representing Uranium Energy Corp, presents a check that will cover as many as 20 scholarships for Coastal Bend College students. Receiving the check on behalf of the college are, from left, Rachel Rivas of El Paso, Cristian Padron of Refugio, Tiffini Horton of Alice, Cedric Ritell of Galveston, Bianco Cortez of San Antonio, Monzelle White of Houston, Marissa Lopez of Carrollton, Alex Pineda of Houston, Brianna Rios of Beeville and Todd Drennan of Montgomery, Texas.
Dr. Thomas Baynum, President of Coastal Bend College, thanked UEC for their educational outreach and said, “Investment in CBC is a sound business decision. Our goal is to provide a quality education to our students and prepare them for the outside world. This partnership is a perfect example of that mission. I applaud UEC’s community investment and look forward to a long-lasting relationship.” Anthony and Baynum also announced the possibility of curriculum and workforce training initiatives related to the clean energy industry in the near future.
The scholarship is open to students who are residents of UEC’s geographic service area, which consists of Bee, Duval, Goliad, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak and Nueces Counties and will be awarded to academic, industrial trades and engineering-related majors. The scholarships are not need-based, but applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher to qualify and must carry at least 12 hours per semester.
Applications will be accepted now for the Spring 2012 semester. Multiple scholarships will be awarded; some of them will be disbursed over two semesters. As many as 20 students stand to benefit from the gift.
“We put so much emphasis on student success that I’m happy to see when students go through to completion,” Dr. Baynum said. “A major issue for many of our students is access. These scholarships will help to address that issue.”
Fischer added that the investments of business partners like UEC have a great impact on the college and put voice to the assertion that education is important to local industry.
Uranium Energy Corp is a Corpus Christi-based uranium production, development and exploration company whose operations are managed by professionals with a recognized profile for excellence in their industry, a profile based on many decades of hands-on experience. Uranium Energy Corp is an industry leader in meeting the world’s overwhelming demand for more uranium, for more energy, for cheaper energy and for a cleaner environment. For more information on Uranium Energy Corp, visit www.uraniumenergy.com.
The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2011 at 5 p.m. in the Financial Aid Office. For information, contact CBC Financial Aid office at (361) 354-2237 or visit an advisor on any campus.