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Coleman-Wilson Donates $200,000 to Hope Scholarship

October 16, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Lena Coleman-Wilson, founder and CEO of the LC Foundation, Inc., has donated a gift of $200,000 to the Lena Coleman-Wilson Hope Scholarship for deserving Coastal Bend students who are pursuing a degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

With this latest gift, the LC Foundation has contributed a total of $500,000 to the University for scholarships and other activities and programs. Last year, Coleman-Wilson donated an initial gift of $200,000 to establish the Lena Coleman-Wilson Hope Scholarship. In August 2010, she presented University President Flavius Killebrew with $100,000 to help fund student scholarships, faculty enrichment, and activities and programs implemented through the president’s office which build on community engagement.

“For many years, Lena Coleman-Wilson has been a champion for area students who desire to continue their education at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi,” said Killebrew. “She understands that an educated workforce attracts more industry and businesses to the Coastal Bend and this latest gift will give even more deserving students the opportunity to obtain a college degree and, after graduation, be successful in their careers.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be graduates of a Coastal Bend high school and be enrolled full-time at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Applicants must also have at least a 2.5 GPA and be able to demonstrate financial need.

“With the economy in the condition it’s in, students are struggling to find the money to continue their education,” said Coleman-Wilson. “There are so many exceptionally bright students applying for scholarships that we need to renew our commitment to help qualified students who aren’t getting the top scholarships but who need financial help to get their foot in the door.”

Rebecca Altman, a 1987 graduate of Flour Bluff High School, needed financial assistance when she decided to enroll at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last year to pursue a fine arts degree. As a non-traditional student, Altman was concerned about the additional financial burden her decision would put on her family. She applied for financial assistance and was awarded a Hope Scholarship.

“It’s really a blessing to have the Hope Scholarship so that I don’t have to worry so much about finances,” said Altman. “Because of it, I have not had to take out student loans and don’t have to worry about being deep in debt when I graduate.”

The $200,000 gift is the most recent contribution to the University from the LC Foundation. Last year, Coleman-Wilson donated an initial gift of $200,000 to establish the Lena Coleman-Wilson Hope Scholarship. In August 2010, she presented University President Flavius Killebrew with $100,000 to help fund student scholarships, faculty enrichment, and activities and programs implemented through the president’s office which build on community engagement.

Coleman-Wilson’s tradition of community service began in her hometown of Seguin, Texas, where she served as the vice president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, worked with the Girl Scouts, and was founder of Operation New Step, a program to purchase shoes for children in need.

After moving to Corpus Christi in 1976, Coleman-Wilson worked in social service positions and her own business, Lena’s Business Management & Consultants. In 1996, she began the LC Foundation, dedicated to finding permanent employment for people with disabilities.  But, after spending more than 30 years helping to train and find jobs for people of all backgrounds, she has come to a realization. “You can’t succeed without an education.” She set aside a percentage of the money from the LC Foundation to fund scholarships for high school graduates in the Coastal Bend to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Coleman-Wilson is president emeritus of the H. Boyd Hall chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and has served as a member of the United Way and the League of Women Voters. In 2008, Coleman was named Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

 


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