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Donation Advances Fund for Scholarship Benefitting GED Graduates at Texas A&M–Corpus Christi

February 12, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Joe A. Gonzalez (JAG) “Education Is Our Freedom” GED Scholarship Program and Nueces County Senior Citizens Association have presented a $1,000 donation to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi for a scholarship fund benefitting General Equivalency Diploma (GED) graduates.  The donation is the second for the fund created in July. 

Gonzalez, founder of the program and Nueces County Commissioner for Precinct 2, along with the Nueces County Senior Citizens Association, Westside Business Association and various sponsors created the fund in memory of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Dr. Cleo Garcia, and Dr. Xico Garcia.

“Some students have to take a different track to get to the end,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  “We’re proud to meet the needs of these students and have the support of the community, with scholarships such as this one, in order to ensure student success.” 

The scholarships awarded from the endowment will help deserving students who have graduated with a GED from any Coastal Bend county.  Students must demonstrate financial need and pursue a bachelor’s degree at the island university.

 “We want to make sure that GED students complete their goal of a college education,” said Gonzalez.  “We like to tell them, ‘It’s not a handout out.  It’s a bailout.’  We want to provide future educational opportunities and an educated workforce.”

Commissioner Gonzalez worked in probation, parole and bureau prisons for 21 years with the U.S. Department of Justice.  He retired in 1999 and was elected Nueces County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 1 for 10 years.  He was instrumental in initiating and developing the Truancy Reduction Alternative Program Solutions (TRAPS,) which incorporated various tools to help parents and schools with poor attendance.  Gonzalez was elected Nueces County Commissioner for Precinct 2 in November 2010, taking office on January 1, 2011, for a four-year term.

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