Two Tyler Junior College alumni will share stories of how the college and its scholarships positively affected their lives during the school’s foundation fundraiser.
Rocky Coss and Kristy Howell will be the alumni speakers today at the Azalea Orthopedics Scholarship Golf Tournament at Hollytree Country Club. The tournament benefits the TJC Foundation.
TJC and its foundation annually award $2 million in scholar- ship funds, according to the information provi- ded by the college.
Last year’s tournament, the most successful in college history, provided $64,000 in scholarships. This year’s goal is to exceed those results.
A 2010 TJC graduate, Coss earned an associate’s degree in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration. He also com- pleted two certificates of proficiency in related areas, according to the college.
“I’m very grateful to those who make scholarships possible,” he said, according to a TJC email. “It was very encouraging and gave me the added determination to meet my goal and complete my associate’s degree.”
A Sears employee for seven years, the company promoted Coss from technician to trainer after his college education.
Ms. Howell earned associates degrees in general studies and dental hygiene in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
It was during her second year in that program that she received the foundation’s golf tournament scholarship.
“It came at the perfect time,” she said, according to the TJC email. “I was not able to work while in the program, so funds were limited.”
Since graduation, she has worked as a dental hygienist at the Bethesda Health Clinic in Tyler, according to the email.
“TJC gave me the ability to obtain a life changing career that I love,” she said.