Rusk TJC Citizens Promise funds TJC scholarships for Rusk graduates
Published Thursday, 27th February 2014
The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise, the first scholarship program of its kind in Texas, may fund two years at Tyler Junior College for the top 50 percent of qualifying Rusk High School graduates.
“We are fortunate to partner with the nation’s best junior college – Tyler Junior College – and announce this life-changing, economic engine for the Rusk community,” said James I. Perkins, Citizens 1st Bank president and chairman of the board. “We believe that other communities will be inspired to start similar Promise programs and help future generations through education.”
Text of TJC Board Resolution:
BECAUSE The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise is the first scholarship program of its kind in the state of Texas and will change the lives of the people of Rusk, the Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees does hereby thank and recognize Citizens 1st Bank and The James I. Perkins Family Foundation for their dedication to education and their continued generosity in their investment in the futures of Rusk students in the outstanding Rusk Independent School District by establishing The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise Program; which will
PROVIDE A SCHOLARSHIP TO TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE for qualifying Rusk High School students who graduate in the top half of their class; and
FUND EDUCATIONAL COSTS FOR UP TO TWO YEARS AT TJC, which will allow eligible Rusk graduates to study in fields that lead directly to employment or to earn the first half of a four-year degree; and thereby
FURTHER CREATE AND CULTIVATE a college-going culture among Rusk High School students and provide them with opportunities to complete meaningful degrees that lead to well-paying jobs and brighter futures; and
PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in Rusk by producing a more educated and better skilled workforce and by encouraging families to relocate to Rusk to participate in the scholarship program.
AS THE FIRST SUCH INITIATIVE OF ITS KIND IN TEXAS, The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise is a partnership of Tyler Junior College, Tyler Junior College Foundation, Rusk Independent School District, Citizens 1st Bank, and The James I. Perkins Family Foundation, and, as such,
POSITIVELY IMPACTS THE LIVES of Rusk students, their families, and their livelihoods for generations to come; and
SEEKS TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS to follow suit by creating similar programs in their own communities.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the members of the Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees enthusiastically support this program and present this expression of recognition and gratitude to Rusk Independent School District, Citizens 1st Bank, and The James I. Perkins Family Foundation.
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