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Plano Rotary Donates $30,000 For Nursing Scholarships At Collin College

Photos courtesy of Plano Rotary Club (From left) Kirk Bell, treasurer of the Plano Rotary Club, presents a check for $30,000 to Collin College Foundation Director Mary Frazier, Foundation Chairman of the Board of Directors Maher Maso and Collin College District President Cary Israel.

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(From left) Kirk Bell, treasurer of the Plano Rotary Club, presents a check for $30,000 to Collin College Foundation Director Mary Frazier, Foundation Chairman of the Board of Directors Maher Maso and Collin College District President Cary Israel.

February 23, 2011 – Thanks to many business leaders in Plano and their affiliation with the Plano Rotary Club, a generous donation has been given to ensure nursing students at Collin College secure their higher education degrees and work in the health care industry.  The civic organization recently donated $30,000 to the Collin College Foundation to establish a scholarship endowment that will award two scholarships annually.

“The Plano Rotary Club is proud to support nursing scholarships at Collin College.  By establishing this endowment, we believe we will be making a significant investment in the education of deserving students for many years to come. We are honored to begin this new alliance with Collin College,” said Kirk Bell, treasurer of the Plano Rotary Club.

According to Collin College President Cary Israel, the gift comes at a critical time. “The need for financial aid and scholarships is at an all-time high, and this fantastic gift from the Rotary Club will help when students need it the most,” Israel said. “Ten years ago, students at Collin College needed about $2.4 million in financial aid and scholarships annually. Last fall, that total surged past $45 million. With financial aid being reduced at the state and federal levels, the need is greater than ever. This gift shows the Plano Rotary Club’s commitment to higher education as it impacts Collin County.”

“As all of us know nursing and healthcare services are critical to all of us and there is a shortage of nurses,” said Mayor Maher Maso, chair of the Collin College Foundation Board of Directors. “At Collin College, we have one of the most excellent nursing programs with internships at several of our area hospitals. The Plano Rotary Club's generous donation will help ensure that students attending the nursing program will not be held back because of financial concerns. We are most grateful for their vision to support this critical area of higher education.”

For more information about the Collin College Foundation and giving opportunities, visit www.collin.edu/foundation or call 972.599.3145.

Collin College serves more than 51,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.

For more information about the Collin College Foundation, call 972.599.3145 or visit www.collin.edu/foundation.