East Texas Baptist University received a check for $100,000 from the Fenton Motor Group on Thursday in Tyler to assist the 2013 graduates of West Rusk High School. Picture left to right: Fenton Motor Group Marketing Director Cassidy Prather; Chad Doan, General Manager, Fenton Motors of Tyler, Paul Manziel, General Manager, Fenton Honda of Longview; ETBU Vice President for University Advancement Catherine Crawford; and ETBU Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing Vince Blankenship. PHOTO: ETBU/Mike Midkiff.
MARSHALL, Texas (8/1/13)- East Texas Baptist University announces a major contribution of $100,000 by the Tyler based Fenton Motor Group to assist the 2013 graduates of West Rusk High School who will attend the upcoming fall semester. The donation was given in response to the fact funds did not materialize from a scholarship announcement made on May 29 at a West Rusk assembly that a benefactor would provide full scholarships to all 2013 and future graduates to attend ETBU.
ETBU has worked with each student to provide a scholarship package in order to assist them in attending. Over $125,000 in ETBU aid has been awarded to the West Rusk graduates for the 2013-2014 academic year. The gift by the Fenton Motor Group will significantly help toward the total cost for the 16 West Rusk students to attend ETBU.
"We are extremely grateful to Lance Fenton and the Fenton Motor Group for recognizing a need and stepping up to help these students,” said Vince Blankenship, ETBU Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing.
When it appeared the funds from the benefactor would not be in place by the tuition payment deadline, Matt Nerhling of Longview, created a Facebook page asking for donations for the West Rusk graduates. Nerhling contacted ETBU wanting to set up a donation account in order to give the public a way to help. Any individual, business, or group who would like to contribute to the West Rusk Scholarship fund may contact the University Advancement office at (903) 923-2069.
Fall classes at ETBU begin Monday, August 19 with freshmen move-in day on Thursday, August 15.