Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
December 19, 2011

The Hill Country College Fund needs you!

Kent McKinney is the president of Guadalupe State Bank and also volunteers as chairman of the Advanced Gifts Division of the Hill Country College Fund at Schreiner University. He believes that Schreiner is “one of the most valuable assets of our fine community. Having an institution of higher learning provides Kerrville and the Hill Country with significant benefits, including a substantial economic impact.

“An education is one of the most powerful influences in a person's life and as the dollars you donate get recirculated within our community, contributions to the Hill Country College Fund are doubly beneficial.”
Schreiner University’s Hill Country College Fund makes it possible for young people to get a college education they might otherwise have been unable to obtain. The 30-year-old fund annually provides 280 need-based scholarships to area students in Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble and Real counties. Schreiner staff members and several dozen volunteers work all year round to raise money that makes a big difference in the lives of young people just starting out in life.

One of those students is junior Derek Draper from Bandera, who plans to go on to medical school to become a cardiologist. Last summer, he volunteered with Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville.
Schreiner University junior Derek Draper Schreiner University junior Derek Draper, from Bandera, is one of many students helped by the University’s Hill Country College Fund. The fund annually provides 280 need-based scholarships in to students in Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble and Real counties who might otherwise have to forego a college education. Draper plans to go to medical school after graduating from Schreiner.
For more information about the HCCF or to find out how you can help, call 830-792-7204.
“When I visited Schreiner for the first time,” Draper said, “I knew this is where I needed to be to get closer to my goal of becoming a doctor.”
To date this year, the HCCF fundraising campaign has resulted in more than $360,000 in gifts and pledges, and they need your help to reach their goal of $560,000. Schreiner is a nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible and every penny of the money raised goes directly to scholarships.
Mike Lowe, of JM Lowe & Company, is the chairman of HCCF, ably backed up by his wife Laurie as vice-chairman.

“As an employer in the Hill Country, I recognize the importance of hiring educated young people,” Mike Lowe said. “Having a university here increases quality of life in the Hill Country. We know the importance of education and support scholarships to our schools.”

For more information about Schreiner’s Hill Country College Fund and how you can help, visit the website at, or call 830-792-7204.

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