Alamo Colleges District Nets $2.445 Million Gift To Benefit Students at Its Greater Kerrville Center
a press conference today, the Alamo Colleges District announced a $2.445
million gift from noted philanthropist F. O’Neil Griffin to fund scholarships
and programs at the Alamo Colleges District Greater Kerrville Center.
Specifically, the gift provides $1,222,500 to be added to the Neil and Elaine
Griffin Foundation Endowed Kerrville Opportunity Scholarship, $500,000 for
renovating the Career and Technical Education Building at the center and
$722,500 to establish the Neil and Gena Griffin Endowed Excellence Fund that
will provide an ongoing stream of funds to strengthen programs, facilities and
operations at the center.
donation is the largest ever received by the Alamo Colleges Foundation.
Previously, Griffin donated $1.05 million in 2010 to establish The Neil and
Elaine Griffin Foundation Endowed Kerrville Opportunity Scholarship.
is a noted Kerrville business leader and charitable donor. He is the former
owner of the First National Bank of Kerrville, chairman and CEO of Mountain
Banks, Ltd., a multibank holding company, and former vice chairman of First
City Banccorporation, a multibank holding company. One of ten children born on
a farm in Osceola, Arkansas, Griffin served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and
earned his bachelors degree from Arkansas State University under the G.I. Bill,
followed by a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He has
also has made generous gifts to Peterson Regional Medical Center and Schreiner
University in Kerrville.
Greater Kerrville Center is located in the historic, former Tivy Education
Center at 1012 Barnett Street in Kerrville. The 19,000-square-foot facility
encompasses 11 state-of-the-art, multimedia classrooms, including two wet labs
for science classes and a nursing simulation lab. Two classrooms also have
video-conferencing capabilities to expand program offerings and to make
meetings more accessible. The facility was funded by a capital campaign that
raised $2.2 million. The Griffin Foundation also contributed the first $250,000
to the capital campaign.
center, which was originally housed at Hal Peterson Middle School, was made
possible through a partnership between The Alamo Colleges District and the
Kerrville Independent School District, supported by the Kerrville area
community. The center, the only non-private higher educational facility in the
area, began offering classes in fall 2008. The center provides access for
Kerrville area residents to associate degree courses, plus tuition-free, dual
credit courses for high school students and workforce training to help workers
attain the education and skills needed to meet to the workforce needs of the
its inception, the Kerrville center has enrolled 11,316 students. The Alamo
Colleges District - San Antonio College Licensed Vocational Nursing to
Associate Degree Nursing program is housed at the Kerrville center, which also
offers academic courses for transfer as well as technical programs in certified
nursing assistant, child development associate and welding.
are sincerely grateful to the Neil and Elaine Griffin Foundation for their
vision in providing this second, even more generous gift, which will make a
lasting difference in the lives of Kerrville area residents,” said Alamo
Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “We also are deeply appreciative of the
efforts of the Kerrville Independent School District and the Kerrville
community in helping us make this center a success,” he added.
Alamo Colleges District service area includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal,
Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr and Wilson counties.