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NMJC Foundation Receives Generous Donation

NMJC Foundation Receives Generous Donation photo 11/17/2006 1:06:42 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. November 16th is a day that the New Mexico Junior College Foundation will not forget any time soon. On that day, the Woman's Civic Club of Hobbs presented the Foundation with a whopping $90,000 endowment for scholarships to be used for nontraditional female students.

The Club's president, Betty Cathey, along with ten other members, presented a facsimile check to Jennifer Jordon, Executive Director of the Foundation; Dan Socolofsky, Foundation Board President; and Dr. Steve McCleery, NMJC President, at the Club's location at 1776 N. Turner in Hobbs. The majority of the gift stemmed from the sale of the building, which was recently sold to the Lea County Republican Party, which will let the Club continue to meet in the facility in the Mabel Maddox Room.

Club members in attendance for the presentation included Ann Batson, Ruth Bullock, Betty Campbell, Betty Cathey, Irene Greenshaw, Anne Headstream, Nancy Kipple, Doris Lain, Michelle LaBree, Joanne Steinert, Lois Teller, Charlene Valette, and Helen Wilson.

The endowment will continue a tradition started in 1991, when the Club awarded four annual $250 scholarships to nontraditional female students to attend NMJC or College of the Southwest. According to Jordon, because only the interest earned from the donation will be used for scholarships, the original $90,000 will never be touched. And that, she insists, will make a huge difference for many years to come in the lives of deserving women who might not otherwise be able to attend college. "We are extremely grateful for this gift, and we can't wait to get it listed in our scholarship application," she said.

President McCleery agreed. "The Hobbs Woman's Civic Club has been making a difference in this community since its inception, and with the establishment of this scholarship fund, they will be making a difference many years from now," he said. "They have given scholarships to NMJC since the early 90's, and this is something they wanted to do to continue making a difference."

The Club's legacy of "making a difference" began in 1936, the year the group was founded. After growing to approximately 350 members throughout the years, the group has dwindled to less than 30, with some of the members currently in nursing homes. During the 70 years the group has existed, it has provided numerous philanthropic gifts to various community organizations such as the Salvation Army, Palmer Drug Abuse Program, Newspapers in Education, Hobbs High Senior Bash, and LEADERS.

"This [gift] continues a great tradition of serving women in the community," said Socolofsky. And considering the generosity of the gift and its donors, it will offer life-changing hope to many women for a very long time to come.

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