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BC Foundation assists more than 200 students through storm relief fund

BC Foundation assists more than 200 students through storm relief fund

Tue Oct 17, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and the flooding resulting from the storm devastated families throughout the Gulf Coast, including Brazoria County. Many within the Brazosport College family were affected from the storm, as well.

In response to the disaster, the Brazosport College Foundation set up an emergency relief fund to help affected students, faculty and staff members with the long rebuilding process.

To date, the BC Foundation has raised $41,823.72, with an additional $27,500 being added by the BC Foundation from grants and its general scholarship fund. Of the total funds raised, the BC Foundation has disbursed more than $50,000 in the form of scholarships, funding for textbooks, food vouchers, childcare expenses and gift cards for gas and groceries.

Overall, the BC Foundation has assisted 203 students and 10 employees.

“The response from the community has been amazing,” said Serena Andrews, Brazosport College Vice President, College Advancement. “Many of our students would not have been able to continue at BC this semester without the financial assistance. I would like to personally thank organizations and individual donors who supported the relief efforts.”

The College aided disaster relief efforts in other ways, as well, including students from the Psi Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Brazosport College assisting at the Houston Food Bank.

The College also created and managed the website, www.brazosport.edu/harvey, during the closure to provide information and answer questions. The site, which is still active and updated as needed, contains not only information concerning the College, but also serves as a resource for Brazoria County disaster contact and recovery information.

The BC Foundation is still accepting funds through its Harvey Relief Fund, with donations going toward BC students, faculty and staff who have faced unforeseen hardships from Hurricane Harvey. 

For more information, visit the Brazosport College home page at www.brazosport.edu. Donations can be made at the “Harvey Relief Fund for the BC Family” link.