The Carthage Walmart has awarded a $1,000 grant to support Panola College scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, announced the grant and said this is the second year in a row the local Walmart has supported the College through the grant program.
“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” Pace said. “With the economic hardships resulting from the pandemic, our students need additional financial support provided through scholarships.”
Walmart grants support and strengthen the local communities they serve, and Walmart employees enhance the program through local giving, volunteerism, and other philanthropic activities.
Panola College students may apply for scholarships offered through fine arts or athletic departments. In addition, 142 scholarships have been endowed by the generosity of alumni and friends of Panola College. Endowed scholarships are awarded annually based on financial need, academic standing, and participation in campus programs.
“There is a misconception about community college funding,” Pace said. “State funding for community colleges has dropped to less than 30 percent of the college budget. We rely on private donations to help students complete their education, strengthen our academic programs, and provide faculty members with additional teaching tools.”
To find out more, contact the Department of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, 903-693-2029.