On Wednesday, May 1, the Midland College (MC) Students in Philanthropy (SIP) organization
hosted the annual Grant Awards Ceremony in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner &
Brown Auditorium on the Main MC campus. This year, student members raised a total
of $15,962.75. The Abell Hanger Foundation provided an additional $10,000, and funds
totaling $25,962.75 were invested in 18 nonprofit agencies that do so much to serve
West Texas citizens.
The Midland College Students in Philanthropy program was established at Midland College
in 1997 by Abell Hanger Foundation to provide student leaders the opportunity to improve
the quality of life in the Midland community. In addition to Abell Hanger Foundation,
the organization is also supported by Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust, Pevehouse
Family Foundation and Warren Charitable Foundation.
Members learn the importance of philanthropy and the role of nonprofit organizations
in the community. Through the fund development and grant-making process, students
not only make needed contributions to nonprofit organizations, but also gain leadership
and stewardship training through structured curriculum designed to educate, support
and promote philanthropic leadership in the community.
Those organization receiving grants this year from the Midland College Students in
Philanthropy organization include Agape Counseling, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bynum
School, Centers for Children & Families, Communities in Schools, Family Promise, Jubilee
Center, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Midland Fair Havens, Midland Shared Spaces, Mission
Health Care, Permian Basin Be the Change, Recording Library of West Texas, Samaritan
Counseling Center, Sibley Environmental Learning Center, Teen F.L.O.W. Youth Ministries,
The Springboard Center and West Texas Food Bank. SIP members also presented Communities
in Schools with the Dr. David E. Daniel Agency Excellence Award and a $1,000 additional
Photo: Midland College 2018-2019 SIP members. Front row, pictured left to right:
Jordan Williams, Tatum Dotson, Reagan Fincher, Mariana Erazo, Evelynn S. Villarreal
and Idali Anchondo; second row, pictured left to right: Affan Ahmed, Krista Ceballos,
Crystal Rodriguez, Samantha Napoles, Melody Barraza, Kaizjanae Spencer, Hayley Jones
and Midland College SIP Coordinator Luz A. Lopez; back row pictured left to right
Lawson Bell and Jacob Edwards.