The Midland College (MC) Students in Philanthropy (SIP) organization held its 18th
Annual Commissioning Ceremony on Monday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Scharbauer
Student Center Carrasco Room on the MC main campus. Keynote speaker was Helga Hoban,
program officer of Abell-Hanger Foundation.
2019-2020 Midland College SIP members are Eaden Arriola (service leader), Abigail
Baeza, Lawson Bell (vice president), Bianca Castaneda (treasurer), Jacob Edwards (president),
Mariana Erazo (historian), Sydni Holder (secretary), Ashaunna Johnson, Kaden Kirkland,
Jennifer Lujan, Ngun Men, Samantha Napoles (service leader), Analyza Reyes, Erica
Rivera, Bernice Slaboh (historian) and Jordan Williams.
The SIP Scholarship Program is an in-depth leadership training scholarship program
in which student members learn about the importance of philanthropy and the role of
nonprofit organizations in the community. Through the fundraising and grant-making
process, students not only make needed contributions to nonprofit organizations, but
also gain leadership and stewardship training through a structured program designed
to educate, support and promote philanthropic leadership in the community.
The program is supported by Abell-Hanger Foundation. The foundation matches student
fundraising efforts in order to award grants to nonprofit organizations. Other sponsors
of the program include Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust, Pevehouse Family Foundation
and Warren Charitable Foundation.
Students raise funds in a variety of ways, one of which will be a Frito Pie Chili
Supper, silent auction and hayrides to be held in conjunction with MC’s Holiday Evening
on Thursday, December 5.
Photo: 2019-2020 MC Students in Philanthropy Vice President Lawson Bell lights candle
during commissioning ceremony.