Gulf Coast Growth Ventures announces new round of scholarships for DMC students

Tue Jan 29, 2019

Of the $60,000, full scholarships of $2,000 may be awarded to DMC students taking nine or more credit hours, and partial scholarships to those taking three to eight hours, according to GCGV. Eligible students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

Preference will be given to students from San Patricio County; specifically, those from Gregory, Portland, Ingleside and Taft.

GCGV, a joint venture between ExxonMobil and SABIC, is building an ethylene production plant on a 1,300-acre site in San Patricio County. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2021, and it will generate 600 permanent operating jobs with an average salary of $90,000 per year.

While scholarship recipients are not guaranteed employment with the project after they graduate, they will have a competitive advantage because of their scholarship award.

“The program, faculty and facility at Del Mar College are impressive,” Guilfoyle said. “We look forward to continuing our partnership to align curriculum to ensure Del Mar students are prepared for the high-quality, good-paying careers we will have at our plant.”

This is GCGV’s latest investment in DMC’s workforce training programs. Last August, it donated $100,000 to the San Patricio County Workforce Development Consortium to support DMC’s career and technical education programs in the county’s high schools. And in February 2018, it awarded $54,000 in scholarships to 17 DMC Process Technology majors.

“The scholarship was a blessing because it enabled me to take the classes I needed and finish my degree,” said Kimberly Tagle, one of the 17 recipients who has since graduated with an associate’s degree in Process Technology. “Before, I wasn’t very confident about myself. But now, I think I have the skills to get hired.”

Before she enters the workforce, Tagle decided to pursue a second associate’s degree in Environmental/Petrochemical Lab Technology to make herself even more marketable, she said. She plans to graduate next year.

Last year’s scholarships from GCGV were also a blessing for Romeo Lascano, Jr.

“I’m in my mid 40s, so juggling work, school and being a parent was a challenge,” said Lascano, a Process Technology graduate. “The scholarship was a big help. It validated all the hard work and late nights studying.”

Lascano offered a bit of advice to students who will benefit from the latest round of GCGV scholarships.

“Nothing is impossible if you’re committed to achieving it,” he said. “Don’t ever give up.”