The Thomas Challenge

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- One local doctor is helping Austin College students reach their goals. Dr. Ray Thomas is sponsoring what is known as the Thomas Challenge Scholarship Program. Stephanie Brletic explains.

Dr. Thomas and his wife are both proud Austin College alumni, so when the vice president for institutional advancement approached them about the Scholarship Challenge, they jumped at the chance.

The Thomas Challenge is a challenge to local people and businesses to put up the money for a four-year scholarship at Austin College. As an incentive, Dr. Thomas will pay $2,000 of the pledge amount during the first year. Plus, the school will double the donation amount over all four years.

Austin College representatives say getting one of these scholarships will likely make the difference between a student being able to attend the college or not.

"These are not a bunch of rich kids. The vast majority of students who get these scholarships are not only meritorious, but are in financial need, and it will help them that way,” Jim Lewis at Austin College says.

Dr. Thomas and Mr. Lewis both hope the challenge will lead to opportunity for the students as well as lasting relationships between the donor and recipient.

Scholarship money will be given out at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year.

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  • by WOW Location: Dallas on Jan 10, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    Wow...I attended AC and could honestly say that Sherman would be nothing more than a broken meth-town without Austin College. By tearing down those houses and building the campus, the school is attracting more students and economy to the area. Do you honestly think that its a coincidence that all of those new stores, restaurants and attractions are being built throughout the area especiallyoff of I-75? Im pretty sure that if AC wasnt in Sherman, then Sherman would only be a place to stop and take a piss on the way to Oklahoma from Dallas.
  • by Anonymous Location: Central Texas on Jan 9, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    Austin College is one of the academic gems in the state of Texas and Sherman should be counting its blessings it is located there. Without AC, Sherman would dive even further into economic and cultural oblivion. As an alumnus of the school I can say first hand that many of my friends and classmates who attended with me had no more money than what "AC SUX" probably makes off his or her marijuana sales. Because of generous donors students are able to attend AC, sometimes free of charge and always with a significant subsidy and go from there to benefit their communities. Local investments in Austin College are a wise plan for the city of Sherman.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    Its amazing that someone such as "I Agree" could post below with, apparently, such a limited ability to read. His "rich kids" comment is already addressed in the article above. However, at least that comment doesnt display the ignorance of simple economics that "ACSux" has shown. Perhaps if they had spent less time sniffing glue, and more time getting their GED, they could be more productive members of society. When community leaders go out of their way to try to improve the lives of others, its a shame that some just like to tear them down. Kudos to Dr. Thomas!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    If they're refering to the new entrance to the school that was built last year, no houses were torn down to build it. It was built on the site of the old dorm that was torn down due to black mold. The only houses being torn down in the area are decided upon by the city because they are fire hazards or are in extreme disrepair.
  • by I Agree Location: Sherman on Dec 31, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    How much is a 4 year scholarship to AC? You practically have to be rich to attend. Why would I cough up money for some rich person's rich kid to go to AC? It would be like donating money to Britney Spears child custody battle.
  • by Anonymous Location: Las Cruces, NM on Dec 31, 2007 at 11:37 AM
    That is an ignorant statement if I ever saw one! AC is one of the nest colleges for helping students receieve some type if financial aid whether it be from grants or scholarships. And they actually improve upon the city of Sherman by helping provide numerous jobs for the community. And many of AC's alumni choose to stay in the area to give back to the community that gave so much to them! Basing your opinion of all of AC's students and professors off of simply a few examples is exercising very poor judgement! Shame on you!
  • by ACSUX Location: Sherman on Dec 31, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    These bloodsucker of our community have taken MILLIONS of dollars off the tax rolls by buying and tearing down houses so that they can have 'green space', they have destroyed the neighborhoods around the college, have got a bunch of spoiled brats for students, arrogant professors, and they STILL try to suck more money from the victims/citizens of Sherman????? When will it stop...
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