Kingsville couple make donation to start new business scholarship
KINGSVILLE - April 12, 2007
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Best wants to give back to school where he, daughters received degrees
Shown from left are Dr. Robert Diersing, Dr. Jane Stanford,
Glenda Best, Tom Best, Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juarez.
Tom Best received his degree from Texas A&I University; two of his children earned degrees as Javelinas; and now Best is giving back to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the form of a new scholarship in the College of Business Administration.
Tom and his wife, Glenda, who also attended A&I, will give $100,000 to start the new scholarship. “We have been blessed and we feel it is our duty and our honor to share with others in the form of a scholarship that can be used for any student.”
"Tom and Glenda Best are long-time supporters of Texas A&M-Kingsville and are deeply committed to the community of Kingsville,” said Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, university president. “Their support of and active participation in the university's athletic programs, the President's Legacy Ball and other Kingsville community organizations are just a few of their contributions that have made a difference in our youth and the next generation of educated and productive citizens.
“This scholarship endowment to the College of Business Administration will be of great value to many students now and in the future. We are grateful and appreciative for their contributions and their commitment to Texas A&M-Kingsville."
This is not the first time the Bests have helped Kingsville and the surrounding area. They also have established The Best Family Scholarship now in its second year. The scholarship provides $20,000 per year for five years to students from area Baptist Churches to attend A&M-Kingsville.
The Bests are supporters of the Javelina Club, Glenda serves on the President’s Legacy Ball Committee and Tom was just appointed to the Cactus Bowl Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the First Community Bank, a Gold Legacy sponsor of the President’s Legacy Ball.
Tom is regional vice president of Basic Energy Services in Kingsville and Glenda and their daughter, Nichole Saenz, own the Cactus Flower boutique, also in Kingsville. Nichole has an agriculture degree from A&M-Kingsville the Best’s other daughter, Michelle, has a communications disorders degree. Their son, Beau, also attends A&M-Kingsville.
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