Posted by Paul Anderson on Oct 03, 2018
Last week's meeting was at Shriner University in support of the Hill Country College Fund ("HCCF").  The fund is celebrating four decades of awarding student grants! 
Some quick facts about the HCCF (courtesy of the University's website:):
  • Our goal is to raise $625,000 this year to provide tuition grants for Hill Country students to attend Schreiner.
  • 100% of the money raised goes to scholarships for students with need in Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, and Real Counties.
  • With your help Schreiner makes college affordable by distributing nearly $11 million in financial aid each year.
Rotarians Jack Pratt (Current HCCF Campaign Chairman) and Marta Diffen (University Director of Development) were among those who addressed the crowd at the event:
Chairman Pratt mentioned that $11 million-plus each year is distributed in financial aide and mentioned the 2018 fundraising goal was $625,000.  He mentioned that the University expects to give more than 200 grants to approximately 15% of Schreiner's students!
Marta talked about being part of this effort that's grown over the past 40 years.  She emphasized that every gift counts and that the community's generosity enables student to say "Yes we can!"
Former HCCF scholarship recipient Frida de la Garza spoke to the crowd concerning her journey, and the support of the HCCF that made her dreams possible.  You can see her story, along with additional details of the event (courtesy of the Hill Country Community Journal), at .
To volunteer or for information about the HCCF campaign, call Johnson at 702-7204; or email her at
Donations may be made online at