Pioneer Days took place in New Boston over the weekend and it was a big success with a check presented to the Texarkana College Foundation.

According to Katie Andrus, Director of the Texarkana College Foundation:

At a check presentation on Friday, August 14, New Boston residents Vicky and Mike Sandefur made a commitment of $60,000 to the Texarkana College Foundation to support the College’s Presidential Scholarship opportunity for students from Bowie County’s West End. The presentation took place at the New Boston Pioneer Days Festival at 8 p.m., preceding the 8:30 p.m. concert featuring the Soul Tones.

Vicky Sandefur, who served as a local pastor with United Methodist Church, along with her husband, Mike Sandefur, an investment manager of commercial real estate, timber and land development, are dedicated to the advancement of our community by providing resources that enable students to reach their potential through affordable access to higher education.

“Mike and I first realized the potential of youth through our church, Red Bayou United Methodist Church. After seeing such promise, we knew we wanted to help their future,” said Vicky Sandefur.


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Since the successful annexation of Bowie County, New Boston and the West End have shown great support for Texarkana College. “We are all so thankful for the opportunity the scholarship has given us,” said Kristina Grider, New Boston High School graduate and Texarkana College student. “I’ve experienced so much personal attention. I feel like Texarkana College wants me to succeed.”

The Presidential Scholarship Program, paid for by the TC Foundation, allows top graduating high school seniors to attend Texarkana College tuition free for two years. Of the 88 Presidential Scholars for the 2015 school year, 36 are from West End schools. Current Presidential Scholars from the West End joined the Sandefurs on stage during Friday’s presentation.

For more information about the Texarkana College Foundation or to make a donation, please contact Katie Andrus at (903) 823-3125