COM Foundation News – April 2024

COM Foundation provides donors with opportunities to significantly impact students of all ages.
Overcoming financial struggles brought on by a lack of higher education is at the heart of our mission.

 “. . . it is not about where you come from, or what you have been through, but it is about where you can go in life when you are given the opportunity to prosper.”

Brittany Stage, College of the Mainland Student Speaker

Brittany Stage, featured student speaker with Leighann Lord, guest comedian

Investing in Education:
One Day Can Change a Lifetime

The College of the Mainland (COM) Foundation held its fourth annual Educate a Woman “Laughs for Lunch” scholarship luncheon on March 22. The event is held every year to spotlight the unique challenges and achievements of female COM students, including juggling family and financial responsibilities, while meeting personal, educational, and professional goals. The college conference center was packed with donors, guests, and students, all there to celebrate and support our current and future female students. Over thirty corporations, foundations, and individuals provided event sponsorships, and many more donated items for a silent auction and made gifts.

COM Theatre students presented a dramatic performance of famous female voices as a nod to Women’s History Month. Comedian, writer, and actress, Leighann Lord, entertained with her signature brand of conversational wit and observations of humor in everyday living.

The highlight of the event was student speaker, Brittany Stage, who shared her personal story of overcoming tremendous struggles to improve her life and her children’s lives through her education. With scholarships from COM Foundation, Brittany continues to accomplish her educational goals. She attained her GED in 2018 and an associate degree in business administration in 2021. She is now earning her second associate degree in occupational safety and health, in order to continue in her chosen career in the construction industry.

As a donor, you help students like Brittany every year through your support of COM Foundation. This year’s event, raised over $64,000, which will provide more than 128 future student scholarships. We thank all of our donors for their unwavering dedication to the students of COM.

If you missed the event, we hope you’ll join us next year. In the meantime, it’s never too late to support more students like Brittany. Click the button below to contribute to this cause.

Our graduates say,


to you, our donors.

Your support.

Their success.

Thank you, Linde!

Leading global industrial gases and engineering company, Linde, has been a committed partner of COM Foundation since 2008.  Their generosity to our students throughout the years is recognized with a star on our Texas Stars wall of honor at the Mustang giving level ($50,000-$99-999).  Linde’s giving priorities for COM Foundation have been process technology scholarships, support of women in industry, and student emergency aid. In addition, Linde personnel participate in campus activities and foundation events throughout the school year, such as the recent “Women in Male-Dominated Careers” panel discussion, held on campus during Women’s History Month.  Anita Jones, HyCO Plant Manager, says,

“We at Linde believe strongly that part of our commitment to making the world more productive is making our communities more successful, more equitable and more resilient. We support, maintain and strengthen projects focused in the areas of the environment, diversity and education, community support and health. The Educate a Woman initiative at COM falls right in line with this commitment.”

Linde once again demonstrated their belief in the importance of giving back through a Magna Cum Laude sponsorship at our “Laughs for Lunch” event.  Because Linde invests in our community and our students, the world is a better place!

Welcome to our new partners!

Thank you to planning, engineering, and program management firm, Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, Inc. (LAN), who provided a sponsorship for the Educate a Woman “Laughs for Lunch” event at the Magna Cum Laude level. LAN is currently serving College of the Mainland by providing project management services to oversee new campus improvements funded by the 2023 taxpayer-approved bond. 

Advancing the quality of life in the communities LAN serves is their priority–demonstrated by an emphasis on increasing impact for local organizations and employee volunteer efforts in areas of education, community improvement, and the environment.  Paula Drnevich, Program Manager said,

“LAN is proud to support the College of the Mainland Foundation because we believe in empowering our community through education. By investing in scholarships, we’re not just supporting students; we’re fostering a future where higher education and workforce training are accessible to all.”

Because of LAN’s support, the future of COM’s students is bright!

COM Foundation welcomes bulk liquid storage facilities company, BWC Terminals, as a new COM Foundation corporate partner. For over 60 years, BWC Terminals has provided bulk liquid storage solutions for a wide range of liquid products including renewable fuels, chemicals, and petroleum products. Shane Long, terminal manager of BWC Terminals shares his thoughts on this new partnership.  

“Through education, women can achieve personal growth and become catalysts of change in their families and communities. BWC Terminals is honored to sponsor the College of Mainland’s Educate a Woman initiative and celebrate the increasing number of women entering the energy workforce.”

BWC Terminals is committed to service through social responsibility, and their community service activities encourage healthy living for all, support of children and families in need, and education for a culture of inclusion.  We celebrate their sponsorship of our “Laughs for Lunch” event and thank them for their enthusiastic support of our Educate a Woman scholarship program. Welcome, BWC Terminals!

No matter how you choose to give, your generosity will directly benefit College of the Mainland students.

Student Donor Luncheon 2024

On April 11th, COM Foundation hosted their annual Student Donor Luncheon. This event is a great opportunity for students and donors to meet, enjoy lunch, and hear from guest speakers. This year’s speakers included Chris DeVries (COM Foundation Board of Directors, Vice President) and Adrian Castaneda (Collegiate High School student and COM Foundation multi-scholarship recipient). Adrian has received 3 different scholarships throughout his time at COM. He will graduate on May 11, 2024, with an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration-Management.

COM Foundation News – February 2024

COM Foundation provides donors with opportunities to significantly impact students of all ages.

Overcoming financial struggles brought on by a lack of higher education is at the heart of our mission.

Mitchell Chuoke Jr. Plumbing Program

The family and friends of Mitchell Chuoke Jr. gathered with COM administration to unveil its new plumbing certificate training program during a special ceremony for the Mitchell Chuoke Jr. Plumbing Program on Wednesday, November 29.

Learn more about College of the Mainland and its offerings on the school’s main website.