Pay it forward is the not so unique concept of repaying kindnesses; when something good happens to you, you in turn do something nice for someone else. Something remarkably generous has been given to the Maysville Community and Technical College Foundation for the benefit of Robertson County students. Two incredible and insightful people have made a gift that will be life altering for these young men and women and the community.
During the fall, Nelson and Pauline Hester contacted the foundation office to discuss their plans to make an endowed gift with income to be used to provide scholarships and aid to Robertson County students. The Hesters directed awards to be made based on financial need and merit for students to attend the college or university of their choice.
The final papers were signed, and on December 21, 2011, the MCTC foundation became the recipient of the largest one-time cash gift ever received by the foundation. The first scholarships will be awarded to members of the Deming High School graduating class of 2013. The impact of a gift of this magnitude is magnificent and far reaching, said Cara Clarke, MCTC foundation executive director. The Hesters are amazingly kind and genuine people. They truly care about the students and harbor a deep love for Robertson County.
Superintendent Chuck Brown said about the gift, Our students are very fortunate to have such a generous benefactor. This new scholarship opportunity, combined with others already available to Robertson County students, will allow every one of our graduates who wish to further their education to have a sizeable portion of their higher education paid for. This is a great opportunity for our graduates. Incidentally, this is not the first time our district has benefitted from the Hesters generosity. A few years ago, they made a sizeable donation to the districts capital projects fund. That gift will be recognized as part of our new building.
When asked what led them to create the Nelson and Pauline Hester Robertson County Community Enrichment Scholarship Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Hester said, We are very lucky to have the means to be able to extend opportunities to the students of Robertson County. We wanted to create something that will have a long lasting impact. Nelson, a 1950 graduate of Deming High School, later served in the Navy. He worked for electronics companies on the west coast and 23 years at Hewlett Packard before retiring in 1990. He speaks fondly of his father, Paul Nelson Hester, who, though he had only an 8th grade education, served on the Robertson County Board of Education for 22 years. This gift will be a testament to his loyalty to the school and dedicated service to education, as well.
When asked about the Hesters gift, MCTC President Ed Story said, Through the benevolent gift from the Hester family many lives will be touched in Robertson County. Dreams and goals will be achieved and this family leaves a legacy that will change the lives of students for years to come. Our college says, Thank you, for your generosity.
Now the charge is to the young men and women of Robertson County: Pay it forward by furthering your education and bettering yourselves and your community. Someday you too can assist the next generation and generations to come.
For more information contact Cara Clarke at (606) 759-7141, ext. 66176.