TSTC presented with $75,000 scholarship check

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JOSEPH GRANT
Lead Staff Reporter

On Friday, October 20, there was a special ceremony held at TSTC. Eduardo Montich, President of EMA Electromechanics was on hand to donate $75,000 to Texas State Technical College. The donation brings EMA contributions to the West Texas campus to a total of $150,000.
"We want to give back to them for what they do for us," said EMA Manager Gabriel Acosta. "The way we see it is that we enjoy freedom in the U.S. because of their efforts."
Since 2015, 36 veterans have benefited from the Sweetwater Veteran's Funds for College Education. TSTC currently serves 68 veterans across its four West Texas campuses.
The gift funds an account called Sweetwater Veteran's Funds for College Education, which was established in 2015 when EMA gave the first gift of $75,000. Funds will go toward helping veterans complete their technical training at the college's West Texas campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater.
EMA created the account as a way to honor local West Texas veterans.
EMA hopes the gift will ease the transition veterans face when returning from service.
“Good morning. This is a great day for TSTC and EMA….” Rick Denbow, interim provost began the proceedings. “We are so excited, we want to welcome you to TSTC. I want to welcome you to the check presentation. This is really a red-letter day for both of our organizations. We are very appreciative of EMA. Relationships like these not only strengthen TSTC, but bolster our students and community as well. I’d like to recognize Lauren Decker from Congressman Jodey Arrington’s office is here and we appreciate you coming and Mr. JV Martin, TSTC Board of Regents from West Texas is here and we appreciate that. What I’d like to do is get Ken Becker up here to give you an overview of how EMA came to Sweetwater.”
Ken Becker then took the podium. “Thank you sir, almost ten years ago in about three weeks, I was in Southern California. I happened to bump into a guy named Eduardo who had been looking for a place in the United States to start his business. I told him that he didn’t need to look any more, because not Sweetwater was the place.
When I heard that the donation was coming, it was a little bit of a surprise, but obviously it was not surprising. John who was the chairman of SEED at that time, he and I in 2009 went down to Argentina and met with Eduardo and we saw a culture and John and I are really big on culture and we really liked that culture. But I think the trip itself did much more than just that. We found about the character of the man. The character of the man is obviously why we are all here today. Because as good as it is to bring companies in, we have to bring in companies that are good. Eduardo and his company are really good. It’s a great opportunity for us and one thing we’ve learned from Eduardo is that if Eduardo says something, he does it. No questions asked. So, thank you for being here. Thank you for the opportunity we’ve had to bring you to Sweetwater, Texas. As you’ve learned, Sweetwater Texas is the place to be and we’re glad you’re here.” Becker said, ending his speech.
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