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Career Connect EMT - Ball High and Galveston College

Moody Foundation awards funds for Galveston Career Connect and other educational programs

The Moody Foundation approved a $12,955,472 commitment in Generation Moody grants May 14 to seven grant recipients, the second and largest round of grants to date. Generation Moody launched earlier this year with the vision of creating “cradle-to-career” support by providing exceptional resources and opportunities to guide Galveston Island students through their entire educational journey. Together, the two rounds of grants total more than $21 million.

“Galveston will always be special to the Moody family, and Generation Moody is a long-term investment in the Galveston community,” said Ross R. Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation and CEO of National Western Life Group. “Generation Moody helps give students the chance to further their learning and growing beyond the classroom toward academic, and ultimately career, success.”

The first Generation Moody grants primarily focused on evolving Galveston ISD’s 5-year summer and after-school programs and scaling up professional development programs. Professional development offered through Generation Moody grants is available not only to grant recipient schools, but also to employees of peer schools, representing a new level of collaboration.

The grants announced May 14 continue to focus on those areas while also funding professional development for social emotional learning and specific dual-credit expenses for secondary and Galveston College students, for courses included in Galveston Career Connect.

“The Moody Foundation is dedicated to Galveston’s future, and that future begins with children and their education,” said Frances Moody-Dahlberg, chairman and executive director of the Moody Foundation. “Through Generation Moody, Galveston is uniting around students to create a stronger community with more opportunity for every child.”

Generation Moody grants support nonprofit organizations that are focused on student achievement in areas such as literacy, science, technology and math. Today’s grant recipients include:

  • Ambassadors Preparatory Academy
  • Galveston Children’s Museum
  • Holy Family Catholic School
  • Nia Cultural Center, Inc.
  • Upward Hope Academy
  • Causeway Galveston
  • Galveston Career Connect

“Generation Moody connects longstanding Moody Foundation projects like the Moody Scholars program and more recent Moody Early Childhood Education Center to fully support a child’s educational development,” said Angela Blair, director of education for the Moody Foundation. “Along with the recent Galveston ISD bond passing to fund repairs on aging GISD schools, we’re excited to see the island education community coming together to support Galveston youth from ‘cradle to career.'”

About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody in 1942 to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, the Moody Foundation has made more than $1.5 billion in grants throughout the state to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured and inspired generations of Texans. Learn more at MoodyF.org.

Galveston College student is 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Oberndorf Scholar


Lakee Babineaux, a sophomore at Galveston College, has been named a 2017 Oberndorf Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has received a $1,000 scholarship.


The Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the first college credential, an associate degree or certificate, while enrolled in the two-year college. Babineaux is one of seven students selected internationally to receive the award.


The scholarship is named for its benefactors, Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf. Lou Oberndorf co-founded METI, a world leader in medical education technology whose products are used in many community colleges as well as in the world’s leading medical schools. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation’s Board of Trustees.


Up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships are awarded annually, with scholars selected in both the fall and spring each year.


“Without a doubt, the Oberndorf Scholarship has a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students, making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “We are grateful to the Oberndorf family for their commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals.”


A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Babineaux plans to transfer to the University of Houston-Clear Lake to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work after completing her associate degree at Galveston College. She is currently vice president of the Galveston College Phi Theta Kappa chapter.


“I would love to have a career in geriatric social work,” Babineaux said. “There are many programs for children and families; however, we don’t have as many programs for our elderly. I look forward to helping to make a difference.”


Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.


Students may apply now for the next round of Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships at https://www.ptk.org/Default.aspx?TabID=3755.


Lakee Babineaux, pictured with Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, has been named a 2017 Oberndorf Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has received a $1,000 scholarship.


UnGala II Cabaret Au Lapin Agile – No Regrets Paris

Galveston College’s UnGala II Cabaret Au Lapin Agile-No Regrets Paris will thrill Islanders and near-Islanders alike on Saturday, October 14 at Galveston College. The event is planned for the College’s main campus in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m.

The magnificent Music Box Theater-Houston, professional performing arts troupe will perform custom-tailored music and comedy for the lucky 200 ticket holders who purchase tickets.  It will be a “Port of Possibilities” songfest in almost every language ever spoken on Galveston Island and a few bawdy sea shanties for good measure.

The troupe will entertain with songs from the powerful contemporary musical Hamilton and other great American theatrical scores. Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks, inarguably the most romantic haute cuisine on the Island, at renowned Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center will provide this year’s unequaled dining experience. Galveston College Culinary Arts students will work closely with master chefs for the College event. The UnGala Planning Group holds secrets close but there is a Cityscape and Country Day venue starting along about dusk plus entertainment and great food. And maybe a live auction trip or two to places that Francophiles love! Quebec? Montreal? New Orleans? Or even a Mediterranean cruise?

UnGala II is dedicated in memory of Galveston College Regent, George Black. Black was a powerful champion for the College’s upcoming Nursing and Health Sciences Building. This fundraiser is being held in honor of his generous heart and loving spirit.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please call the Development Office at 409-944-1303 or 409-944-1306. You may also call the College’s Business Office at 409-944-1362.

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"No Regrets" Level5000.00 USDIncludes seating for 8 at table.  Includes 2 bottles of wine.  Organization featured on and linked to Development/Foundation & Grants website.  Featured on social media sites.  Mentioned in UnGala-related communication with Chamber of Commerce and all media outlets.  Full-Page Column in Program
"Agile Rabbit" Level2500.00 USDIncludes seating for 8 at table.  Includes bottle of wine.  Organization featured on and linked to Development/Foundation & Grants website.  Featured on social media sites.  Mentioned in UnGala-related communication with Chamber of Commerce and all media outlets.  Half-Page Mention in Program