The Mary Moody Northen Endowment recently announced a $5,000 gift to the newly established Galveston College Radiography Degree Stipend. The program is for graduating Radiography students and provides $250 to help pay the costs of national and state testing and licensure.
The Galveston College Office of Development received the endowment’s unanimous decision of support of the stipend appeal in a June 24 letter.
The Radiography Degree Stipend allows returning Radiography students to focus on graduating not struggling to come up with the fees needed to enable them to work.
Over 70 percent of Galveston College students juggle work and college. Twenty-four percent have dependent children at home. They work in industries that rely heavily on part-time labor, such as leisure, retail and hospitality. These island industries are hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.
In the spring, the Radiography Club raised funds to support May graduates of the program, as they faced $350 in bills for testing and fees. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic was causing disruptions in students’ finances as jobs were lost and family incomes cut.
In 2020-2021, graduating Radiography students will see that stress reduced. The $250 stipend will defray two-thirds of the testing and licensure costs for 20 students. The balance is the responsibility of the student.
The Mary Moody Northen Endowment is a Galveston philanthropy supporting community development efforts throughout the city since 1964.