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Scholarship fund pays it forward by jump starting education

Submitted by Karl and Beth Hittle

In 2015, my wife Beth and I created the Karl and Beth Hittle Scholarship Fund with the New Braunfels Area Community Foundation.

We love New Braunfels, and we wanted to give back to the community while promoting education.

It was a way for us to give back to the community we love and assist those interested in bettering themselves through education. We believe education is one key to being successful in almost any career.

We visited with Brit King, NBACF President/CEO, and set up a scholarship fund with parameters that were important to us.

The Hittle scholarship is unique in its criteria.

It is open to students who have graduated from New Braunfels or Canyon High School; have a good grade point average; and have been accepted to Texas Tech University, an accredited seminary or a trade school.

It made sense to us to support our alma mater, as well as anyone interested in ministry or anyone interested in learning a trade.

Beth is a third-generation graduate from Texas Tech University. I am also a Texas Tech graduate. Our daughter and son-in-law are more recent graduates.

We enjoy the award process each year.

Past recipients have included Tori Pencsak (2016) and Ashley Newsome (2017).

We continued to grow the fund after creating it; and in 2018, we were able to award two $1,000 scholarships. The 2018 recipients were Adyson Lincoln and Blake Fain.

“I feel honored,” Adyson wrote in a thank-you letter.

Adyson said her dad was a Texas Tech graduate, and her parents met in Lubbock. She plans to study psychology at Texas Tech, with long-term plans to earn a master’s degree in educational psychology.

“Growing up, my dad always told me stories about his work in mental health and with “at risk” students at school,” Adyson wrote. “My mom is also a teacher . . . When it came time to choose a college and a major, naturally, I wanted to follow in their footsteps.”

Blake will be attending Texas Tech University in the fall with plans to study physical therapy.

“I appreciate what you do for students and the community,” Blake wrote.

“After experiencing a serious sports injury during my junior year, I was treated by a team of medical professionals including an outstanding physical therapist at New Braunfels Sports and Spine. They have inspired me to combine my love of sports, science, and business to become a physical therapist. I plan to establish my own practice specializing in working with athletes of all ages,” Blake wrote.

Setting up the scholarship fund was an easy and enjoyable process. NBACF manages the fund, and a team of volunteer evaluators score applications. As donors, we stay involved and are able to change the criteria and amounts, if applicable, in the future.

If you have an interest in paying it forward by supporting education, Beth and I would encourage you to consider setting up a scholarship fund with NBACF. They will work with you to create a fund with the criteria that are important to you.