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Lions learn about Navarro College history

The history and current affairs of Navarro College were the presentation topics at the Ennis Noon Lions Club meeting Wednesday where Dr. Tommy Stringer was the speaker.
Stringer, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, spoke about the college’s 60th anniversary, how the college started, how important scholarships are for Navarro students and the school’s fund-raiser, Elegance.
According to Stringer, Navarro College began, in part, due to the closing of World War II. Talk of a college starting in Corsicana began as early as 1929, but Black Tuesday and the ensuing Great Depression quickly derailed all hopes of a local campus.
Following World War II, as GIs were returning from the war and looking to get a higher education when not enough jobs were available for everyone, Stringer said the GI Bill benefits were allowing for college funds to be accessed and an abandoned military base in Corsicana was available, which opened the floor for talk of a new college once again.
Once approved, it only took two months for the campus to be put together and opened. The first semester’s attendance was 238 students, 44 of whom were women.
In the 60 years that have passed, Stringer said thousands of alumni have left Navarro College and are currently all over the world. Stringer stated he receives positive emails all the time from alumni about what a great school Navarro is and how it was the best two – or sometimes three – years of their lives.
“Navarro is a good bridge for higher education for students from small campuses,” said Stringer. “I hear over and over that Navarro is a student’s only shot at college.”
According to Stringer, the way so many of the small-town students get a chance to attend college is through Navarro’s scholarship program. He said scholarships are often memorials for loved ones, whether it is named after a parent or a child. The college receives all kinds of gifts, both monetary and tangible, in which it can use for its scholarship programs. Stringer said the college has received residential lots and vehicles to sell in order to raise money for potential students financial needs.
An upcoming Navarro College event is a fund-raiser on Feb. 24 called “Elegance.” Stringer said last year, the campus raised $90,000 with this black-tie event and they have already sold every seat for this year’s event.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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