Noted local philanthropist and KC alumnus Mike Clements has graciously gifted $630,000 to the Kilgore College Foundation to create 40 individual student scholarships.

These new scholarships are available through the KC Foundation, providing financial assistance to students in need.

Clements, owner of Energy Weldfab, has a long and proud partnership with the college that began in 1974 when Mike met his late wife, Amy, while attending classes at KC.

“I’m blessed to be in a situation where I am able to give back to change students’ lives, one student at a time,” Clements said.

Energy Weldfab’s success has been a tool that has allowed Clements to support and give generously to charities and organizations that serve local communities and others.

“We are beyond grateful to Mike for this gift,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, KC President. “His generous and selfless gifts allow countless students the opportunity to attend college who otherwise might not have been able to. The legacy he is creating increases access to college for generations of students to come.”

In the early 2000’s Mike and Amy collaborated with programs throughout KC to begin what has been a tremendous relationship between his family and the college.

“Mike and his late wife Amy are proof of the success we hope the Kilgore College experience will engender in all of our students and the example set by this magnificent gift will hopefully inspire others to give back,” said Ken Raney, president of the KC Foundation. “We are proud of you and we are grateful.”

For information on KC scholarships, visit www.kilgore.edu/scholarships.

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