Gregg Orr Auto donated two 2014 Kia Soul Exclaim vehicles to the Texarkana College Foundation at a ceremony today in front of the Career Education Center off College Drive. The cars, worth roughly $50,000, will serve as a teaching tool in Texarkana College’s Automotive Technology program.
Richard Conant, Gregg Orr Auto service manager, coordinated the vehicle donation, working closely with Chris Besser from Kia corporate. Conant and Besser, along with Larry Coker, Gregg Orr Auto President of Operations; Thomas Orr, Gregg Orr Auto Vice President of Operations; and David Ramsey, Gregg Orr Auto General Manager attended the ceremony. Kia corporate representatives Lyle Stursma, and Cor Valstar also attended the event.
The new Kia Souls are filled with top-of-the-line technology that will enable Texarkana College students in the automotive program to graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute and compete in the local job market.
The seventh $2,500 payment toward the William T. Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund was also presented today. The presentation took place in the lobby of the Texarkana College Administration Building at 2500 N. Robison Road. Trace Smith, son of William and Sue Smith presented the $2,500 check. With this donation, the scholarship will be close to $20,000 and rapidly reaching endowed status.
Once the scholarship is fully endowed, awards will provide greater access for female students who dream of returning to college to seek a better future.