Herschel and Betty Thomas have chosen to honor their son,
Terry Ray Thomas, by generously establishing a Kaskaskia College Foundation
Scholarship in his name. The scholarship
will assist business students in achieving their educational goals.
Terry Ray Thomas, like his father Herschel, was a veteran
and robust patriot, serving in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. Upon his discharge, he received a
commendation signed by General Westmoreland. After serving his country, Terry’s
occupations included accounting, management, and business proprietorship. One
of his business ventures was in the exterminating business, where he
successfully removed a fire ant threat from Fort Hood, Texas. He also successfully managed several Sherwin
Williams Paint Stores. He credited his
successes to understanding the principles of accounting and to treating all
individuals fairly and respectfully.
The following criteria are established for this award:
Recipient must be enrolled in a business education program
at Kaskaskia College, with priority given to applicants with an emphasis in
The award is for $1,000 annually which may be used for
tuition, fees, and textbooks.
The recipient must complete the year of study for which the
scholarship is awarded.
Acknowledgement must be made, by letter, from the recipient
to the Thomas family.
Herschel and Betty Thomas are great friends of Kaskaskia
College and have endowed a number of scholarships as well as donating to the
Veterans Tribute project on campus.