Herchel and Betty Thomas Establish the Terry Ray Thomas Annual Alumni Memorial Scholarship

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 accounting.


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.​

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