With 868 of its 2,091 students – 42 per cent – receiving financial aid, Galveston College had good reason to mark this year’s Financial Aid Month and its financial-aid staff’s efforts to do so were given a boost when second-year nursing students joined them to raise awareness of the community college’s national-award-winning Universal Access and other aid programs. Celebrating their success from left are nursing students Alex Regalado, Carrie Robbins and Lindsey Grisson, financial aid specialist Rachel Leyva and nursing students Michael Herndon, Caleb Lloyd and David Bailon. Photo courtesy Galveston College

Float took on a whole new meaning when the ladies of Dickinson’s Pilot Club used their nautical knowledge to show their support for people with special needs by setting sail to decorate a parade entry in Moody Gardens’ annual Mardi Gras Ball For Special People this month. On deck from left are club members Sandy McDermott, Sharon Mitchiner, Pat Candalari and Mary Martino, while peering from the port holes are Vangie Nava, Caroline Lightfoot and Amanda Rodriguez. – Photo courtesy Dickinson Pilot Club

Nico Copado, Daniel Buenrostro, Kelvin Zhou and Trevor Muir know a thing or two about health science and next month they’re off to Corpus Christi to prove it to their peers from around the state. The Texas City high-school students took third place in the area’s HOSA Bowl competition this month, an event organized by Health Occupations Students Of America, and qualified for the contest’s state finals in a huge win against Debakey high school for health professions, a magnet school that specializes in the science. – Photo courtesy TCISD

Shanael Evans took a big STEP when she joined University Of Houston-Clear Lake’s Success Through Education Programs, which prepares students to become teachers. But the Galveston resident’s move paid off when dean, Joan Pedro, left, presented her with a scholarship during the project’s spring kick-off lunch. The project, a collaboration between UHCL, five school districts and four community colleges, provides tips for academic success tips to the university’s faculty and staff.Photo courtesy UHCL

“Safety is no accident; you can’t be too safe and you need training and preparation” – so said Wayne Faircloth, the county’s district 23 Texas state representative, when Texas Mutual Insurance vice president Woody Hill handed a check for $100,000 to Gulf Coast Safety Institute director Cindy Lewis to commemorate her organization’s 18-year partnership with College Of The Mainland. The money will be used to fund safety workshops at the institute, which last year trained more than 800 safety professionals in 23 courses on 10 campuses, including COM’s. From left at the presentation are COM vice president Mary Ann Amelang, risk-management-center program assistant Sealice Hemphill, Lewis, COM vice president James Templer, Hill and Faircloth. – Photo courtesy COM