Retiring TCC Dean Establishes Fine Arts Scholarship

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 26, 2011)

Tarrant County College students studying fine arts will have a new option to help pay for their studies with the establishment of the Mike Matthews Endowed Fine Arts Scholarship.

Matthews, Northwest Campus dean of humanities has endowed the $30,000 scholarship with a portion of his retirement under TCC’s Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan. Matthews, who joined TCC in 1970 as a full-time English professor on Northeast Campus, said the offer provided “an incredible opportunity to retire and to leave a legacy for students at a College that has provided me with a meaningful career as a professor and administrator.”

The scholarship will increase TCC’s ability to compete for top students who otherwise would miss the benefits of the College’s outstanding fine arts professors, programs and facilities, Matthews said. The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2012-13 academic year and will be administered by the Tarrant County College Foundation.

“This is such a fabulous act of generosity,” said Foundation Executive Director Joe McIntosh. “Mike’s work and legacy of support and encouragement for students will continue for years and years to come through this endowed scholarship.”

The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization classified under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Governed by a volunteer board of directors since 1988, TCCF supports the comprehensive mission of Tarrant County College, providing affordable and open access to quality teaching and learning.

More information about TCCF is available at To learn how to establish a scholarship with the TCC Foundation, please contact Donor Relations Officer Liz Sisk at or at 817-515-5277.

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