Victoria College Foundation Executive Director Amy Mundy was a first-generation college student after she graduated from Victoria High School.
One of Amy Mundy’s proudest moments as executive director of the Victoria College Foundation came about a year ago in the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Crossroads.
Fall 2017 classes had just begun at Victoria College when Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast. Many VC students were facing the harsh reality of dropping their classes as they and their families recovered from the storm’s aftereffects. VC employees, many of whom went over a week without electricity, were also reeling from Harvey’s devastation.
“That’s when the Victoria College Foundation partnered with VC’s Advising & Counseling Services and Human Resources departments to establish a process to assist our employees and students,” Mundy said.
The Victoria College Foundation provided emergency assistance to 69 students in the amount of $15,108.29. A total of 47 VC employees received $10,575 in aid. Twenty-four students received a combined $11,341 in additional scholarships. The total amount of emergency aid provided by the VC Foundation was $37,024.
“The acts of kindness, the volunteers, our donors, and the sheer determination of our students to power through the semester was a true testament of how our college and community can work together to assist those in need,” Mundy said. “What we experienced through this process will have a lasting impact. Our hope is that we were able to have a little bit of that effect on those we helped.”
Mundy’s connection with Victoria College began straight out of Victoria High School when she attended VC as a first-generation college student.
“Then I got married,” Mundy said. “I didn’t want to wait until I got out of college. I was young. I was in love. I wanted to go on this great, big adventure.”
Mundy’s husband, Arron, was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and their marriage began at Camp Leheune, N.C. In January 1998, the couple had their first child, John, while Arron was overseas.
“Having a child while my husband was away really had an impact on me,” Mundy said. “You hope and pray nothing happens, but you never know. It made me realize how important it was to be able to provide for our child. Getting a job without an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or training after high school is really hard.
“When we moved back to Victoria, I immediately decided to go back to Victoria College. Being able to go to school in my hometown and have my family there to help me out as a young mother made a big difference for me.”
Mundy transferred to the University of Houston-Victoria, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree while majoring in psychology. She worked as UHV’s director of corporate and foundation relations before joining the Victoria College Foundation as executive director in January 2013.
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Victoria College Foundation is able to provide much-needed scholarship support for our students. In addition, we help to create innovative instruction by providing faculty with the latest technology and equipment,” Mundy said.
Mundy said Victoria College’s impact on the Crossroads is greater than ever.
“Victoria College plays a huge role in all the communities we serve,” Mundy said. “We provide students the education and training to be successful in the workforce and provide a better live for their families. Investing in Victoria College is investing in our community.”
Mundy recently announced that the Victoria College Foundation has awarded over $920,000 in scholarships and assistance to 1,244 students during the 2017-18 academic year.
“It has been an incredible year,” Mundy said. “Our donors and the community are amazing. Our students have persevered through some pretty tough times, and seeing many of them walk the stage in May made it all worth it.”
by Coy Slavik, Communications Specialist, Victoria College