For more than 33 years, Dr. David Preston has loyally served Brazosport College in multiple capacities, including the past 22 as the Director of Institutional Research.
Along the way, he’s also served in several statewide leadership positions and professional associations, as well as authored a publication for the national Community College Council of Research & Planning organization.
Now he will assist Brazosport College students through a scholarship in his name.
Funded by a gift from The Lonestar Corporation, the David L. Preston, Sr. Endowed Scholarship will help students in covering the cost of tuition, fees and books.
“As a long-time employee of Brazosport College, Dr. Preston knows the importance of scholarships for students to complete their goals,” said Serena Andrews, Brazosport College Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement. “It is an honor that he chose the BC Foundation for this generous gift.”
The first scholarship award period began in fall semester 2013.
“It’s rewarding to be recognized by my peers for the work I’ve done over the years,” Dr. Preston said. “It’s nice that students can benefit from this. That’s the best part of the whole thing.”
Dr. Preston began working at Brazosport College in 1980 and became the Director of Institutional Research in 1991. He has been a member of the Association for Institutional Research and Texas Association for Institutional Research. He also served as president of the Gulf Coast AIR and chaired a committee that showed the value of matching student records with Texas Workforce Commission records, with the Adult Student Follow-up system growing out of that work. Dr. Preston started the Longitudinal Student Tracking and Reporting System, as well.
During his tenure at Brazosport College, Dr. Preston has served in several statewide leadership positions.
Dr. Preston is married, has two children and two grandchildren. He obtained bachelor and master degrees from Emporia State University in Kansas, and a doctorate from University of Houston.
The David L. Preston scholarship will be merit based and is open to all USA citizens currently enrolled at Brazosport College or are making an application to attend BC. Priority is given for enrolled full-time students, but part-time students are eligible to apply.
Students also must be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.