Being Part of Something Larger Than Yourself

I have a passion for education and agriculture. For many years, I have been on the Board of Trustees of Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) and am so proud of this institution and its support of our community. It has also made a great difference in the lives of our family. When my uncle James Kafer passed away, I knew how much he enjoyed farming, ranching and talking about it. It was his passion. I could not think of any better way to keep his memory alive than to start an agriculture scholarship in his honor and to also support the college agriculture program's outreach to high school FFA student to show them a career in agriculture is possible.

NTCC has a slogan: "Start Here. Go Anywhere". That slogan is appropriate for any community college. My mom started her higher education pursuits in a community College and so did I. Our son in medical school got there in large part because of NTCC. Eva and i are proud to support this college and we hope that the scholarship will start one or two students on their pursuit of a better life through education.

Greer family makes donation to NTCC agriculture department Mr. and Mrs. Sid and Eva Greer (right) recently presented a check for $1,225 to Dr. Charlie Apter (second from left), Northeast Texas Community College Director of Agriculture, and Mr. Chad Henry (left), NTCC Instructor of Agriculture. A portion of the funds will be used to help purchase supplies for an upcoming NTCC agriculture Field Day to be held at the NTCC Farm on March 27. The remainder of the funds will be used to establish the James Kafer Agriculture Scholarship. This memorial scholarship is being established in memory of Mr. Greer's late uncle, Mr. James Kafer. According to Mr. Greer, "My uncle was in his mid-80's and had been a farmer, warrior, union pipe fitter, rancher and cowboy his whole life. He was bucked off his horse a few months ago and died as a result of the accident. This scholarship is our way of honoring him and everything he meant to us." For information on this or other scholarship opportunities, please contact the NTCC Development Office at 903-434-8115.