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Terracon Foundation Announces Grant to Communities in Schools of San Antonio

posted 01.29.2014

SAN ANTONIO — The Terracon Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 community grant to Communities in Schools of San Antonio (CIS-SA) that will be used to support essential operating expenses for the organization’s dropout prevention program.

Terracon Foundation community grants support local nonprofit programs that Terracon employees are actively involved with, in the communities where they live and work.

CIS-SA keeps kids in school by unlocking their potential to succeed. The mission of the organization is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS-SA provides comprehensive case management services to approximately 7,000 students on 74 campuses in nine districts throughout Bexar County.

Patty Vinton, corporate services representative and administrative manager in the Terracon Laredo office, applied for and presented the grant to CIS-SA. Dejah Behnke, director of resource development and Rufus Samkin, chief executive officer for CIS-SA, accepted the grant.

“We greatly appreciate the Terracon Foundation’s continued support of our program,” Samkin said. “Thank you for giving back to the community and helping us keep kids in school!”

The Terracon Foundation was established in 2008 and expanded considerably in 2012 to provide a broader range of grant opportunities. The Terracon Foundation also provides national partner grants, university grants, and employee dependent scholarships. During 2013, the foundation awarded grants of more than $375,000.

“I was honored to present this grant to Communities in Schools of San Antonio,” Terracon employee, Vinton said. “This organization has so much compassion for the students they serve.”

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit