FORT WORTH — Bill Cosby is known as an actor and comic, but many students at Tarrant County College see him as a man who helps others.On Sept. 24, Bill Cosby will perform at Bass Hall to help raise money for the Tarrant County College Foundation, which provides scholarships to students.It is great to see people who are so big be involved in the community, said Christine Moreno, 19, a sophomore at TCC who received a scholarship from the foundation.The sold-out show, An Evening With Bill Cosby, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bass Hall. Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway Foundation is the presenting sponsor, according to TCC.Joe McIntosh, executive director of the TCC Foundation, said the foundations board of directors wanted to organize a strong event to benefit community college students. The foundation is a nonprofit that promotes access to education.They wanted to host an evening at Bass Performance Hall and secure a wonderful iconic American entertainer such as Bill Cosby, McIntosh said.McIntosh said this years event is among several held in recent years to support scholarships. In 2010, former President George W. Bush participated in a benefit luncheon.The net proceeds go toward supporting scholarships for Tarrant County College students, McIntosh said. Our goal is to raise as much as we can.Proceeds from this years event will go toward current and future endowed scholarships, McIntosh said. During the last academic year, the foundation administered a little over 1,100 scholarships for just over $1 million, McIntosh said. It currently manages more than $17 million in assets.McIntosh said the scholarships help students fulfill their higher education goals at the school, which has more than 51,000 students attending its numerous campuses in Tarrant County. Even though community college tuition is a bargain, McIntosh said, many students still need the assistance. He said some dont have enough money to pay for classes because they are juggling minimum-wage jobs with schoolwork.Moreno said the $750 scholarship that she received from the foundation is the reason she can stay in school this fall. She said her family was struggling to help her pay for college.These scholarships are wonderful, Moreno said. Its a blessing.
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