The Navarro College County will host the Brilliance 2016 Scholarship Fundraising Gala, Mardi Gras, this Saturday at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Last year’s 2015 Brilliance gala raised more than $95,000.

“This is an event that impacts all of the dual credit and general academic students in Ellis County and our community support continues to be overwhelming,” said Dr. Kenneth Martin, President of Ellis County campuses. “Education is empowering to all who receive it. It builds confidence, helps students learn to think for themselves, and oftentimes opened doors to opportunities we’ve never en dreamed, which makes Brilliance the perfect vehicle for to provide the financial assistance they may need.”

The average cost to an Ellis County general academic student taking 12 credit hours is $1,433 plus books per semester. All money raised at this event will go toward student scholarships, which include both general and dual credit for Ellis County students in Avalon, Ennis, Ferris, Italy, Life School, Maypearl, Midlothian, Milford, New Way Leadership Academy, Ovilla Christian, Palmer, Red Oak, Waxahachie, Waxahachie Faith Family Academy, and Waxahachie Preparatory Academy.

Ellis County understands the immense benefits of higher education. According to the U. S. Department of Labor statistics, higher education significantly improves one’s earning power and employability.

“Ideally we would like to offer a scholarship to pursue higher education to every qualifying Ellis County resident who wanted to go to college,” said Martin. “I think we can find the resources in Ellis County to make that a reality.”

Guests of the event will enjoy a first class evening of cocktails, live auction, gourmet dinner, and entertainment by the Navarro College Jazz band.

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities or table reservations, or to receive formal communication regarding the event, please call Lynn Pike, at 972-923-6439, or email at lynn.pike@navarrocollege.edu.