Giving to SU

For Imediate Release
April 9, 2007

James Avery Donates $30,000 to Schreiner University

James Avery Donates $30,000 to Schreiner UniversityKERRVILLE, TX – James Avery continues its long-term commitment to supporting higher education and the Kerrville community with a contribution of $30,000 to Schreiner University’s Hill Country College Fund (HCCF).

Over the past 15 years, the company has donated more than $400,000 to Hill Country College Fund and has established the James Avery Endowed Scholarship with the purpose of providing scholarship funding for Hill Country Schreiner students in perpetuity.

James Avery Donates $30,000 to Schreiner University

From left to right, Chris Avery, Jennifer Staudt, Schreiner
University student & HCCF recipient, Dr. Tim Summerlin, Schreiner University
president, James Avery and Paul Avery

Chris Avery established the endowed scholarship on December 3, 2003 in honor of his father, company founder James Avery. Mr. Avery has been a long-time supporter of Schreiner University, having served as chairman of the Hill Country College Fund in 1980-81.

“We have a deep commitment to giving back to the communities that have been so supportive of James Avery over the years,” said Chris Avery. “But we reserve a special place for our hometown of Kerrville and we’re especially proud to support Schreiner University and higher education right here in the Hill Country.”

The Hill Country College Fund was established in 1977 to aid worthy and deserving Hill Country students enrolled in Schreiner University. Since then, it has provided more than $8 million in need-based tuition assistance to residents of Kerr, Kimble, Kendall, Bandera, Gillespie, Real and Edwards counties and helps more than 250 students annually.

“James Avery has given generously to the Hill Country College Fund for so many years,” said Dr. Tim Summerlin, president of Schreiner University. “This company sets the standard for corporate citizenship in our community and beyond the region. Every year they have shown how deeply they believe in higher education here in Kerrville.”

Hill Country College Fund grants provide an average of more than $2,900 a year per recipient and one hundred percent of funds raised goes to student scholarships. If you would like more information on how the Hill Country College Fund is making a difference for area Schreiner University students, or if you would like to make a contribution, visit Schreiner’s Web site at or call 830-792-7201.


In 1954, James Avery began his jewelry business in a two-car garage in Texas with $250 in his pocket. More than 50 years later, James Avery operates more than 40 stores in 5 states, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. Mr. Avery himself is still a part of the entire jewelry making process and remains loyal to the quality and detail that he based his business on many years ago. The family owned company continues to grow with its four founding values: Simplicity, Integrity, Meaning, and Universality. James Avery is available at retail stores, mail order and at

Terri Armstrong
(830) 895-0357