Donations to support the educational needs of victims and their families impacted by the August 3rd tragedy

Round Rock, TX – Trellis Company (Trellis) and Trellis Foundation have donated a total of $50,000 to Paso del Norte Community Foundation in support of the El Paso Victims Relief Fund. Each entity donated $25,000. Specifically, the donations from the two organizations will go towards the CommUnity en Acción Fund for 8/3 Survivors’ Educational Needs, with the intent of supporting a wide-range of educational needs for victims and their families impacted by the August 3rd tragedy.

“Our hearts ache for the families of those lost or injured in this horrible event,” said Scott Giles, Trellis President and CEO. “As a Texas organization for forty years, we want to help ensure those most affected have financial support available for their future education needs.”

“From our collaborations in El Paso, we have long respected the strength and resilience of the educational leaders in the community, and we recognize the important role education can play in healing and recovery,” said Kristin Boyer, Trellis Foundation Executive Director.

Trellis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has supported the El Paso community for many years through philanthropic efforts and services for higher education institutions in the region. Trellis Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) organization, is currently supporting efforts to help students complete college in the El Paso region. Both organizations have board members representing the El Paso area who are long-standing, active contributors within the El Paso community; Ed Escudero and Renard Johnson, who serve on the Trellis Board, and Josh Hunt, who serves on the Trellis Foundation Board. In addition, Trellis has a lengthy history of supporting regional areas that have been impacted by tragic events. Most recently, Trellis supported areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Katrina.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, supports the philanthropic goals of individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations to improve education, health, social services, economic development, and quality of life in the Paso del Norte region. Support raised for the El Paso Victims Relief Fund and CommUnity en Acción Fund for 8/3 Survivors’ Educational Needs will go towards support for victims, survivors, and their families.


About Trellis Company

Trellis Company is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with the dual mission of helping student borrowers successfully repay their education loans and promoting access and success in higher education.

We have a nearly 40-year successful track record of delivering positive outcomes for students and institutions. Our strong philanthropic heritage of giving through grants to colleges, universities, and research groups remains focused on improving student outcomes, especially assisting underserved students and families, and helping institutions navigate the changing landscape of higher education. More information is available at

About Trellis Foundation  

Founded by Trellis Company in 2017, Trellis Foundation is a grantmaking public charity focused on helping low- and moderate-income students increase their ability to access, afford, and complete a postsecondary education. More information is available at