Laura Knott and Kimberly Omura are among twelve women who received scholarships from the Federation of Houston Professional Women Education Foundation (FHPWEF).
Both women are students at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Knott is an Education/English major preparing to graduate in December. She will then continue her education at Sam Houston State University pursuing an English degree. Omura is an accounting major working towards her Associate of Applied Science Degree, planning for a spring graduation. Both keep hectic schedules, balancing their desire for an education with the need to work.
Each of them credits Tammy Bodenhamer in the Financial Aide Department for making them aware of the scholarship. Knott says, "If it had not been for her (Tammy), I would not have known about the scholarship."
They each had to submit a statement of scholarship need, a statement of short and long term goals, two letters of recommendation, a short bio and education information.
Sheri L. Parrack is the foundation's president and says, "Serving as the president for the Education Foundation of the FHPW has been the most rewarding and humbling experience that I've ever encountered. I've met so many inspiring women attending college and going back to college."
The two were presented with their scholarships at the Women of Excellence gala, where Mayor Bill White was the keynote speaker. Omura says she was impressed with how special the gala was and particularly honored to be able to hear from the mayor. "I'm really appreciative to the Foundation for the opportunity this scholarship gives me."
Knott is anxiously looking towards a brighter future and says of those who helped her, "I owe my accomplishments to those who have removed the financial stones from my path. I am excited because I never thought a higher education was in my future and I will be forever thankful to the FHPW and others who have made attending college a privilege for me."
Omura says much of her success has been due to the exceptional teachers at Lone Star College-Kingwood. "The teachers at the college have so many years of experience; they've got it down pat. In particular, Professor Joseph Dawson was great. He really gave me a firm foundation of knowledge for the classes ahead."
The mission of the FHPWEF is to award scholarships and gifts to aid and advance the education and knowledge of women in the community. The foundation has been awarding scholarships to deserving women since 1994.
For more information on available scholarships, go to kingwood.lonestar.edu and click on the student support page.
The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.