The Lone Star College-University Center held its annual scholarship awards ceremony on Oct. 29 and celebrated the accomplishments of a number of high-achieving students who received scholarships.
“We’re always very pleased to be able to recognize these deserving students who have worked extremely hard,” said Dr. Debra Britton, director, student services at LSC-University Center.
The scholarship recipients and guests were welcomed to the ceremony with remarks by Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor.
Scholarships that were given included: Sam Houston State University - LSC-University Center scholar’s awards, presented by Dr. Richard Eglsaer, associate vice president for academic affairs, SHSU; LSC-University Center - Panther Creek Village Association scholarship, given by the Panther Creek Village Association; LSC-University Center - Follett scholarships, presented by Mona Hawkins, bookstore manager, Follett Higher Education Group; American Association of University Women-Montgomery County Branch scholarship, presented by Anne Upham, Montgomery County branch representative, AAUW; LSC-University Center Degree Completion scholarships, presented by Dr. Rand Key, LSCS senior vice chancellor; and the LSC-University Center – Katheryn Jane Bettis nursing scholarship, presented by Dr. Britton. Congratulatory remarks were also given during the ceremony by partner universities, Prairie View A&M University, SHSU, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston and U of H Downtown.
First was the presentation of the Sam Houston State University – LSC-University Center scholar’s awards. This $1,000 scholarship is a prestigious award for students attending LSC-University Center whose academic accomplishments and university or community citizenship are excellent in every respect. In order to be considered for this award, the students had to be current or accepted SHSU students, pursuing either undergraduate or graduate degrees and enrolled in at least 6 semester credit hours from SHSU at LSC-University Center while maintaining an overall GPA of not less than 3.25 (undergraduate) or 3.50 (graduate).
The recipients of the Sam Houston State University – LSC-University Center scholar’s awards included: Kimberly Abundiz, who graduated from LSCS; Giles Arceneaux, attended LSCS; Flora Baker, graduated from LSCS; Nancy Baxter-Gray, attended LSCS; Sarah Conboy, graduate student; Trung Dang, attended LSCS; Darlene Dodson, graduated from LSCS; William Horton, graduate student; Cheryl Hudec, graduate student; Terri Jaggers, graduate student; Marcia McConnell, graduated from LSCS; Joseph Peart, graduate student; Veronica Vijil, graduate doctoral student; and Dongfang Xiao, attended LSCS.
Next was the presentation of the LSC-University Center – Panther Creek Village Association scholarship, which is funded by the Panther Creek Village Association of The Woodlands to encourage residents of Panther Creek Village to continue their education. This $1,000 scholarship is available to students pursuing either undergraduate or graduate degrees through the university partners of LSC-University Center. To be considered for the scholarship, students must be either full-time students or part-time students, have a GPA of 2.50 or better, currently reside in Panther Creek Village, and demonstrate financial need. The part-time students must be working at least part-time.
The recipient of this year’s Panther Creek Village Association’s scholarship was Ryan Pierce, who attended LSC-Montgomery and is now majoring in psychology from SHSU.
The LSC-University Center Degree Completion scholarships are designed to encourage students who have received a degree from one of the colleges of LSCS to complete their bachelors' degrees through LSC-University Center. To be eligible for these $500 scholarships, in addition to an associate's degree from a Lone Star College, applicants must be currently enrolled in at least six hours with one or more of the partner universities of LSC-University Center. Also considered are academic performance, school and community service, and financial need.
The recipients of the LSC-University Center Degree Completion scholarships were: Chet Collins, LSC-Kingwood, and U of H Downtown; Preston Fassel, LSC-Montgomery, SHSU; Elly Felson, LSC-Montgomery, SHSU; Betty Hemenway, LSC-Cy Fair, SHSU; Cynthia Herrera, LSC-Tomball, U of H Downtown; Adan Munoz, LSC-North Harris, SHSU; Marie Pemba, LSC-North Harris, TSU; and Ana Sudderth, LSC-Montgomery, SHSU.
LSC-University Center – Follett Scholarships are funded by the Follett Corp. as part of its support for the system and its students. The Follett Corp. provides bookstore services for all system campuses. The requirements for these $500 scholarships are similar to those for LSC-University Center Degree Completion scholarships. The LSC-University Center – Follett Scholarships recipients were: Lisa Ostrander, LSC-Montgomery, now at U of H Downtown; Shantel Simmonds, LSC-North Harris, SHSU; and Melanie Weaver, LSC-Montgomery, now at Prairie View A&M.
The $500 AAUW-Montgomery Branch scholarship is funded by the American Association of University Women and requirements are similar to those for the LSC-University Center Degree Completion scholarships. Recipient of the AAUW-Montgomery Branch scholarship is Kimber Brown, who attended LSC-Montgomery, now majoring in academic studies, special education, from SHSU.
Finally was the LSC-University Center – Katheryn Jane Bettis nursing scholarship that is dedicated in the memory of Dr. Debra Bettis Britton’s mother, who completed her LVN training through the community college system and dedicated many years of service as a LVN nurse. To be considered for this $500 scholarship, students must be pursuing a LVN or RN to a bachelor’s degree in nursing, they can either be full time or part time, they must have a GPA of 2.50 or better, and they should demonstrate financial need.
The recipient of the LSC-University Center – Katheryn Jane Bettis nursing scholarship was Carolina Deandres, who graduated from LSC-Montgomery, majoring in nursing from Prairie View A&M.
LSC-University Center is a partnership of six universities, the Lone Star College System, and the private sector. Its mission is to provide bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorate degrees, and continuing professional studies to the more than one million people in the college district service area.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, the LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 59,000 students in credit classes this fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.