The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awarded Lone Star College-Kingwood student, Lin Cazares a $1,000 scholarship through the Coca-Cola Two-Year College Scholarship Program.
Nominees for the Coca-Cola scholarship may not apply themselves, but must be nominated by a faculty representative. Debbie Esparza, Web Coordinator for LSC-Kingwood and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, nominated Cazares and said she's happy the judges recognized Cazares' outstanding accomplishments.
"Lin's very impressive resume demonstrates her commitment to excellence and leadership through academic achievement, community service, and employment. We knew she deserved this award."
Cazares splits her time outside of the classroom between her part-time work, her involvement with several organizations on campus and her many hours of volunteer work. But somehow she manage to squeeze in more than 226 hours of community service last year, no easy task for a full time student.
She works as a receptionist in the Learning Center at LSC-Kingwood and says her work there inspired her to think about a career that had a more far reaching effect. "It awakened my desire to help others in any capacity. That need would be better fulfilled by teaching than in any other career." In her Coca-Cola application, she remarks on the satisfaction she feels in helping others and seeing them leave the Learning Center encouraged and uplifted.
Coca-Cola scholars demonstrate academic success and also their capacity to lead and serve, making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Cazares' involvement is many faceted and her commitment to each activity is deep. She spends Sundays guiding the children in her church through bible study and choir, a job she feels is as rewarding for her at it is to them. She's also very involved in many of the clubs and organizations at LSC-Kingwood, including the college's honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, where she currently serves as secretary. Other activities include the Student Government Association, Phi Beta Lambda, Art Club, the Honors Program and a joint service learning project between the Biology and Art Departments.
Why does she do so much? "Community service is planting a seed in the future of others. I may be giving a little bit of myself now, but the returns later on in the future will be far greater. I think it's very important."
The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The Whitehead Foundation provides grants in support of human services initiatives. The late Joseph B. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola. The Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program complements the Foundation's Coca-Cola Scholars Program, which awards more than $3 million annually in college scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors. The Coca-Cola Scholars Programs is one of the most recognized and respected corporate-sponsored scholarships in America.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supported by the financial commitment of the Houston Coca-Cola Bottling Company and The Coca-Cola Company. The Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow's leaders. Now in its ninth year of funding the Coca-Cola Two-year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation has provided more than $3.25 million in scholarship awards to students attending two-year degree granting institutions and more than $35 million towards the Coca-Cola Scholars Program during the past 19 years.
Receiving this scholarship will ease the burden on Cazares. "It will make things a lot easier. Not only will it help pay tuition, books and living expenses, but it will also mean I won't have to struggle so much with day to day expenses."
Cazares will graduate from LSC-Kingwood in December 2008 with an Associate of Arts degree. She will then go on to earn her teaching degree at LSC-Kingwood through the joint admissions program with University of Houston-Downtown. She hopes to teach third or fourth grade in the future.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at kingwood.lonestar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit lonestar.edu.