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Award-winning Essay Reveals LSC-North Harris Student’s Path to nursing

Lone Star College-North Harris student Kesha Thomas was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the LSC-Foundation for her submission to the 19th annual Student Essay Challenge.

“Kesha, like many of our students, came to us with a goal,” said Dr. Steve Head, LSC-North Harris president. “By complementing her passion and commitment with personalized support and proven resources, we are helping her succeed, as well as impacting the entire community.”

Thomas, a U.S. Army veteran who previously earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston-Downtown, returned to school following the death of her mother from lung cancer. Inspired by the nurses who had helped care for her mother, she chose to leave a full-time job to enroll in classes at LSC-North Harris and pursue a career as a nurse.

“”All I remember from that entire experience at M.D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center in Houston, Texas was how gracious and how patient those nurses were. It was then when I realized that I wanted to become a nurse,” she wrote in her winning essay.

Thomas was recently honored at the Chancellor’s Breakfast and read her essay to the Lone Star College System supporters and administration in attendance. In the essay, she also praised the support and encouragement she has received during her time at LSC-North Harris.

“Lone Star College has enabled me to dream of making a difference as a registered nurse, just as those nurses did years ago as they cared for my mother and my family. To the faculty of LSC-North Harris and the entire Lone Star College System, never stop caring…it’s what you do best.”

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

With more than 75,000 students in credit classes for fall 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.