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Essay Winner and Future Psychiatrist Shares Personal Story of Caring and Persistence at Chancellor Event

Future psychiatrist Candice Hart recently shared how her Lone Star College-CyFair experience helped her keep education a top priority at one of the lowest points in her life.

Dr. Levy and Candace HartHart, along with five other Lone Star College System student essay winners, inspired guests with their stories of “How My Community College Experience Changed My Life” shared at the Lone Star College Foundation’s 22nd annual Chancellor’s Breakfast.

With the aid of several LSC coworker/friends, she was able to overcome a personal obstacle (unexpected homelessness) and is back on track with her own apartment and in her education. She plans to earn her associate degree this summer and transfer to double major in biology and psychology at Prairie View A&M.

“I was able to witness first-hand how much LSC-CyFair cares about the community and students,” she said. “I’m humbled by the love and support I received in my time of need and am proud to be a part of this family. I can only pay it forward now, doing my part to help other students reach their dreams.”

As Hart pursues her own dream of becoming a psychiatrist, she is already helping others as a smiling face and ambassador of LSC-CyFair. She began working New Student Orientations at the Barker Cypress campus in May 2013. She said she easily adapted to greeting students and conducting campus tours after serving as a tour guide at Six Flags Over Texas. In October 2013, Hart continued making students feel welcome as she took a position at the information center and began assisting with college and Child Watch enrollment in the Dean of Student Services suite.

Candace Hart“The part I like most about my work is that I’m in a position to help people get on the road to success,” she said.

Dean of Student Services Dr. Rito Silva said Hart is very dedicated to her work and her studies and has been an inspiration to many.

“It has been a pleasure to see Candice grow as a person and a student during her time with us in Student Services,” he said. “I have no doubt she will be successful and we are humbled to have played a role in her development. It defines what we do and who we are here at Lone Star College-CyFair.”

Receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the LSC Foundation and representing each of the six LSCS colleges were Hart from LSC-CyFair, Gabby Alcantara from LSC-Kingwood, Douglas Dennison from LSC-Montgomery, David Rico from LSC-North Harris, Quashawn Sterling from LSC-Tomball and Hessami Hernandez from LSC-University Park.

These scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of LSC Foundation donors and supporters. The LSC Foundation manages assets of $23 million, with more than $17 million committed to endowed scholarships.

For information on other foundation events, go to LoneStarCollegeFoundation.org. For information on LSC-CyFair, go to LoneStar.edu.