The largest private source of scholarships in the state of Texas has awarded four Lone Star College-Montgomery graduates, Erica Choate, Jessica Gilbert, Alexis Meyer, and Daniel Nava the Terry Transfer Scholarship.
“I checked my email, saw my results and didn’t believe it,” said Gilbert. “I read it again, I had my husband read it and I just started crying because I realized I could go to college, I could get my bachelor’s degree. When I told my parents, my Dad cried too. It is really big for us. From a very young age my father told me education is very important.”
This scholarship is awarded to non-traditional students who are transferring from a Texas community college or university and are working toward their first baccalaureate degree. It covers approximately 65 percent of the scholar's cost of attendance.
Gilbert will attend The University of Houston studying graphic design, Choate will also attend The University of Houston studying psychology, Meyer will attend Sam Houston State University studying history, and Nava will attend Texas A&M University studying business management. Each university had to nominate the students to apply for the award. The application process included an in-person interview.
“At first my interview was extremely nerve wracking,” said Choate. “I walked in and everyone was standing up, everyone had a computer in front of them. They had my transcript, application and FAFSA in front of them and they were asking me questions and writing notes, but at the same time it really felt like an organic conversation. They were interested in finding out who I was as a person and what made me different from all the other applicants.”
“Winning this scholarship means that all the work I have done at LSC-Montgomery: all the late nights, study sessions, all the effort I put in to keep up my GPA - it means something, not just to me or my family but to someone else,” said Nava. “Someone else saw me and they are willing to help me.”
The students will attend Terry Foundation events to help scholars build a community of fellowship and mutual respect.
“The Terry Transfer Scholarship means I’m actually going to be able to follow my dreams and get my education,” said Meyer. “Without it I was left on my own to pay for school. The Terry Foundation is giving me an opportunity and I can’t thank them enough.”
The Terry Foundation’s mission is to improve and develop the State of Texas by awarding scholarships to Texas students to attend the state’s finest public universities. The Foundation hopes that these students will have a significant impact on the future leadership of the state and nation.
For more information on the Terry Foundation visit terryfoundation.org.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit LoneStar.edu/Montgomery.
Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.