Lone Star College students shared stories of overcoming obstacles and finding success at the 25th annual LSC Chancellor’s Breakfast presented by Lone Star College Foundation and sponsored by Entergy, Texas.
The Chancellor’s Breakfast recognizes 11 students, one from each of the Lone Star College campuses and centers, for their winning essay. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship which is made possible due to the generosity of LSC Foundation donors and supporters.
“These very talented students help remind everyone of our mission,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “It is an honor for me to listen to them share their personal stories of success.”
Of the 11 students who received the scholarship, one from each campus was selected to present their winning essay. The six student selected speakers were: Mikayla Kracko, LSC-CyFair; Lutricia Wheeler, LSC-Kingwood; Abigail Jones, LSC-Montgomery; Belten Langmia, LSC-North Harris; Stephen Crowell, LSC-Tomball; and Deven Savage, LSC-University Park.
LSC students were encouraged to participate in an essay contest on “How my Lone Star College experience has influenced my life.” Winners are selected by campus committees before the breakfast event, which was held Feb. 7 in the Lone Star Community Building located at LSC System Office in The Woodlands.
Other LSC scholarship recipients recognized were Ruby Qattan, LSC-Atascocita Center; Elizabeth Mitchell, LSC-Cypress Center; Rioghonosa Okpiabhele, LSC-Fairbanks Center; Disha Patel, LSC-Greenspoint Center; and McKenna Bailey, LSC-Montgomery.
“These scholarships could not be awarded without the generous support the Lone Star College Foundation receives from the many individuals, families, businesses, and foundations which help Lone Star College students reach their goals,” said Nicole Robinson Gauthier, CFRE, LSC Foundation executive director. “The students’ stories are truly inspirational to everyone who heard them.”
Excerpts from this year’s student essay winners:
Mikayla Kracko, LSC-CyFair
“While I initially chose Lone Star College because of its affordability, this college experience turned out to be exactly what I needed. It changed my life by helping me find my passion to teach math and help the next generation have a solid foundation in math to pursue their own dreams. It changed my life by welcoming me into a community of learners and helping me see that we all work better together.”
Lutricia Wheeler, LSC-Kingwood
“Every curve ball that is thrown in life is meant to stimulate growth, but sometimes we need a little push along the way. I am grateful to have had a professor that was passionate enough himself about education to talk some sense into me. I am proud to say that I got my drive back and life has been good ever since. God makes no mistakes.”
Abigail Jones, LSC-Conroe Center
“Lone Star College has not only made me a better student and friend, but it has given something that I do not think I could find at any other higher education institution: hope. By being provided unparalleled assistance and an overflow of support in all things by advisors, teachers, and peers, I have hope that I will be a registered nurse in a short few years. Lone Star College has given me more than I ever expected, and is genuinely opening doors.”
Belten Langmia, LSC-North Harris
“The college has given me the opportunity to meet new people from diverse backgrounds with different points of view, and has trained me on how to communicate and function well in a team. I have gained the necessary skills needed to travel life from LSC-North Harris, which will be used for the betterment of my community here, and in Cameroon.”
Stephen Crowell, LSC-Tomball
“I often think about how I’m not only going to get to pursue the career path I have always wanted but how I will be able to change other people’s lives for the better, just like Lone Star College has changed my life. Thank you again to everyone at Lone Star College, you truly have helped begin my dream.”
Deven Savage, LSC-University Park
“My experiences this year at Lone Star College and the environment and circumstances which I have been confined to have led me to understand this; that anything is possible if you work for it. If you truly want something in life, then you will make it happen, no matter what. I now know that I will be successful because I choose to be successful, and I will let nothing stand in my way. The future is mine.”
The Lone Star College Foundation's mission is to change lives through student scholarships and quality educational programs achieved by excellence in relationship building, fundraising, and investment management. For more information, visit LoneStarCollegeFoundation.org.
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.