Each year, the Aldine Scholarship Foundation bestows an ASF Community Star Award to a distinguished individual who has demonstrated exceptional support for higher education in the North Houston area. This year’s chosen honoree is Aldine Independent School District’s Superintendent of Schools, Nadine Kujawa. Kujawa, who recently announced her upcoming retirement, has been with AISD since 1962 rising through a professional career from elementary teacher to superintendent of one of Houston’s largest and most diverse school districts. Past Community Star Award recipients include Jim McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, Aaron Glenn, Houston Texan all-pro corner back, Dr. John Pickelman, NHMCCD chancellor, M.O. Campbell, former Aldine ISD superintendent and Sonny Donaldson, former Aldine ISD superintendent. This year’s event is set for April 12.
What began in 1989 as Aldine College Endowment Scholarship Foundation (ACESF), the Aldine Scholarship Foundation has now grown to an organization with more than $1 million dollars in endowments, which generated more than forty $1,000 scholarships to graduating AISD seniors last year. Based on student needs, community service, and high school achievement, these ASF scholarships allow awardees to attend any college in the North Harris Montgomery Community College District (Lone Star College System).
NHMCCD comprises North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, Cy-Fair College, six satellite centers and the University Center.
Since its inception, the Aldine Scholarship Foundation has granted more than $400,000 in college scholarships. One hundred percent of all ASF donations collected are invested and placed in certificates of investment with the principal remaining perpetually untouched. And, foundation’s bylaws specifically forbid expenditures from investment interest on anything but scholarships.
“We feel Superintendent Kujawa is the perfect choice for this year’s award. She has shown remarkable leadership, vision and support for education in Aldine by providing years of guidance and direction,” says Dr. Bennie Lambert, ASF president. “She has been personally recognized by numerous organizations including being awarded the Life Achievement Award by National PTA, Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA’s Chairman’s Community Leadership Award and a host of other accolades acknowledging her dedication to education.”
The Aldine Scholarship Foundation Community Star Award luncheon is open to the public (with advance tickets) and will be hosted on Thursday, April 12, 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza (formerly Hotel Sofitel). For tickets or more information about Aldine Scholarship Fund, call Diane Griffin at 281.618.5440.
NHMCCD, among the five largest and fastest growing community colleges in Texas, comprises, North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, Cy-Fair College, six satellite centers, and The University Center.
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