Student Testimonials

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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.

Nicola Merritt

LSC grad reaches for the stars

For recent LSC-Kingwood graduate Nicola Merritt, her educational journey wasn't the most straight forward, but she's now got a bright future, thanks in part, to the generosity of others.

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Paul Cordova

Maggie Mendoza-Starck: A picture of success

LSC-North Harris Vice President of Student Success Magdalena Mendoza-Starck spends her workdays striving to help students feel better about their educational journey from the moment they apply until graduation or transfer, but it wasn't so long ago when she embarked on her own journey as a first-generation student at LSC-Tomball.

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Brandon Tucker

Helping Hands

Meet Brandon Tucker, a nursing student at LSC-Montgomery and recipient of the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital scholarship.

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David Rowe & Julian Ciarella

A fateful encounter between donor & student

Who would have guessed that a conversation at a LSC Foundation event would change the course of Julian Ciarella's life?

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Jesse Alvarez

Graduate overcame battle with mental health to attend Ivy League school

Scholarship recipient Jesse Alvarez overcame obstacles to reach his goal of attending an Ivy League university.

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Scholarship recipient: In his own words

My name is Thomas M. Kumler. I am a nursing student at Lonestar College in Tomball, and I would like to humbly thank you for this scholarship...

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Student becomes the teacher

You'll find Osvaldo Caballero, Sr. most days in the Constructions and Skilled Trades Technology Center at LSC-North Harris interacting with his Electrical Technology students but just a few years prior, he was an LSC-North Harris student himself. Now the Director of Construction Technologies, Caballero credits his time as an LSC student which helped get him where he is today.

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Asia Franklin

Alumni Spotlight: Scholarship, online classes help newest alumnus

For Lone Star College's newest alumni, the pandemic emphasized the need for flexibility and financial aid for many. One LSC-CyFair alumnus, Asia Franklin, is now continuing her educational journey at the University of North Texas with help from a scholarship from Lone Star College Foundation.

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Amy Martinez

Alumni Spotlight: Kindness is free and generosity is contagious

Business Owner Amy Martinez' company motto is "Kindness is free and generosity is contagious". The catering company, Grazeables, based in The Woodlands, started when Martinez delivered tasty care packages to her patients undergoing chemotherapy while working as an Infusion Registered Nurse.

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Alumni Spotlight: Head of the class

After years of attending classes as a student, beginning at LSC-University Park then University of Houston-Downtown, alumna Leonela Oliva is now ready to return to the head of the class, this time as the teacher.

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Savanna Stuard

LSC grad honored by Drew Brees for COVID-19 work

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees named Lone Star College-Kingwood graduate Savannah Stuard as his choice for The Real Heroes Project.

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Alumni Spotlight: LSC believed in me

Racheal Cummings has a lot on her plate at the moment. The Prairie View A&M nursing student is preparing to graduate this semester and is looking for a job at a local hospital emergency room or intensive care unit. 

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Alumni Spotlight: LSC was the perfect fit

So many students today struggle to find the perfect fit when it comes to balancing college courses, jobs, and career aspirations. Veronica Sanches found that Lone Star College provided a perfect fit for her as she earned her associate degree while working and now oversees a $10 million budget for East Aldine Management District.

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Rachel Perez

Alumni Update: LSC Scholarship created bigger opportunities

When Rachel Perez stepped onto the stage at StarGala 2018 to hundreds of Lone Star College Foundation supporters, little did she know what amazing opportunities were in store for her.

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Alexandra Steward

Scholarship recipient's success at LSC is a family affair

Alexandra Steward recalls how her mother's support and influence inspired her to attend LSC-Kingwood. In fact, you could say that she directly followed in her mother's footsteps as her mom, Shelly, also graduated from LSC-Kingwood.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Marshall returned to serve and protect

Economic hardship may have prompted Jeff Marshall to enroll at Lone Star College, but his life-changing experience as a students prompted his return to LSC as an employee with the mission to protect and serve those who made such a big impact on his life.

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Glenda Castillo

Alumni Spotlight: First in family to attend college- now a surgical nurse

LSC-Kingwood alumnus and Foundation scholarship recipient Glenda Castillo has come a long way to realize her dreams.

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Alumni Spotlight Update: Campers hear from alum at NASA

LSC-Creekside Center recently hosted high school students for a week-long Robo Tech camp where they met with alumnus Jordan Fail at NASA.

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Ian Sandlin

Scholarship Recipient: In his own words

This LSC Promise scholarship student turns his oil & gas experience into a new career.

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Rachshel Canton

Scholarship Recipient: In her own words

There are two important days in one's life: the day you are born and the day you find out why.

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Jordan Fail

Alumni Spotlight: A piece of the journey from Lone Star to NASA

Jordan reflects on his time at LSC as part of his journey to success.

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Boping Liang

Scholarship Recipient: In her own words

LSC transformed Boping's life forever.

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Sam Perez

Alumni Spotlight: A Rising Star

Sam Perez is a star on the rise.

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Brandi Henry

Scholarship Recipient: In her own words

What did a scholarship mean for Brandi Henry?

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Paula Mendoza

Alumni Spotlight: Perseverance pays off

Success does not always come in a straight line. After a few career changes, raising a family, and attending school while working full time, Paula Mendoza knows that perseverance pays off.

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Alex Meehan

Alumni Update: In his own words

Hear how a donated Snap-on toolkit has helped Alexander get ahead.

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John Solano

Alumni Update: In his own words

Scholarship recipient and graduate John Anthony Solano gives the Foundation a personal update.

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Mikayla Kracko

Foundation scholarship recipient speaks openly about her LSC experience

Mikayla Kracko talks about passion, collaboration, mentors and more as part of her LSC experience.

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Abigail Jones

This dream of mine

With the help of a scholarship, Abigail's dreams of becoming a nurse are coming true, as she thrives under the caring guidance of her LSC-CyFair professors.

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Stephen Crowell

"It's never too late"

Learn more about why Foundation scholarship recipient Stephen Crowell says "it's never too late" and how his scholarship impacted his journey to becoming a physical therapist.

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Brandon Santos

It's all about building relationships

When asked what was the one takeaway he learned while at LSC-University Park, Brandon Santos said it was to build relationships. "It is important to develop and maintain the relationships you build wherever you are in that point in life."

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Diego Ortiz

Scholarship student to earn Master's degree in France

International student Diego Ortiz Vigil earned several scholarships before graduating this past May Magna Cum Laude as an Honors College Merit Scholar from LSC-CyFair. The future civil engineer is now moving to France as part of an all-expense paid associate to master's degree transfer program in engineering.

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Student Now a Graduate

It is hard to imagine that recovery is still ongoing if you were not affected by Hurricane Harvey, but for Lone Star College-Montgomery student Holly Clay, it is just a fact of life. She lost everything in the floods and rebuilt from the ground up while staying on track with her education. 

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Lone Star College Promise Scholarship Recipient Shines Bright

Rachel Perez is ready to take the next step in her dreams of becoming a pediatrician or an emergency room physician thanks to Lone Star College Foundation and the University of Houston-Downtown.

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Rachael Cummings, scholarship recipient

Scholarship recipient inspires Foundation board

LSC-University Park nursing student Racheal Cummings kicked off the Foundation Board Retreat by offering her own personal story and message of gratitude.

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Rickus Otto: International Student and Scholarship Recipient

Meet Rickus Otto, an international student from South Africa, who has been attending LSC-Montgomery for the past three years.

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Where is he now? Lone Star College!

Meet Raymond Craft, 2009 Dr. Linda Stegall Excellence in Education Endowment Scholarship Recipient, and read his inspirational journey from LSC student to LSC employee.

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Julian's journey from GED student to construction science major at Texas A&M

A battle with cancer at the tender age of 18 is what brought Julian to LSC, when he was forced to drop out of high school due to lengthy and grueling chemotherapy treatments. See how Julian's success helped him in life and led him to become a future donor.

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Donor Meets Recipient

Brandon Kerns, recipient of the John A. and Annice B. Nanninga Endowment Scholarship, gets the opportunity to meet the daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nanninga, Beth Grijalva and Ann O'Toole.

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Over the river and through the woods, to 3D Animation school we go!

Why does Dianne Hines make a 2-3 hour daily commute from west Houston to LSC-North Harris for 3D animation classes?

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James Harrison

"My favorite aspect of serving on the Board is seeing the lives we impact through the generous donations to the Foundation."

James B. Harrison III, Chair, Lone Star College Foundation