Three LSC-Tomball Stu­dents Awarded Terry Foun­da­tion Trans­fer Schol­ar­ship

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TOMBALL, Texas – When Ana Du­ran moved from Mex­ico to the United States in 2012, she could not speak a word of English, but af­ter years of hard work, she not only be­came flu­ent with the English lan­guage, she, along with two other Lone Star Col­lege-Tomball stu­dents were re­cently awarded the Terry Foun­da­tion Trans­fer Schol­ar­ship, which pro­vides fund­ing to­ward com­plet­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

“This is so amaz­ing,” Du­ran said. “Be­ing awarded this schol­ar­ship proves that hard work def­i­nitely pays off. When I moved here, I felt like my en­tire life was start­ing over. I couldn’t speak English and for the first time in my life, my whole fam­ily was to­gether. Ev­ery­thing was to­tally dif­fer­ent from the way it had been for me and my fam­ily. My fa­ther moved to the United States when I was only two months old to help make a bet­ter life for us, so my first time see­ing my dad was when I moved here at 15 years old.”

The Terry Foun­da­tion Trans­fer 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. These stu­dents must have been ac­cepted for ad­mis­sion to a Terry-af­fil­i­ated pub­lic univer­sity in Texas. Each schol­ar­ship amount is re­new­able for up to three years.

Du­ran, who is at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Texas, was awarded $16,700 per year. The two other LSC-Tomball stu­dents, Is­abella Willing­ham, who is at­tend­ing Texas A &M Univer­sity, was awarded $18,000 per year, and Car­men Castel­lanos, who is at­tend­ing Sam Hous­ton State Univer­sity, was awarded $17,500 per year.

LSC-Tomball Trio Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices Ad­vi­sor Miche­sha Wash­ing­ton de­scribed all three stu­dents as well de­serv­ing. “These stu­dents are high-achiev­ing and hard-work­ing stu­dents who re­ally put in the ef­fort to stand out. They were very ac­tive Trio par­tic­i­pants in their vol­un­teer ef­forts as well as took ini­tia­tive in mul­ti­ple lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. We couldn’t be more proud.”

“When I first found out I re­ceived the schol­ar­ship, I was just shocked and filled with joy and hap­pi­ness,” Willing­ham said, be­fore adding, “I still have a hard time wrap­ping my head around be­ing a Terry Scholar re­cip­i­ent. I feel as though it is a huge honor and bless­ing to re­ceive the Terry Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship. It will al­low me to fo­cus on my grades and give me the chance to be able to par­tic­i­pate and help with some re­search projects at Texas A&M. To not have to stress about money is a huge ben­e­fit and al­lows me to fo­cus on the more im­por­tant things, like get­ting into a grad­u­ate pro­gram.”

The Terry Foun­da­tion, a Hous­ton­based phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tion, which Nancy and Howard Terry es­tab­lished in 1986, pro­vides schol­ar­ships for out­stand­ing Texas stu­dents, who show a record of lead­er­ship in school and com­mu­nity, fi­nan­cial need and strong aca­demic abil­i­ties. The foun­da­tion has as­sisted hun­dreds of stu­dents with schol­ar­ships that pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance as well as aca­demic, cul­tural, so­cial and lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and sup­port through­out the col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence.

For in­for­ma­tion on the Terry Foun­da­tion Trans­fer Schol­ar­ships, go to ter­ry­foun­da­tion.org. For in­for­ma­tion on LSC-Tomball pro­grams of study and avail­able schol­ar­ships, please visit LONESTAR. edu/tomball.

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