LSC-Tom­ball Stu­dents Re­ceive the Most Schol­ar­ships in School His­tory

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TOM­BALL, Texas – Ac­cord­ing to a study by the In­sti­tute for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy, over the past 20 years, tu­ition and fees at na­tional uni­ver­si­ties, both pri­vate and pub­lic, have risen sharply, mak­ing pay­ing for col­lege one of the tough­est parts of earn­ing a de­gree. But that bur­den is be­ing in­creas­ingly eased at Lone Star Col­lege-Tom­ball. To help pay for col­lege, stu­dents at LSC-Tom­ball were awarded the most schol­ar­ships in its cam­pus’ his­tory dur­ing the 2016-2017 aca­demic school year.

“In­creas­ing fi­nan­cial aid and schol­ar­ship as­sis­tance for LSC-Tom­ball stu­dents has been a top pri­or­ity,” said LSC-Tom­ball Pres­i­dent Dr. Lee Ann Nutt. Ac­cord­ing to LSC-Tom­ball records, a to­tal of 352 stu­dents were awarded schol­ar­ships dur­ing the 2016-2017 aca­demic school year for a to­tal of $290,487. “A cou­ple of years ago we launched Tom­ball 2020, a cam­pus-wide study on how we could im­prove in four ar­eas: Schol­ar­ships, Stu­dents, Awards and Of­fer­ings,” Nutt pointed out. “As a re­sult of the study, we estab­lished our Tom­ball 2020 strate­gic plan. To have now awarded the most schol­ar­ships in the his­tory of the col­lege is amaz­ing, be­cause now more stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to have an ex­pe­ri­ence at LSC-Tom­ball that will lead to a bet­ter fu­ture.” Schol­ar­ships were awarded to LSCTom­ball stu­dents through the Lone Star Col­lege Foun­da­tion (LSCF), in ad­di­tion to in­sti­tu­tional and out­side schol­ar­ships. Gabriela An­drade, ac­coun­tant for the LSCF, said the Foun­da­tion awarded 172 LSC-Tom­ball stu­dents schol­ar­ships for a to­tal of $138,125 dur­ing the 2016-2017 aca­demic school year. That’s up from just two years ago, where 118 LSC-Tom­ball stu­dents were awarded schol­ar­ships for a to­tal of $104,250. Sam­reen Khur­ram, LSC-Tom­ball Di­rec­tor of Fi­nan­cial Aid, said 180 LSC-Tom­ball stu­dents re­ceived in­sti­tu­tional and out­side schol­ar­ships for a to­tal of $152,362, sig­nif­i­cantly higher than just two years ago, where only 25 stu­dents were award schol­ar­ships for a to­tal of $21,496 dur­ing the 2014-2015 aca­demic school year. “We could not have done this with­out the sup­port of our donors and the LSC Foun­da­tion,” Nutt stressed, be­fore ad­ding, “They are the ones who have made this hap­pen, and for that we are very grate­ful.” Founded in 1991, the LSCF raises funds and man­ages as­sets to pro­vide stu­dent schol­ar­ships and to sup­port aca­demic and work­force pro­grams. The LSCF has ex­panded its ini­tial in­vest­ment of $20,000 into an ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of over $20 mil­lion with a pri­mary fo­cus on build­ing schol­ar­ship en­dow­ment. In light of this fact, Nutt said she in­vites any­one who has ever thought about at­tend­ing col­lege to ap­ply for ad­mis­sion to and avail­able schol­ar­ships at LSC-Tom­ball. Fi­nan­cially, there is a good rea­son to ap­ply. In April, LSCF raised over $450,000 as part of StarGala 2017, its an­nual sig­na­ture event to raise schol­ar­ship funds, funds which stu­dents can use to help pay for col­lege. “I have al­ways been, and con­tinue to be, a big sup­porter of the Lone Star Col­lege Foun­da­tion,” Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chan­cel­lor said shortly af­ter the event. “As a for­mer di­rec­tor of Fi­nan­cial Aid, I saw a def­i­nite need to make as many schol­ar­ships avail­able as pos­si­ble.” For re­cent LSC-Tom­ball stu­dent Ana Du­ran, hav­ing ac­cess to as many schol­ar­ships as pos­si­ble is great, but she says what sep­a­rates LSC-Tom­ball from other schools, is that as­sis­tance with schol­ar­ship money doesn’t stop once the stu­dent grad­u­ates. She said of col­lege per­son­nel, “They helped me get schol­ar­ship fund­ing to con­tinue my ed­u­ca­tion for a bach­e­lor’s de­gree.” Du­ran, who will at­tend the Univer­sity of Texas in the fall, was re­cently awarded $16,700 per year through The Terry Foun­da­tion Trans­fer Schol­ar­ship, a schol­ar­ship that’s awarded to non-tra­di­tional stu­dents who are trans­fer­ring from a Texas com­mu­nity col­lege or univer­sity and are work­ing to­ward their first bac­calau­re­ate de­gree. Du­ran, who could not speak a word of English when she moved to the Unites States in 2012, cred­its the help pro­vided by LSC-Tom­ball’s TRiO Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices, in se­cur­ing the schol­ar­ship to con­tinue her ed­u­ca­tion. “I am def­i­nitely grate­ful for ev­ery­thing I have re­ceived and I thank Lone Star Col­lege-Tom­ball and ev­ery­one in­volved with the schol­ar­ship I have now,” Du­ran said.

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