Lone Star Col­lege-Mont­gomery stu­dent awarded pres­ti­gious trans­fer schol­ar­ship

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This award is given to non-tra­di­tional stu­dents who are trans­fer­ring from a Texas com­mu­nity col­lege or univer­sity and are work­ing to­ward their first bac­calau­re­ate de­gree. It cov­ers ap­prox­i­mately 65 per­cent of the scholar’s cost of at­ten­dance.

In high school, Gu­tier­rez would have pre­ferred fo­cus­ing on stud­ies, but fi­nan­cial con­straints had him work­ing ap­prox­i­mately 20 hours a week start­ing his sopho­more year. Dur­ing his se­nior year, he even worked as a jan­i­tor in his own school.

“I was ac­cepted by sev­eral state uni­ver­si­ties,” said Gu­tier­rez. “How­ever, a lack of fi­nances kept me from pur­su­ing these op­por­tu­ni­ties. I knew LSC-Mont­gomery was a strong school with small class sizes, plus it was af­ford­able and close to home so I at­tended there.”

Gu­tier­rez worked hard and stud­ied harder. He re­ceived two as­so­ciates de­grees from LSC-Mont­gomery. All the while he worked at least 30 hours a week. Dur­ing the sum­mer of 2016 he took 13 credit hours while work­ing 32 hours per week and still ended up get­ting straight A’s. This sum­mer there were times he was work­ing 60-70 hours a week, again as a jan­i­tor for Con­roe ISD and as an LSC Po­lice Depart­ment Park­ing In­spec­tor. He took a lot of math­e­mat­ics classes at LSC-Mont­gomery. “I truly en­joy math, all my aca­demic role mod­els I have looked up to were al­ways math teach­ers,” said Gu­tier­rez. “The pro­fes­sors at LSC-Mont­gomery were very help­ful. Many worked with me out­side of class if I was strug­gling.”

“Is­rael is so many things: tena­cious, in­tel­li­gent, funny, and friendly,” said LSCMont­gomery math pro­fes­sor David Ben­zel. “But the trait I most ad­mire is his strong work ethic. He is one of the hard­est work­ing stu­dents I know.”

“I work with amaz­ing stu­dents at LSCMont­gomery, but Is­rael is part of the ‘hall of fame’ in my mind,” said Dr. Juan Lebron, LSC-Mont­gomery fac­ulty coun­selor. “He has a fire about him. From the mo­ment I met him I was blown away by his in­tense de­sire to trans­form his life and be­come a pro­fes- sional en­gi­neer.”

Gu­tier­rez will at­tend the Univer­sity of Hous­ton, this fall study­ing engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics. He wants to start his ca­reer work­ing as an en­gi­neer and plans to teach math when he re­tires.

“Dur­ing my free time at LSC-Mont­gomery I also tu­tored in math­e­mat­ics and chem­istry,” said Gu­tier­rez “I en­joy help­ing stu­dents, it makes me feel like I am mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence. It fits nicely with one of my life goals: to mo­ti­vate and lead by ex­am­ple. If you set a goal, stay com­mit­ted, and mo­ti­vated you can achieve it. I can­not be­lieve I am a Terry Scholar. That award is a dream come true. I will get a bach­e­lor’s de­gree debt free. Com­ing from a fam­ily that was low in­come and work­ing class I never im­aged say­ing those words. Nei­ther my mother nor my fa­ther had the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive a diploma in their home coun­try. Thanks to this LSC-Mont­gomery and this schol­ar­ship, I will have a new life wait­ing for me, one that I did not ex­pect and I am very grate­ful for it.”

The Terry Foun­da­tion’s mis­sion is to im­prove and de­velop the state of Texas by award­ing schol­ar­ships to Texas stu­dents to at­tend the state’s finest pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties. The Foun­da­tion hopes that these stu­dents will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the fu­ture lead­er­ship of the state and na­tion.

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