HOUSTON—The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Foundation awarded four sponsored scholarships to local high school seniors from Aldine, Klein and Spring Independent School Districts (ISDs) last week. From Victory Early College High School, Jerriah White received a scholarship sponsored by Tracy Jones CPA, LLC.; from Klein Collins High School, Kristie Yim received a scholarship sponsored by Lone Star College – University Park; from Carl Wunsche Senior High School, Jazmine Carothers received a scholarship sponsored by Noble Energy; and from Benjamin O. Davis High School, Kenia Guevara received a scholarship in absentia from Windwood Church. The recipients also received special proclamations from Congressman Kevin Brady, District 8 and Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Harris County Precinct 4.
The Annual Scholarship Luncheon, held on Thursday, April 11 at Klein Multipurpose Center, included a panel of local superintendents: Dr. Bret Champion, Klein ISD; Dr. Rodney Watson, Spring ISD; and Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Aldine ISD. These extraordinary leaders shared the state of education in their respective districts and the opportunities they have to collaborate and even pray together when possible. Their respect for each other and camaraderie captivated and encouraged attendees.
This year several students were awarded with CTE (Career and Technical Education) Industry-based Certification Awards thanks to generous donations from Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Barbara Schlattman of Barbara Schlattman Interiors. The CTE awardees are: from Aldine ISD, Ariany Fuentes (in absentia) and Omar Romero (in absentia); from Klein ISD, Ayisat Adegbindin (in absentia), Millicent Day (in absentia), Xavier Bachmund, Jordyn Johnson and Kimberly Edwards; and from Spring ISD, Ana Rosales.
“The impact for students and their families is significant. The college scholarships will fund a large portion of a student’s associate degree studies at Lone Star College. The industry-based certification awards will allow students to obtain credentials that will open doors for internships, entry-level employment, or support their admission into a college program related to the student’s career pathway of interest. As a representative from the Career and Technical Education departments of the three service school districts, I am proud to be a part of a community that recognizes that every student must be career ready, despite the educational attainment needed – high school, 2- or 4-year college and beyond,” said Deborah-Bronner-Westerduin, Klein ISD Department of Career & Technical Education.
A special honor was bestowed on Larry Lipton, Allstate Insurance – The Lipton Agency, for his ongoing support of local law enforcement. The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce recognized him by seeding a Lone Star College Scholarship to be endowed through gifts through the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Scholarship, once fully endowed, will carry his name: The Larry Lipton Law Enforcement-Criminal Justice Scholarship.
“A volunteer like Larry has every award and plaque a Chamber can give, and one more just didn’t seem meaningful. We are inviting community members to offer tax-deductible contributions so that the fund can reach a level to endow this Law Enforcement - Criminal Justice scholarship so that a deserving student will benefit each year,” said Barbara Thomason, president of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.
Upon presenting Larry Lipton with the plaque, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman contributed the first donation: “What an honor it is to be the first $500 contributor to this great cause in my good friend Larry Lipton’s name. Larry is a pillar of our community.”
Attendees of the luncheon also enjoyed a performance by the Aldine McArthur Jazz Band, desserts by the Klein Culinary Arts students, centerpieces by the Klein ISD CTE Floral Students, and the colors posted by the Spring ISD Law Enforcement Honor Guard of Carl Wunsche Sr. High School. The Klein Culinary Arts instructors and students also assisted the caterer, Adriatic Cafe Spring, in serving a delicious buffet. The event was sponsored by Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Texas Central with table sponsorships by Aldine ISD, Klein ISD, Spring ISD, Our Lady of the Lake University, and Constable Mark Herman.
“We impact the lives of current and future leaders and this scholarship luncheon is one of the highlights of our year. It’s truly a heart-warming event to see the healthy collaboration of educators and businesses alike” says Leslie Sloan, membership development manager and staff liaison for the Education-Workforce Development Committee of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.
For more about the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and to sponsor a future scholarship for a local high school senior visit www.houstonnwchamber.org or call (281) 440-4160. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Larry Lipton Law Enforcement-Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund, checks may be made out to the Lone Star College Foundation with The Larry Lipton Endowed Scholarship written in the memo and mailed to 5000 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381.