Katie Emmons was awarded the 2017 Scholarship of $1000 on behalf of HAGA.
College: Texas A&M University
Degree Program: B.A. in Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts
Katie was referred by HAGA member Ryan Emmons.
Here is a portion of Katie’s Scholarship Application Essay:
“Growing up I was constantly involved within my local community. Whether it was through my church youth group or my extra-curricular dance activities, I was always participating in something. Working within the community is truly one of the best reality checks you can experience. It teaches you that there is so much more to life than personal wants and needs. One of my most favorite experiences to partake in was in Shreveport, Louisiana at one of the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
While we were there, the hospital was facilitating a special program based out of the country of Panama. The hospital had worked to bring children in need of major orthopedic surgeries to the United States to receive proper care and rehabilitation opportunities. Some of these children were already in town during our visit. In between helping the hospital staff with some of their housekeeping needs, we got to spend our free time in the activity rooms with these children and their families. The genuine joy they possessed resonated in everything they did, and it is something I cannot adequately describe. Some of these families left everything they had behind, including jobs and other family members, to live in the hospital in a foreign country anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Even through all of the change and stress this brought, they were still so gracious and thankful for everything. Talk about a reality check.
Participating within your community teaches lessons that you cannot gain in a classroom at school. The involvement is a humbling reminder that there is more to this world than you and your wants.
A college education acts as a bridge to success for the future. Apart from time and financial management, a college student is exposed to a diverse set of people all containing different backgrounds and beliefs. A college degree reaps great benefits, both physical and developmental, that cannot be easily accessed elsewhere. From possessing future financial stability and learning key life lessons, college is an important adventure to be partake in. The experience can be very costly, but the reward is worth it.”
Congratulations to 2017 Scholarship Recipient Avery Cortez
Avery Cortez was awarded the 2017 Scholarship of $500 on behalf of HAGA.
High School: Jersey Village High School
College: Houston Baptist University
Degree Program: Education
Avery was referred by HAGA member Tiki Campbell.
Here is a portion of Avery’s Scholarship Application Essay:
“Full circle, is what I like to think that all my sporting activities have put me through, and I am grateful to be accepting a partial scholarship to attend Houston Baptist University and continue my love for soccer while being able to further my education.
I have been a part of many community service opportunities, but the one nearest to my heart is helping coach children’s soccer. To see the excitement on the kids’ faces when they achieve their goals, whether it be up front and putting the ball in the back of the net for the game winning goal, or all of the way in the back and stopping the ball at the net, always touches me. The kids at this age are so eager to learn and looking for direction and I take pride in knowing that I have had a part in making their little heads and hearts a little more confident and a little more motivated. It has also helped me to hold my head higher and to try a little more every day to make the right decisions in order to be a good role model.”
Congratulations to the 2016 Scholarship Recipient Brianna Rivera
Brianna Rivera was awarded the 2016 Scholarship of $2000 ($1000 on behalf of HAGA and a $1000 donation from Bosshamer Glass, a long time member and supporter of the Association.)
High School: Chinquapin Preparatory School, Highlands, Texas
College: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Degree Program: Business Administration in Marketing and Media Management
Here is a portion of Brianna’s Scholarship Application Essay:I have played soccer my whole life. It has basically taught me to be the person that I am today.
Team player. Go Getter. Disciplined. Self-Confident. Focused. Committed. Not that I am not humbled. Believe me, when you take 50 – 60 shots on goal, and only score 13 times in a season, it looks great on your sports report, but the ones missed are remembered just as much, if not more, than the ones made.
Full circle, is what I like to think that all my sporting activities have put me through, and I am grateful to be accepting a partial scholarship to attend Houston Baptist University and continue my love for soccer while being able to further my education.
I have been a part of many community service opportunities, but the one nearest to my heart is helping coach children’s soccer. To see the excitement on the kids’ faces when they achieve their goals, whether it be up front and putting the ball in the back of the net for the game winning goal, or all of the way in the back and stopping the ball at the net, always touches me. The kids at this age are so eager to learn and looking for direction and I take pride in knowing that I have had a part in making their little heads and hearts a little more confident and a little more motivated. It has also helped me to hold my head higher and to try a little more every day to make the right decisions in order to be a good role model.
I am eager to attend HBU so that I may further my education and be able to, one day, formally train children in my sport. I am looking forward to studying education in order to continue the path that I have set forth for myself in molding children to be the best that they can be. My goal is to one day be a High School Girls’ Soccer Coach and an Educator. This has been my dream since I was young and I am happy to say that my goal is coming closer and closer every day. My college education is the most important thing at this point, so that I may reach my goal and I will be able to help propel other children into reaching their goals as so many others have helped me.
“I haven’t won the lottery. Nor have I seen the Seven Wonders of the World. I haven’t witnessed a shooting star, and yet, I still consider myself to be extremely fortunate. I have, through my community and parent’s support, received a wonderful and holistic education. I attended Chinquapin Preparatory School, a private school for low-income Houston youth, from 6th to 12th grade. There, I received a quality education in a nurturing environment. However, because all students attending Chinquapin receive a scholarship covering a majority of tuition, there is a huge emphasis on the school’s motto of “Quid pro quo” or something for something. To instill a sense of ownership in its students, Chinquapin requires that all students give back to the school, everyday, by completing chores on campus. The students are, in effect, the custodians, landscapers, and even chef assistants. My sophomore year, I was fortunate enough to be entrusted with the role of chore captain. I was assigned an area of campus and a group of students that I was to supervise.
In addition, community service in the Greater Houston area has always been very important to me. Two years ago, my grandfather was diagnosed with Leukemia. Although his condition was once critical, through the magnificent care he received at MD Anderson Cancer Center, he is now more stable. I couldn’t be more thankful to the people of MD Anderson for helping my grandfather in his fight against cancer and feel I owe the same care to the current patients. It is because of this, that I have committed to serve as a Pediatric Patient Advocate advocating for pediatric patient’s rights and serving as a liaison between staff, family, and the patients. In addition, I am an unpaid, Public Relations and Development intern at “The Community Cloth” a microenterprise based in Houston that helps empower refugee women through the selling of artisan products. During my year studying abroad in Brazil, I volunteered as a English teacher for local students and built my own English as a Second Language curriculum.
As a first-generation college student, I feel a huge responsibility to my parents and grandparents to receive a college degree for their decades of sacrifice and hard work. In addition, I feel that higher education is the only way to position myself to have a successful career in founding my own non-profit in the Houston area. My education extends beyond me, it is for my family, it is for everyone who has believed in me-it is for Houston.”
Congratulations to the the 2015 Scholarship Recipient
Caleb Lucas, son of Luke and Viveanne Lucas, was awarded $1,000 on behalf of HAGA for his college education.
High school: Kempner High School in Sugarland, Texas
Attending Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in California
Degree program: Ministry Leadership
Here is a portion of Caleb’s Scholarship Application Essay:
“In my time as a Boy Scout I gave myself to countless hours spent doing street and park clean ups, community projects, and volunteering in food banks. It was part of the culture, creating young men who are known for their good deeds and love for people. This life of service flowed right over into my time at my church. My church has a core value of impacting the community in such a way that the community would know that good would always be done by the people of God and representing the goodness of God by being His Hands and feet in the world. This took me all over the world. I went to Mexico, Indonesia, and many US states all for the one goal, to serve and love the local people during mission trips. I believe that every person in the world is important and valuable, so in that, it was and is important for me to help others. To show them that they deserve love in the form of selfless service. This is a huge part of my life to this day and I’m committed to it being a huge part of my life forever.
The second theme that has been important in my life is my education. I spent my high school years in Sugar Land, TX at Kempner High School and that was a great experience. I excelled in the music program and eventually became the leader of the marching band, I was the the Drum Major. I had advanced with this passion so much, to the point where I wanted to make music my career. I quickly merged my passion for music and the local church. I decided that I would move to California and attend a well known school called Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Here I have and am continuing to learn about leadership skills along side of learning more about music and music production. This school has been a key role in me learning how to be an influential leader in the world. I’m learning about service, leadership, and how to just live my life well. I’m truly enjoying it. I have a few more years here and I could not be more excited!”
Nicholas attends University of Houston and is studying Computer Information Systems in the College of Business. He participated in the YIP (Youth in Philanthropy) program in high school and credits the YIP program with changing not only his way of thinking but the way it continues to change his life.
“As I sit here and write this essay I am reminded of all the people I helped, all the people I can still help, those who need my time and effort, more than I need to be on my computer or hanging out with my friends. I continue to remind myself that a little time can mean a world of difference.”
Congratulations to all the prior winners!
2013 Scholarship Recipient – Michiko McMahon
2012 Scholarship Recipient – Cody Newnom 2011 Scholarship Recipient – Taylor Polaniec 2010 Scholarsip Recipient – Macey Freudensprung 2009 Scholarship Recipient – Chelsea Wisniske