Youth In Philanthropy, a collaborative project between the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, The George Foundation and school districts within the county, hosted an end-of-the-year banquet and scholarship presentation last month.
High school seniors and juniors from throughout the County participated on different teams and met peers from other parts of Fort Bend. They learned about the importance of community service and teamwork.
More than 100 scholarships were presented at the event, and Stafford Municipal School District represented itself extremely well, with seven of its students earning scholarships through the program.
The George Foundation presented three $5,000 scholarships, and Stafford junior Breanna Presley was awarded one of them. Dee Koch of The George Foundation read Presley’s essay before an audience of 2,000 people.
After the ceremony, Presley met U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who jokingly asked her to “pinky-swear” that she wouldn’t run against him in an election, until he decided to retire.
Stafford seniors Theresa Tran, Eli Washington and Uvie Bikomo, and junior Maraki Samuel were awarded $1,500 scholarships. SHS seniors Frances Narvaez and Jennifer Say were presented $1,000 Community Service Scholarships.
“I am so impressed with the idea that students were required to engage in community service to qualify for a scholarship,” Stafford High Principal Misti Morgan said. “The program really develops character. Through Community Service programs, they built a skill that will stay with them for a lifetime.”
Tran, who received her scholarship from the Fort Bend Medical Society, plans on studying pre-Medicine at Texas A&M, with plans of becoming a Neurologist.
Washington and Bikomo each received their scholarship from the Smart Financial Credit Union. Washington plans to study Construction Management at UT-San Antonio, and Bikomo is going to major in Political Science at Texas A&M.
Samuel received her scholarship from the Primeway Federal Credit Union.
Narvaez is going to attend Texas Tech as a Civil Engineering major, and Say will study Business at Wharton County Junior College.
“The ‘Youth In Philanthropy’ program was really fun,” Narvaez said. “We got to know our teammates. It was pretty cool.”
There will be an event in the near future for the scholarship recipients to meet representatives from the organizations that presented them with scholarships.