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Chapelwood Foundation Summary Report 2016

Chapelwood Foundation Summary Report 2016

Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Recipients STUDENTS Mayen Aguilera – University of Houston Mitchell Alvizures – University of Texas Mario Arriaga – University of Houston Briana Bocanegra – Houston Baptist University Patricia Brown – Texas Southern University Taylor Brown – Sam Houston State University Lucy Camp – Harding University Juana Campos – Sam Houston State University Justin Carlin – Texas A&M University Joshua Castro-Donathen – Stephen F. Austin University Judith Chan – Texas A&M University Hunter Clay – Sam Houston State University Grace Chalker – University of North Texas Jonathan Dent – Oklahoma Baptist University Valerie Dietz – Texas A&M University Hannah Elias – Houston Community College Amanda Firenza – University of Houston Melody Ford – University of North Texas Homero Perez Flores – University of Houston Gabriela Gomez – Texas A&M University Jennifer Grier – Lone Star College John Michael Guynn – LeTourneau University Kayla Hankins – Sam Houston State University Gaby Hernandez – Texas A&M University Emily Hebert – Stephen F. Austin University Lauren Iozzio – Texas A&M University Savannah King – Del Mar College Alice Kintu – Stephen F. Austin University Tuan Le – Houston Community College Ryan Neal – Texas A&M University Ericka Mayorga – Sam Houston State University Mathew Dalton Menn – Texas Tech University Anna Mills – Baylor University Natividad Mosqueda – University of Houston - Downtown My Nguyen – Texas A&M University MyMy Nguyen – University of Texas Emanuel Parades – Texas A&M University Gregorio Parades – University of Texas Maribel Parades – Texas A&M University Idelia Perez – Texas A&M University Fatima Ramirez – University of Houston - Downtown Yenifer Rivas – Texas A&M University Amy Rodriguez – Colby College Sheila Rojas – University of Texas Jordan Rosales – University of Houston Ryan Rosales – University of Houston Ericka Sanchez – Texas A&M University Lizbeth Santiago – University of Houston Maria Santibanez – University of Texas - Dallas Aylin Gutierrez Serrano – University of Texas Alitzel Tovar Silva – Sam Houston State University Ngoc Tran – Texas A&M University 8

Scholarship Spotlight One of the things we admire most about the students in our Scholarship Program is their ability to overcome obstacles and keep moving toward their goals. When we first met Marvin Melgar in the Fall of 2016, we were instantly impressed by his resilience and persistence in situations that would have caused most of us to give up. Marvin came to the United States at the tender age of 10 from Honduras. He had been separated from his parents for seven years, and lived with an abusive relative. When he started elementary school in Spring Branch ISD, he spoke little English and was very shy. Through intensive ESL classes, he was able to attain academic success in middle school. He was that student who always raised his hand and tried harder than the other students. He was very focused on trying to be the best academically, but did not have many friends or participate in campus organizations. During his freshman year at Northbrook High School, he stepped out of his comfort zone, joined the band, and started volunteering with his peers. Marvin said, “I have realized that learning does not only come from being in class. I saw that by helping others and getting involved in the community, I could learn big lessons and make a contribution to society. I learned that friendship and collaboration are powerful ways of learning about myself.” During his time at Northbrook High School, Marvin continued to excel in and out of the classroom. He graduated tenth in his class and earned the respect of his teachers and friends. Christina Beeler, one of his Northbrook teachers, stated, “Most people do not have the determination and tenacity that Marvin possesses, and it is this resolve that makes me so sure that Marvin is going to succeed, become a leader, and make the world a better place with his drive and natural intellectual ability.” “Most people do not have the determination and tenacity that Marvin possesses, and it is this resolve that makes me so sure that Marvin is going to succeed, become a leader, and make the world a better place with his drive and natural intellectual ability.” – Christina Beeler, teacher at Northbrook Because of his aptitude for math, he decided early on that he wanted to become an engineer. He was accepted into his dream school, Texas A&M University. Unfortunately, Marvin’s father was laid off during his senior year and was not be able to provide any financial assistance to help with college. In addition, Marvin was not able to obtain enough financial aid to attend Texas A&M without taking a huge amount of loans. However, Marvin did not give up on his dreams of engineering or Texas A&M. He soon discovered a new program called the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Houston Community College. This innovative co-enrollment program provides a pathway to students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at Texas A&M University. Engineering students in the program enroll in math, science and core curriculum courses through HCC and have the unique opportunity to enroll in Texas A&M Engineering courses taught by Texas A&M faculty on the HCC campus. Students can spend a minimum of one year or a maximum of two years co-enrolled at HCC before transitioning full time to Texas A&M University in College Station to finish their bachelor’s degree. When we met Marvin, he still had one more hurdle to overcome. He needed a special laptop computer for his engineering classes, but did not have the funds to purchase it. The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee knew that this was just the type of student we wanted to help achieve their educational goals. The Foundation was able to buy the laptop for him and cover some of his tuition and book costs. Marvin was then ready to begin the school year with all the tools he needed to succeed. And, succeed he did! Marvin made a 4.0 during the fall semester and continues to excel in all his classes. We are incredibly proud of Marvin and all he has been able to accomplish. The Scholarship Committee feels privileged to be able to be a part of his educational journey for the next three years. When we renewed Marvin’s scholarship for the spring semester, he expressed his gratitude by writing, “I want to thank you and the Chapelwood Foundation for giving me the support to achieve my dreams. You all are the reason I was able to attend college, and I want to make sure that I give my thanks to each and every one of you. I hope to make you all proud and I will continue to give it my best!” 9