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Howard Hughes Corp. Awards 20 Scholarships to Local High School Graduates

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UPDATED 6/15: Name corrections made

THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE:HHC) is pleased to continue its annual tradition for over 35 years, awarding 20 college scholarships to local high school graduates from The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, Bridgeland High School, Grand Oaks High School, Magnolia West High School, Oak Ridge High School, Tomball High School and Willis High School. Howard Hughes is also funding four additional college scholarships through an endowment at Lone Star College System, committed to helping community youths pursue a college education. 

Over 360 scholarships have been awarded to graduates throughout the past decades by The Howard Hughes Corporation, the developer whose award-winning portfolio of master planned communities include The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills® and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston area. The scholarship awards to local high school students are the result of an educational funding initiative by Howard Hughes which began in the 1980s. The endowment at Lone Star College System was started in 1998 and its first scholarship was awarded in 2001. 

The 20 scholarships for recent high school graduates are comprised of one Cy-Fair Education Foundation Scholarship (through an endowment), five from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship (funded in lieu of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration that was canceled this year due to the pandemic), two Howard Hughes Executive Club scholarships, one Gerald D. Irons, Sr. scholarship, and 11 general scholarships. 


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“We believe in the importance of investing in education and the future of young minds and are proud to award scholarships to these promising students,” said Heath Melton, Executive Vice President, MPC Residential for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Their future awaits, and we are delighted to support their higher education endeavors, as we’ve done for many other high school graduates over the past decades.” 

The awarding of scholarships is part of the HHCares community-focused philanthropic funding and volunteerism program in which Howard Hughes contributes in the Houston region to over 130 local causes of nonprofit organizations each year. 

“We congratulate these students and wish them the best in their future academics and career,” said Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Through our HHCares initiative, we are able to assist our local communities in many ways, both financially and through volunteerism.”




Local scholarship winners from the recent high school graduates include: 

2021 Cy-Fair Educational Foundation 

  • Mark Bentick, Bridgeland High School, attending University of Texas Austin 

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarships: 

  • Jenny Hoffmeister, College Park The Woodlands High School, attending Texas A&M University 
  • Mia Arnsworth, Conroe High School, attending University of Texas Arlington 
  • Nickolas Ramirez, Conroe High School, attending Sam Houston State University 
  • Bria Briley, Grand Oaks High School, attending University of Texas at Austin 
  • Santiago Rueda, Magnolia West High School, attending Texas A&M University 

2021 Howard Hughes Executive Club scholarships: 

  • Ian Pedroza, The Woodlands College Park High School, attending University of Pennsylvania 
  • Erin Mack, The Woodlands High School, attending Auburn University 


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2021 Gerald D. Irons, Sr. scholarship: 

  • Kobe Brown, Oak Ridge High School, attending University of Texas Arlington 

2021 General scholarships: 

  • Karen Morgado, Bridgeland High School, attending Prairie View A&M University and then Baylor University 
  • Andrew Nichols, Bridgeland High School, attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 
  • Dillon Winkler, Bridgeland High School, attending Blinn College and Texas A&M University 
  • Makenzie Hazen, The Woodlands College Park High School, attending Clemson University 
  • Abekwurundah Ejilemele, The Woodlands High School, attending MIT 
  • Mallory Kent, The Woodlands High School, attending University of Oregon 
  • Hayley Hudgens, Tomball High School, attending Southern Methodist University 
  • Caitlin-Rose Ibe, Tomball High School, attending Wellesley College 
  • Lauren Schindewolf, Tomball High School, attending Texas A&M University 
  • Brendan Watson, Tomball High School, attending Ouachita Baptist University 
  • Tonya Benevidez, Willis High School, attending Sam Houston State University 




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The Woodlands is a 28,500-acre master planned community located 27 miles north of downtown Houston. Throughout its 47-year history, The Woodlands has led the way among master planned communities that practice environmental preservation. It is home to 119,000 people, and over 66,000 people work in the community. The Woodlands is one of the most successful master planned communities in Texas and the nation. The Woodlands was named “Trailblazer of the Year” in 2018 by the Greater Houston Builders Association. The community was also named “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2019, 2017, 2016 and 2007 and “Master Planned Community of the Year” in 2015, 2010 and 2007 by the Greater Houston Builders Association. For more information, visit For additional details, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. 

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Bridgeland is an 11,500-acre master planned community located in Cypress, Texas and is ranked as the top-selling master planned community in Houston and #9 in the nation. The award-winning development opened in 2006 and offers a wide variety of housing options and extensive outdoor amenities, with a strong emphasis on conserving and enhancing the natural environment. Bridgeland has over 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, and offers resort-style pools, disc-golf course, stocked lakes and complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boats and other recreational equipment for residents. Lakeland Village Center® is the first of four retail centers in Bridgeland, with additional plans for Bridgeland Central, a 900-acre future town center, along Grand Parkway, which intersects the community. Bridgeland is a development of The Howard Hughes Corporation®. 




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Opened in the summer of 2018, The Woodlands Hills is an award-winning 2,000-acre master planned community offering an abundance of nature-inspired amenities, eventually featuring approximately 112 acres of open space. The acclaimed 17-acre Founders Park provides an Activity Center as its focal point with indoor and outdoor space, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a yoga/events lawn. Founders Park also features leisure and fitness pools, lazy river, sprayground, an innovative playground, a dog park and tennis courts. Forested trails as well as dedicated bike lanes on major connectors are available for the community to enjoy. With the newly-opened Sue Luce’s Daisy Park and Rick and Roz Dauzat Peace Park, The Woodlands Hills will eventually be home to 20 neighborhood parks. The Woodlands Hills was recently recognized as a Quality Planned Development™ by the West Houston Association and North Houston Association. For more information, visit and like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned cities and communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative place making, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC.