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Howard Hughes Corp. Establishes Annual Gerald Dr. Irons, Sr. Scholarship

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) has recently presented a scholarship to graduating senior Kobe Brown from Oak Ridge High School. The award represents the first-ever Gerald D. Irons, Sr. scholarship in honor of the late Gerald D. Irons, Sr., who passed away April 1, 2021.

Gerald D. Irons, Sr. Scholarship Plaque Presentation.
PHOTO: The Howard Hughes Corporation® establishes the first annual Gerald D. Irons, Sr. Scholarship awarded to Kobe Brown (center), graduating senior from Oak Ridge High School. In the photo from left to right are Lorrie Parise, Director- PR & Community Relations for Howard Hughes; Gerald Irons, Jr., Myrna Irons and Grant Irons; and Jim Carman, President – Houston Region for Howard Hughes.

The recipient was selected from Oak Ridge High School. Gerald D. Irons, Sr. Junior High School feeds into Oak Ridge High School. Both schools serve Conroe ISD. A selection committee from Oak Ridge High School selected Brown as the recipient. He will be attending the University of Texas Arlington. Brown also attended Gerald D. Irons, Sr. Junior High School before proceeding to high school. 




Mr. Irons served as an exemplary leader and volunteer of The Woodlands community for over 40 years. He had a 32-year career as Vice President of Business Development for The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Howard Hughes, and served on the Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees for nearly 22 years. He and his entire family were named as one of the original The Woodlands Hometown Heroes in 1999. Mr. Irons was a leader on the football field as well, playing 10 years in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns. 

“We are honored to present our first annual Gerald D. Irons, Sr. scholarship, which we know followed the philanthropic principles in which Gerald believed,” said Jim Carman, President – Houston Region for Howard Hughes. “Gerald’s commitment and dedication to The Woodlands was incredible, and we are proud to facilitate a scholarship in his name to a deserving graduating senior. Kobe has a bright future ahead with his academic endeavors. We thank the Irons’ family for joining us to celebrate his scholarship presentation.”




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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 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, Hawaiʻi. 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 placemaking, 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. For additional information visit