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Lone Star College Students Awarded Scholarships at 29th Annual Chancellor’s Donor Appreciation Lunch

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HOUSTON, TX – Students from across the Lone Star College system shared personal stories of achievement and commitment that helped them succeed in their education during the 29th annual Chancellor’s Donor Appreciation Lunch.

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PHOTO: Lone Star College hosted its annual Chancellor’s Donor Appreciation Lunch where supporters of LSC Foundation heard personal stories of success from LSC students. Pictured are: (back row left to right) Marrz Lundquist, LSC-CyFair; Destiny Ipina, LSC-Houston North; and Jonathan Amaya, LSC-Houston North. (Middle row, left to right) Shiza Rubab, LSC-North Harris; Tara Yeakey, LSC-Montgomery; Angelina Gamez, LSC-Montgomery; Urooj Rajput, LSC-University Park; Annette Preston, LSC-Tomball; Madison Terry, LSC-Tomball. (Front row, left to right) Elizabeth Guajardo, LSC-North Harris; Demarco Rodriguez, LSC-Kingwood, Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC Chancellor; Elizabeth Preston, LSC-Kingwood and Eric Rivas, LSC-CyFair. (Not pictured: Hien Doan, LSC-University Park)

“This event helps remind me what an important role Lone Star College plays in the lives of our students,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC Chancellor. “I am proud of their efforts and grateful to them for sharing their personal stories with our donors.”

The Chancellor’s Donor Appreciation Lunch, sponsored by Entergy Texas, Inc., recognized 14 LSC students, two from each college, for their winning essays. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship made possible by the generosity of LSC Foundation donors and supporters.




Eric Rivas, LSC-CyFair; Jonathan Amaya, LSC-Houston North; Elizabeth Preston, LSC-Kingwood; Tara Yeakey, LSC-Montgomery; Elizabeth Guajardo, LSC-Houston North; Madison Terry, LSC-Tomball; and Urooj Rajput, LSC-University Park were selected to read their essays to the lunch attendees.

LSC Foundation scholarships were also awarded to Marrz Lundquist, LSC-CyFair; Destiny Ipina, LSC-Houston North; Demarco Rodriguez, LSC-Kingwood; Angelina Gamez, LSC-Montgomery; Shiza Rubab, LSC-North Harris; Annette Preston, LSC-Tomball; and Hien Doan, LSC-University Park.

“Listening to these students share their stories was personally inspiring,” said Nicole Robinson Gauthier, CFRE, LSC Foundation Executive Director. “I am grateful to the many generous individuals, families, businesses and foundations which help Lone Star College students achieve their dreams with these scholarships.”

LSC students are invited to participate in the essay contest to write about “How my Lone Star College experience has influenced my life.” Winners are selected by campus committees before the lunch event, which was held Feb. 16 at the Lone Star Community Building in The Woodlands.




Excerpts from this year’s student essay winners who spoke at the Chancellor’s Donor Appreciation Lunch include:

Eric Rivas, LSC-CyFair:

“Through the course of one semester, I’ve matured in more ways than I could have imagined. From being an uninspired kid just riding life out to becoming an ambitious student who dreams of success, Lone Star College shifted not only the course of my academic career but of my life.”

Jonathan Amaya, LSC-Houston North:

“Lone Star College has shaped my life for the better, giving me determination, passion, support, and many life skills that I will use for the rest of my life. I hope to constantly keep growing and to continue to be a part of Lone Star College-Houston North.”

Elizabeth Preston, LSC-Kingwood:

“I am beyond grateful to have started my academic career at Lone Star College. I have learned that college is not easy, and as I embark on my second semester of college, my fearfulness has been replaced with reassurance that I will succeed.”




Tara Yeakey, LSC-Montgomery:

“Until enrolling at Lone Star College, I thought I had done all that I could do with my life. Now I know that I have only just begun, and I have so much potential. My family is very proud of the person I have evolved into and they are very supportive as well.”

Elizabeth Guajardo, LSC-North Harris:

“Lone Star College has given me a sense of commitment, shown me that we are all unified as a community for others, and provided me with a stable foundation upon which to build not only my academic, but my professional career, as well.”

Madison Terry, LSC-Tomball:

“As a first-generation college student, the opportunity to be a pre-professional leader, conduct insightful research and have international internship opportunities would not have been possible without the advocates from Lone Star College.”




Uroog Rajput, LSC-University Park:

“Lone Star College has completely changed my understanding of life and has taught me to be responsible, confident and organized; these skills are crucial to success. Can’t thank the college enough for shaping me into who I am today.”

Founded in 1991, LSC Foundation has expanded its initial investment of $20,000 into an extensive portfolio of over $39 million and has provided over $16.5 million in scholarships to nearly 18,000 students, as well as more than $8 million in program support since its inception. The mission of LSC Foundation is to change lives through student scholarships and quality educational programs achieved by excellence in relationship building, fundraising and investment management. Visit for more information.

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Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 93,000+ students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and has been named a 2021 Great Colleges to Work For® institution by the Chronicle of Higher Education and ranked 35th in Texas in the Forbes ‘America’s Best Employers By State’ list. LSC consists of eight colleges, seven centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence and Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit