Student Scholarship Winners Honored at Luncheon

Interim Dean Leigh Van Horn from the UHD College of Public Service recently hosted a luncheon for C3 (Campus to Community Coalition) Service Learning Transfer Scholarship recipients to recognize their contributions to service in the community. Eight $1,000 scholarships were awarded to transfer students who met the scholarship requirements. The students had transferred at least 30 hours from San Jacinto Community College and Lone Star College, had a minimum GPA of 3.0 and had a strong record of service.

The awardees are Angelica Armenta, education major; Jacqueline Bui, biology major; Amanda Carnes, education major; Elysia Gomez, psychology major with a minor in business; Namrata Kaystha, computer science major; Teri Mills, psychology major; Apexa Patel, accounting major; and Heather Westover, urban education major. The students also contributed to a short video sharing their stories of success and commitment to community service.

UHD President Bill Flores, formerly the board president of C3 where the funding originated, attended the event and recognized the awardees. Also in attendance were Noel Bezette-Flores, executive director for the Center for Public Service and Family Strength (CPSFS); Liza Alonzo, assistant dean of Students; Tomikia LeGrande, dean of Enrollment Management; and Paulette Purdy, director of College Administration and Operations for the College of Public Service.

This is an inaugural scholarship that will be awarded annually from the CPSFS, housed in the College of Public Service. The mission of CPSFS is to promote public service, family strengths and civic engagement at UHD, to build partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions, and public and private agencies and corporations.

The Center enhances the educational experiences of UHD students, PK-12 students and teachers, and the quality of life of residents of the Houston community through collaborations, research studies, publication of an academic journal, and programs that reinforce academic learning and civic values among students, foster ethnic and racial harmony, strengthen families, advocate for underrepresented individuals and families, and facilitate the dissemination of best family-centered practices.

UHD Scholarships

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Students Receive Inaugural Award for Community Service Excellence

Two outstanding students were recently recognized for their volunteerism and leadership and selected to receive the inaugural Dr. William V. Flores and Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores student award for Community Service Excellence. "The winners of this award have demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteerism and community engagement," said President Flores. "I am proud to recognize these students who have made a difference in their communities and in the lives of those they serve."

With community engagement a hallmark of UHD, this award will continue to recognize those outstanding students whose efforts to serve and support the Houston community reflect the mission of the University.

$500 scholarship


To be eligible for the award, student must have a 2.5 GPA, 100 hours of community service and submit a two-page essay detailing how service plays a role in their lives.

2014 Awardees:

Wendy Ramirez was awarded a student award for Community Service Excellence. Ramirez volunteers at the Casa Juan Diego, a homeless shelter for immigrant families, where she spent time as a child. Her future plans include attending medical school so that she can help others, as she and her mother already help to care for her paralyzed father. At UHD, Ramirez is a member of Scholars Academy, a tutor and peer mentor. She is also a member of the Student Government Association and Health Professions Organizations.

Heide Laser was awarded a student award for Community Service Excellence. Laser is a volunteer case manager with the Harris County Jail's Mentoring Moms Program, where she designs service plan for expectant clients that connect them with community-based resources depending on their needs. Laser assisted with the homeless youth count and she is currently a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society for Leadership and Success, and will graduate Magna Cum Laude in May.


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