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Scholarship, Philanthropy Celebrated at 15th Annual Scholarship Banquet

The future is not only bright; it’s Cougar Red. Fort Bend County and University of Houston dignitaries, gathered at the UH Sugar Land Campus to recognize the academic accomplishments of students at the UH Sugar Land 15th Annual Scholarship Dinner. 

“We congratulate all of our scholarship recipients and express our sincerest thanks to the generous donors who support their academic dedication,” said Robert McPherson, UH Sugar Land interim associate provost for academic affairs and operations. “These students are tremendous representatives of scholarship.”

The event, underwritten by the Fred and Mabel Parks Foundation, was held at the UH Sugar Land Campus Brazos Hall and featured dinner service from Safari Texas Ranch.

Two students addressed the audience to tell their stories of personal and academic accomplishment, and of the importance of their scholarship support.

Read about Shay Ugoh, UH College of Social Work student and Alumni and Friends Scholarship Recipient.

Read about Rene Fenner, UH School of Nursing Second Degree BSN student, George Foundation Nursing Scholarship Recipient.

The scholarship recipients represented a number of disciplines including the UHSL inaugural programs from the School of Nursing and the College of Technology’s Digital Media program. Congratulations to these students with special thanks to their benefactors:

The UH Ft. Bend Alumni Association Scholarship

  • Ashley Abraham
  • Mirza Mohammed Baig
  • Richard Liu
  • Lauren Phelgley

The Alton L. Warren & Carolyn F. Warren Endowed Scholarship  

  • Angela Lin

The Bill & A.J. Yeoman Endowment Scholarship

  • Venancz Patrovics

The Alumni & Friends Scholarship

  • Jennifer Lynds
  • Nicholas Morrow
  • Shermanna Ugoh

The Darren & Tatiana Etlinger Scholarship

  • Mary Ezebuiro

The Marjorie Akers Hilty Gurasich Endowed Scholarship

  • Laura Respondek

The Michel Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Mercedes Hernandez

The Mike Baldwin Endowed Scholarship

  • Saif Sattani

The George Foundation Scholarship

  • Hala Abdo
  • Rama Abdo
  • Farah Aboudaoud
  • Hina Afsar
  • Dimicho Albert Jr
  • Ashmal Ali
  • Michelle Alley
  • Sarah Ansari
  • Taleed Atieh
  • Promita Awal
  • Rohit Budhani
  • Micah Bullock
  • Jenny Chang
  • Hao-Hsiang Chen
  • Yishan Chen
  • Hanh Chu
  • Mykalea Cupp-Vasquez
  • Ashley Dang
  • Ali Elsaadi
  • Reem Elsaadi
  • Zubaida Faisal
  • Merziya Gaffar
  • Tania Garcia Gonzalez
  • Melissa Grimaldo
  • Nawaz Gulamhusein
  • Tazeem Gulamhusein
  • Barbara Herrera
  • Hongyi Hou
  • Tonya Huynh
  •  Adnan Imran
  • Mostafa Lashgari
  • Pong Law
  • Jennifer Le
  • Jenny Le
  • Julie Le
  • Yule-John Lin
  • Sibing Liu
  • Marcos Lozano
  • Abdul Mahmood
  • Dua Mahmood
  • Sahar Zafar Mahmood
  • Jacob Mclaney
  • Lara Moaty
  • Obaidullah Moton
  • Marivel Perez
  • Khoi Pham
  • Laura Respondek
  • Jennifer Rivera
  • Ivan Rosas
  • Sara Schmidt
  • Humza Sheikh
  • Jennifer Shen
  • Oscar Zuniga Anzaldo

The George Foundation Nursing Scholarship

  • Syed Abbas
  • Sayeeda Ali
  • Ijeoma Anyanwu
  • Caitlin Bearicks
  • Kelsey Brown
  • Lindsey Burkholder
  • Carolina Cornel
  • Amanda Carandell
  • Kaitlan Dziuk
  • Dorte Equitz
  • Christina Fenner
  • Nicole Hidalgo
  • Samuel Hopkins
  • Iris Machuca
  • Denice Mayorga
  • Farah Momin
  • Vanessa Nunez
  • Jenna Ralph
  • Rameez Zaveri

The Ed Rachal Foundation

  • Heena Akbarali

The Esther Sandoval Scholarship

  • Bailey Wind

The Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation

  • Fereshteh Abuzar
  • Gloria Banuelos
  • Mauricio Campos
  • Dorte Equitz
  • Cheryl George
  • Joana Gonzalez
  • Kirstin Stenoien
  • Xing Zhang

The Friends of Nursing Scholarship

  • Mary Margaruite Ruiz

The Good Samaritan Foundation

  • Christina Rosser

The Gulf Coast Medical Foundation

  • Mark Yap

The Montgomery Family Trust Nursing Scholarship

  • Hilary Butella
  • Augustine Enehikhuerre
  • Barzilai Escalante
  • Melissa Goode

The John McNeill, D.O. Nursing Scholarship

  • Danielle Bragg

The John S. Dunn Foundation

  • Heather Mansker
  • Rose Munuve-Akinnola
  • Aaron Pongvachararak

The Vivian L. Smith Foundation

  • Jennifer Aguilar
  • Sharleen Botero
  • Yelineth Bradburn
  • Erika Brown
  • Ashley Clay
  • Kayla McMillan
  • Ashton McPartland
  • Cathryn Ritchie
  • Morgan Schaefer
  • Shannon Shulby
  • Hailee Suisse

(Images: Zain Ali)