Baytown City Councilman to award $500 scholarship at Lee College basketball game

Any LC student at Dec. 9 game could win scholarship from Charles Johnson of District No. 3

Baytown City Councilman Charles Johnson at Lee College
Baytown City Councilman Charles Johnson of District 3 is donating $500 to help a Lee College student fund his or her education. Johnson will award the scholarship at the Dec. 9 basketball home game as part of a raffle and half-court shooting challenge with a special twist.

BAYTOWN, TX — One Lee College student who attends the Runnin’ Rebel home basketball game against Lone Star College — Tomball on Saturday, Dec. 9, will walk away from the Sports Arena with a $500 scholarship, courtesy of Baytown City Councilman Charles Johnson.

Johnson, a Lee College alumnus who campaigned for the District 3 council seat on the slogan “We Are ‘IT’: Improving Together,” is donating the scholarship money in hopes of giving a student the boost needed to fund his or her education and improve the future both for the recipient and his or her family.

“I really enjoyed my time at Lee College, learned so much and made new connections. Now I have the opportunity to pay it forward,” said Johnson, who graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling and later returned to earn a credential in Child Development. His mother, Charlene Jones, is a long-time instructor of cosmetology.

To be eligible for the scholarship, Lee College students must show their ID at the game and receive a raffle ticket. The student whose ticket number is called at halftime will have three chances to make a shot with the ball starting at the half-court line. No special basketball skills will be necessary, however, because of a surprise twist that Johnson will reveal during the scholarship presentation.

The winning student can be enrolled in any Lee College degree or certificate program, and use the scholarship to pay for any educational needs — whether tuition, textbooks, classroom or laboratory supplies or something else entirely. Johnson said he did not place any stipulations on how the money should be spent, because he understands that unexpected situations can arise.

“This scholarship may inspire a part-time student to take a few more hours, or help someone have the opportunity to enjoy college as much as I did,” Johnson said. “Lee College helps Baytown residents prepare for, plan and even re-imagine their futures — and no matter what age you are, if you have an education, you have a future.”

The Runnin’ Rebels will tip off against Lone Star College – Tomball at 6 p.m.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College Foundation prepares to award fall 2017 scholarships, host annual gala

Foundation relies on individual & corporate donors to support hundreds of worthy students  

Lee College Foundation scholarship recipient Thomas Sweeney
Lee College Foundation scholarship recipient Thomas Sweeney speaks at the annual Foundation Scholarship Breakfast in April about the scholarship awards that enabled him to pursue higher education and enjoy an enriching and rewarding campus experience. All students at Lee College are eligible for foundation scholarships, which are funded through the generosity of private and corporate donors throughout the community.

BAYTOWN, TX — The fall 2017 semester begins next month and the Lee College Foundation is preparing to award scholarships to hundreds of deserving students both new to campus and returning to continue their journey to a degree or certificate.

Many scholarship recipients would be unable to afford tuition, textbooks and other essentials without the generosity of private and corporate donors throughout the community who give to the foundation. Nearly two dozen of the new scholarships to be awarded for 2017 were sponsored by individuals – families, alumni, former employees and friends of the college among them – who believe in the importance of higher education and want to support students in reaching their dreams.

“Individuals and businesses in this community have made life-altering changes for so many of our students by providing them with financial support,” said Pam Warford, executive director of Foundation and Resource Development. “Many students just don’t have the means to pay for college, or they work and go to school simultaneously. For their community college, these advocates for education have enabled students who have the ability and the desire to achieve a degree and create a better life for themselves and for their families. I am so grateful to each of them for their continued support.”

All Lee College students are eligible to receive scholarships, regardless of their program of study or enrollment status. The Foundation Board of Directors awarded more than $470,000 in the 2016-17 academic year to full-time and part-time students, high school students earning college credit in dual-enrollment classes, offenders in the Lee College Huntsville Center correctional education program, and students taking non-credit classes through the Center for Workforce and Community Development. In addition, the foundation maintains a Student Success Fund to help students facing extraordinary circumstances pay for college-related expenses.

Though a straight-A student throughout his career at Dayton High School, Thomas Sweeney arrived at the crossroads between high school and college unsure of which way to go. He knew he could succeed academically, but difficult family circumstances meant he was limited financially. Lee College was his choice for its affordability compared to other options, and he was ultimately awarded the foundation’s Rockwell Fund and Sam Bramlett Memorial scholarships.

“I was raised in a household where I didn’t really have a whole lot of opportunities,” said Sweeney, who shared his story in April at the annual Foundation Scholarship Breakfast, just one semester away from graduation. “My dad worked a job that he didn’t particularly care for and he wasn’t in the best of health, but he persevered because he saw the value of education. That’s why he pushed my sister and I really hard in school to be successful.”

After taking several Lee College Honors Program courses and becoming involved in student organizations on campus, Sweeney was selected to present original research at two academic conferences and said he gained a greater appreciation for thinking critically about the world around him. His “enriching and self-fulfilling experience” in college would likely have been unattainable without foundation support.

“I can honestly say these generous scholarships took quite the weight off my shoulders,” Sweeney said. “It was a very rewarding experience to have my hard work receive recognition so I could continue my educational career with the peace of mind of having my financial needs taken care of. The foundation donors and board have my sincerest and deepest appreciation and respect for their generosity in allowing students like myself, and many other diverse students, the ability to achieve our goals and ambitions.”

Planning is now underway for the 32nd annual Lee College Foundation Gala, which benefits student scholarships and other forms of support. For more information about the gala or giving to the foundation, contact Warford at 281.425.6361 or pwarford@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.