Lone Star College Foundation “Drives” for Scholarships at Annual Golf Tournament
The Lone Star College Foundation’s 24th Annual Golf Tournament, “Drive for Scholarships,” was held on November 20, 2017 and raised funds to support the scholarship program.
Participants of the tournament enjoyed a day of golf the Tournament and Palmer Courses of The Woodlands Country Club while giving back by supporting a student’s education through the Lone Star College Foundation.
View photos from the event on the Hello Woodlands Facebook page!
Miguel Lopez, Executive Director of the Lone Star College – Small Business Development Center, shared how the scholarship program, made possible by supporters and events like the Golf Tournament, makes a great impact on the lives of the students and scholarship recipients. Founded in 1991, the Foundation has provided over $13 million in scholarships to nearly 13,000 students, as well as more than $4 million in program support since its inception.
Zach Richmond of Richmond Realty RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring participated in the golf tournament with the CHI St. Luke’s Hospital team. Richmond shared, “I am more than happy to support an organization that helps students create a better life and education for themselves.”
“It is really important to have the community’s support,” shared Saul Valentin, Chair, Lone Star College Foundation Board of Directors. “After being with the organization for about 14 years, it is a cause and an effort that is very worth being behind. Once you get to talk to the students and get to see what the scholarships are used for, you will have no doubt of why you should get involved with the organization.”
Chancellor and CEO of the Lone Star College System, Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., started the tournament in 1993 and shared “the purpose for this golf tournament is to raise funds for scholarships for our students. It’s a fundraiser and also a “friend”-raiser. We want everyone to have a good time, we like our employees to be out here, and we like the people to play to understand why we are doing this and the value that we have in the community. We do this the same time every year and the weather’s great – we’ve never had a bad year. It’s just a very positive upbeat event for us. We want everyone to participate and to understand that what they are doing is for a good cause.”
As for the scholarship fund and students that are selected, Chancellor Head shared that “The money goes into a scholarship fund and we have the colleges choose the scholarship winners. The students tell us their story and most that receive a scholarship have overcome some issues in their life. What we try to do is give them the scholarship to remove these barriers and help them be successful. That’s our goal, for them to be successful – whether they are transferring or entering into the workforce.”
The Lone Star College Foundation’s mission is to change lives through student scholarships and quality educational programs achieved by excellence in relationship building, fundraising, and investment management. To learn more about the Lone Star College Foundation and how to get involved, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/giving/index.htm