It's been nearly two years since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coastline and the effects of that horrific storm are still being felt. Many of those impacted by the storm were students at Lone Star College at the time, and some are still working their way to a better education.
Lone Star College students who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey are eligible to apply for a special scholarship thanks to a grant from the Qatar Harvey Fund and Rebuild Texas Fund, officials recently announced.
"We know firsthand the catastrophic damage Hurricane Harvey imposed on our community," LSC Chancellor Stephen C. Head said in a written statement. "These funds will go a long way to help our students continue on the road to recovery and complete their education."
The worst storm to hit the Texas coast in decades caused widespread damage to gulf coast communities between Rockport and Beaumont and even inland communities in the Houston area. Humble and Kingwood were among them, where LSC-Kingwood lost six of its nine buildings due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
LSC officials will receive $300,000 to establish a new scholarship program to assist up to 300 students who had financial challenges after Hurricane Harvey. The funds, to be used for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 classes, will help students get back to school and back on track with a combination of funds for tuition and related academic costs.
"We have heard so much about the negative ripple effect of Hurricane Harvey on the communities of southeast Texas. The damage goes far beyond physical damage and people are still recovering from the enormous financial burden that caused so many to stop or delay their education in order to meet urgent needs," said His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar's Ambassador to the U.S. "We are honored to work with the Rebuild Texas Fund on what we hope will serve as a multiplier effect, a balance against the life-upending impact of Harvey, that will allow these students to achieve their academic studies and beyond."
Funding is provided by the Qatar Harvey Fund, a $30 million gift from the State of Qatar in 2017 for the long-term recovery of southeast Texas.
The funding is granted through a partnership between the Qatar Harvey Fund and the Rebuild Texas Fund. The Rebuild Texas Fund, a collaborative project of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, was created to support the rebuilding of Texas communities hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.
"It's important for Texas' future that students return to their communities and complete their degrees. The Rebuild Texas Fund wants the communities hit by Harvey to continue to rebuild and come back stronger than ever – supporting our students and helping them complete their studies is an important part of that process," said Neeraj Aggarwal, program director for the Rebuild Texas Fund.