The Dr. Linda Stegall Excellence in Education Endowment scholarships have been awarded to 24 Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood students who have demonstrated academic achievement and success.

The recipients each received $3,500 to continue their second year of study at LSC.

“I am so grateful for this scholarship and I hope to one day have the ability to help those in need,” said scholarship recipient Michelle Lindauer. “This scholarship is not only a donation for education, but a donation for inspiration.”

This annual scholarship is made possible by an anonymous donor who contributed a $1 million gift in April 2008 to the LSC Foundation in the name of Stegall, a former president of LSC-Kingwood, in honor of her service and passion for higher education.

“Under her guidance, LSC-Kingwood became a great asset to the Kingwood area for both the students and the local employers who need to hire talented and prepared employees,” said the anonymous donor of the award’s namesake. “Dr. Stegall is both a gifted visionary and an outstanding implementer. She is a difference maker in this world and we wanted to honor her with this scholarship program.”

A second gift from the same anonymous donor in 2012 has made this scholarship the largest endowment that the LSC-Foundation manages, at $2 million. To date, this legacy has touched over 150 individuals and will continue to honor the academic success of high-achieving students in perpetuity.

Students and their families; Stegall and her family; Dr. Alton Smith and Dr. David Holsey, LSC board of trustee members; Nicole Robinson Gauthier, LSC-Foundation executive director; and Dr. Katherine Persson, LSC-Kingwood president, were on hand for the awards banquet, which was held at the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental where award recipients were given the opportunity to address the crowd.

Former scholarship recipient Tanyanika Tidwell served as the featured guest speaker, who told the audience of the productive and fulfilling lives that can be achieved through education.

Founded in 1991, the LSC Foundation has expanded its initial investment of $20,000 into an extensive portfolio of more than $22 million. Since its inception, the foundation has provided more than $10 million in scholarships to nearly 10,000 students, as well as more than $4 million in program support. The mission of the LSC Foundation is to change lives through student scholarships and quality educational programs achieved by excellence in relationship building, fundraising and investment management.