The Dr. Linda Stegall Excellence in Education Endowment scholarships were awarded to 25 Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood students who have demonstrated academic achievement and success.
The recipients, who received $3,500 to continue their second year of study at LSC, were acknowledged at the 2019 Student Recognition Banquet held Nov. 2 in their honor.
“I am a proud 2013 scholarship recipient,” said Mariam Ali, who was an alumna guest speaker at the banquet. “It is an honor to be sitting where you are sitting and never take that for granted.”
The scholarship was established to annually recognize the academic achievements of 25 of the top students at LSC-Kingwood in perpetuity; to afford those students an opportunity to complete their second year and earn their associate degree without any financial constraints.
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, former president of LSC-Kingwood, in honor of her service and passion for higher education.
“Lone Star College-Kingwood became a great asset to the greater 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 LSC-Foundation manages. To date this legacy has helped over 250 LSC students and will continue to honor the academic success of high-achieving students in perpetuity.
“Education is a privilege,” said Ali. “I want to congratulate every student in this room as you are among the top students at Lone Star College-Kingwood.”
Students, their families, Stegall and her family; Nicole Robinson Gauthier, CFRE, LSC-Foundation executive director; Danny Wilson, LSC Foundation Board vice chair; 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 audience.