Chapelwood Foundation Propels College Students Forward with Scholarships

Date Posted: 12/8/2016

The Collegiate Challenge mentoring program at Chapelwood UMC Houston is the result of a school partnership focused on transforming lives.

Recent scholarship recipient Hunter Clay can attest to the impact of the Chapelwood Foundation on his life. A former Stratford High School student, Hunter is putting himself through school with sights set on a degree in accounting.  “Without the support from the Foundation,” he shares, “I truly do not know where I would be today. More than just the money, the Foundation has provided such a network of people to guide me to where I want to go. Everyone should be given a chance to attain higher education no matter their situation or background. Without financial assistance, most of these students would not be able to afford a higher education,” adds Hunter.
 
As a permanent endowment program and ministry of Chapelwood UMC, the Foundation provides funding for the future of the congregation’s mission to bring Christ’s love to the local and global community. Chapelwood’s recent “Path With a Purpose” scholarship luncheon honored collegiate recipients and helped build  awareness of this transformative community outreach program. All students in the Foundation’s Scholarship program have a connection to either a Chapelwood member or a Chapelwood ministry.
 
According to Executive Director Teresa Cannon, the Foundation’s Scholarship Program targets and identifies high performing Houston area High School students who lack the financial resources necessary to attend college.  It allows them to take the next step to higher education. Dr. Zachary R. Hodges, President of HCC-Spring Branch and Dr. Scott Muri, Superintendent of Spring Branch Independent School District spoke regarding the strong partnership between the schools and Chapelwood UMC and the specific ways in which the program fills the void for these students.
 
Dr. Muri expressed, “Spring Branch ISD is incredibly fortunate that Chapelwood and its members place a high priority on investing in the education of our 35,000 students. The Foundation’s deep and sustained generosity to fill both financial and resource gaps through college scholarships and mentoring assures that more of our graduates fulfill their potential.
 
Chapelwood’s Scholorship Legacy
Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation Scholarship Program has awarded approximately $765,528 in scholarships to 186 student scholars providing them with much-needed assistance to reach their higher education goals. Foundation scholarships are offered for the entire college experience and are renewable each semester if the student maintains a 2.5 GPA and participates in a community service project. The majority of the students in the program come from the Collegiate Challenge Program at Northbrook High School in Spring Branch ISD in which mentors are assigned to students and help them navigate the college admissions and scholarship application process. Criteria for student applicants include stellar academic achievement as well as a high level of financial need.  Students are chosen from SBISD, Katy ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and Aldine ISD.  “As Executive Director of the Foundation, I have had the privilege of walking beside and glimpsing the amazing character of these hard-working, motivated, courageous students as they daily take the difficult steps to move beyond the limitations imposed by poverty and life circumstances,” says Teresa.  “They are changing the world for themselves individually as well as for their families for generations to come as many are the first in their family to attend college.”
 
She says the Foundation’s vision “is truly about blessing those beyond the walls of the church and focuses on life-giving and life-saving initiatives including critical health care, education, recovery initiatives, the fight against human trafficking and more for those in need at all ages and stages of life both locally in the Spring Branch/Greater Houston area and around the world.”
 
For more information about the Chapelwood Foundation Scholarship program and outreach opportunities, contact Teresa Cannon at tcannon@chapelwood.org or (713) 354-4485.www.chapelwood.org  www.facebook.com/chapelwood