2019 45th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner — $278,000 Awarded
At its 2019 Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on April 24, the Association awarded $4,000 scholarships to 68 outstanding seniors from high schools in the greater Houston area.
Jaqueline Alcantara of YES Prep Southwest received the Jenard M. Gross Distinguished Scholar Award, the highest scholarship award the Association bestows. Alcantara, who received a $6,000 scholarship, will attend Occidental College this fall.
The 69 scholarship winners represent a true cross-section of academic achievement in the Houston community. The Association has been giving awards since 1972.
The Dinner also honored the John P. McGovern Foundation for its commitment to improve the health, education, and quality of life of the citizens of Houston. In 1961, Dr. McGovern established the John P. McGovern Foundation as a private philanthropy. Since that time the Foundation has supported countless health-care initiatives as well as a medical school, a college of the arts, and a teachers institute. The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston is fortunate to be one of the long-time beneficiaries of the Foundation’s generosity, and Dr. McGovern, himself a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus, was the Association’s very first honoree at what became its annual scholarship awards dinner, in 1974.
The Dinner was chaired by John M. Bonner. Bonner was a founder and currently serves as president of First Continental Investment Co., Ltd. Bonner also serves as director of First Continental Mortgage, Ltd and currently serves as the managing partner on various development entities.