Outstanding young scholars from a broad cross section of Houston’s diverse community were honored at the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston’s 41st Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on April 30, 2015. The scholarship winners, chosen based on merit from among top students selected by counselors at 66 Houston-area high schools, came from every neighborhood, ethnicity, religion, and economic background. They had one thing in common: a stunning record of achievement.
The 66 scholarship award winners included valedictorians, musicians, scientists, world travelers, and many others who showed incredible determination and hard work to achieve this prestigious honor. During the dinner, Scholarship Vice President Cristina Moore announced that, thanks to the generosity of PBK Houston donors, the students would each receive an additional $1,000, for a total scholarship of $4,000 to offset tuition or other expenses at the college of their choice.
Honorees at the dinner included Jarvis V. Hollingsworth, JD, member and immediate past chairman, University of Houston System Board of Regents and a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, who was recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to Education, and Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD, the director of the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas, who was recognized as this year’s outstanding Phi Beta Kappa Alumna. Leslie D. Blanton, who has dedicated countless hours over the years to making sure that each scholarship application receives the personal attention and consideration it deserves, served as the dinner chairwoman. They and Phi Beta Kappa President William Monroe encouraged the students to take full advantage of their upcoming college experiences, exploring the broad range of knowledge that is the hallmark of a liberal education.
Congratulations to all our honorees. We wish our scholarship winners well and look forward to their continued success.