2012 Scholarship Finalists
New Scholarship Affiliation for Our Houston Interns
October 10, 2012 - Genesys Works – Houston and Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund launch a program that will impact Houston’s economically disadvantaged students and future workforce.
At a breakfast with more than 300 community representatives and emceed by Giff Nielsen, former NFL quarterback and sports director of Houston’s KHOU-TV, Genesys Works – Houston announced an important new program alignment. Beginning this year, the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund will align with Genesys Works as its scholarship arm, providing college scholarships exclusively to Houston area students who are in the Genesys Works internship program.
Genesys Works is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that changes the track of life for economically disadvantaged high school students, enabling them to discover – through technical skills training, meaningful work experience, and Career and College Connection – that they can succeed as professionals in the corporate world. After completing the program, more than 95% have gone on to college.
The Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund was founded 21 years ago to encourage and support Houston area youth in their desire to go to college. Since its inception, the Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $3 million to 300 students, most of whom would have been overlooked by other scholarship funds. With the hope, college readiness training, and financial support provided by the Scholarship Fund, 85% have graduated or are currently pursuing a college degree.
This program alignment between Genesys Works and the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund takes a comprehensive approach to addressing two critical challenges we face as a society: the ever-rising cost of college education and the ever-growing need to prepare America’s future workforce. With this partnership, more students will have access to training and mentoring to help them prepare for college, a scholarship to help pay for college, and a paid internship at a major company to give them real world experience in the job market.
|The breakfast event was sponsored by Reliant an NRG company and was attended by representatives from the corporate partners and supporters of both organizations. Inspired by the impact of the organizations, attendees and the event sponsor contributed over $23,000 to make an indelible impact on Houston area students who are facing significant socio-economic challenges on their journey toward college and career success. Jocelyn Rios (pictured left), an intern in Genesys Works – Houston’s current Class 11, shared with the audience what Genesys Works has meant to her. Her speech is seen below.|