LLSF, City of Houston & UpSkill Houston Present the 2019 SmartUp Houston College & Career Conference
Saturday, September 21st at the George R. Brown Convention Center 8am - 4pm
8am Registration & College/Career Fair
1,000 + ATTENDEES!!!
THANK YOU PRESIDENT AND MRS. BUSH FOR 25 YEARS AS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS OF
THE LINDA LORELLE SCHOLARSHIP FUND!
Dear 41 and Mrs. Bush,
When you left the White House and came back to your beloved Houston, you jumped in with both feet to help our thriving philanthropic community. We at the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund were among many non-profits you embraced wholeheartedly, and for that we are forever grateful. Thank you for everything you did to support our efforts, both publicly and privately.
Now that you are gone, President Bush, we guess it's ok to let the cat out of the bag about something you did quietly to help us raise money. We will never forget how you "called in a favor" with your friend and astronaut legend, Jim Lovell, of Apollo 13 fame. Because you asked, he not only agreed to be a keynote speaker at one of our galas, he waived his fee. With Captain Lovell and our dear friend and astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison, as keynote speakers, we raised a record amount of money that night to provide college scholarships and guidance for a new class of Lorelle Scholars! This is just one example of how you were always there for us.
Like the rest of our country, we miss you dearly. But your legacy lives on in the 360 young people who have already come through our program, and those who will follow. Your legacy lives on in us as Founders who remain inspired by the selfless example you set. Your love for our community is something we will forever hold dear as we vow to shine your point of light on those most in need, and hand it off to the next generation. Thank you for your friendship, your love and your service to our world.
Linda and Lou
Please watch this video of President George H.W. Bush talking about his connection to the LLSF.
2019 Lorelle Scholars
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Welcome Home & Congratulations to Denise Middleton, FOX 26 News Anchor & 2003 Lorelle Scholar!
"Everything from your character to your speaking skills inspires me to better myself and to present myself in the graceful manner that you do. I have gained a family with the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund and I want to do all that I can to help. Now when I think of Houston, it is impossible not to think of my LLSF family. You have made the greatest sacrifices to ensure that Houston's youth and their families have the opportunity to better themselves. I will continue to do my part to better Houston and I hope that I can impact our community the way that you have."
-Austin Aldana, 2016 LLSF Scholar
“They always envisioned big dreams, but I never knew I could reach them, and the main issue was financially. I’m a first generation American, the youngest of nine. When I was 10 years old our house completely burned down. You know my dad was earning probably $16,000 to support all of our family, and had I not received the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund, I don’t think I would have had that motivation to continue, because I knew we didn’t have the means to get there. And the scholarship is not just like every other scholarship that gives you check and they forget about you. It’s just a family, it’s an extended network.”
2001 LLSF Scholar
“The Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund has always kept an interest in me and what I am doing, which has greatly helped me in pursuing my dreams to make them proud, because the product of their hard work should be nothing less than excellent. The Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund has also educated me about cultural and social skills, which are valuable in today’s society.”
-Eric Pena, 1994 LLSF Scholar
2010 LLSF Scholar
David Daniels, 2007 LLSF Scholar
I wish others knew that at the age of three, I was whisked away from my village and forced to walk hundreds of miles on bare feet to escape the wrath of the Nigerian military government. The wounded and the dead alike dotted the once peaceful streets, some lying in thier own pools of blood.
Five years later I was still in CPS. After a lot of work on my part, I was released. I just couldn't deal with the corruption or the money-hungry foster parents anymore. I refused to become another statistic. I've never been on medicine and never fell behind on my grades. No matter how bad things got, CPS was worse than home.
Russell Vaughan, 2002 LLSF Scholar
2015 LLSF Scholar
My twin brother and I lived our first two years in a pickup truck with our mother moving from city to city. Our mother, diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic, lived on the streets doing "whatever is necessary" so we could eat.
I was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the most dangerous city on the planet with an average of more than three homicides per day. When I came to the United States, I wasn't bothered by the environment change. I was just as excited about learning as I was in Houndruas.