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2019 Lorelle Scholars
A Conversation with the Founders
It’s hard to believe this year is about to come to a close. As we reflect on the triumphs and challenges of 2019 and set new goals for 2020, this is a heartfelt request that you consider making a donation to the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund and the students we serve.
For the last 28 years we have provided college scholarships and life skills training to students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to educate themselves beyond high school. Most recently, we have added a workforce component to our efforts in direct response to the needs of industries concerned about where their future workforce is coming from. Our SmartUp Houston initiative, in partnership with the Greater Houston Partnership, helps students connect the dots between what to study on a 2-year or 4-year college campus, and the required skills to secure current and future well-paying jobs in multiple industries. If you represent one of those industries, we are here for you to help make students aware of what you have to offer; and we need your financial support to keep reaching and educating those students so that our future economy is sustainable.
We are proud to have hundreds of student success stories to share, including those of four former Lorelle Scholars who now sit on our Board of Directors! We have just extended a Board invitation to a fifth former Lorelle Scholar. Here’s part of the thank you note she wrote to us after receiving her scholarship in 2003:
“If words could describe…Imagine being so happy that even on your worst day, you could look back at that moment and still smile so hard that tears come racing down your face. You did more than set a foundation, you gave me hope and put my mind at ease because before, I had no idea how I was going to attend a university of my choice with no money! I appreciate everything that you have done to make this possible because one day I will be a tremendous role model and I want to be a blessing to someone else as you have been to me.”
Denise Booker Middleton is now a News Anchor at FOX26 in Houston and is, indeed, that role model she envisioned becoming. She was the keynote speaker at the 2019 SmartUp Houston Conference that attracted more than 1,000 students and parents who engaged directly with college and industry representatives. In 2020 she will join the LLSF Board of Directors and continue to pay forward the investment that was made in her.
Donors are sometimes unclear about the impact of the funds they share. Rest assured that your donation will go directly to impacting the lives of bright young adults like Denise and so many others who deserve a chance to fulfill their potential and become the leaders of tomorrow. Please help all of their dreams take flight and give today.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund!
Linda Lorelle & Lou Gregory
Denise Middleton FOX 26 Morning Weekend Anchor
Welcome Home & Welcome to the LLSF Board!
We remain forever grateful for the years of support we enjoyed from President & Mrs. George H. W. Bush.
Welcome Home & Congratulations to Denise Middleton, FOX 26 News Anchor & 2003 Lorelle Scholar!
Please watch this video of President George H.W. Bush talking about his connection to the LLSF.
LLSF receives the
2015 & 2016
of Diversity Award
"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
2010 LLSF Scholar
David Daniels, 2007 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
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.