Spring 2013 Scholarship Recipients

Spring 2013 Scholarship Recipients

The Smith-Phares Memorial Scholarship Fund’s mission is to honor the memory of Reardon Smith and George Phares by awarding scholarships to outstanding community-minded, college level students. We are proud to announce that two further scholarships, each for $1000, have been awarded to students from the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston. Following is a short synopsis about the 2013 scholarship recipients:

 

 

Savannah Becerril

Savannah Becerril

Savannah Becerril

“My interests include music, people, volunteering for my local church, and outdoor sports/activities. I am currently a certified audio engineer who runs sound at live concerts/events. I am also a full time student at the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship and the Bauer School of Business.

Originally, I did not get accepted at the Wolff Center for Spring 2013. However, with determination and faith, I pled my case and was accepted at the start of the 2013 Spring Semester. With this acceptance, came sacrifice of time and monetary resources. Therefore, I am extremely grateful for the Smith-Phares Scholarship! Being involved at the Wolff Center has been a large blessing in my life. I have acquired knowledge that most entrepreneurs take a lifetime to learn. With the knowledge and training I have gained at UH, I intend to open a business in the entertainment industry involving my passions for music and people.

Again, thank you for choosing me to represent the Smith-Phares Scholarship for 2013. It has been a large financial blessing that will be used wisely.”

Best Regards,
Savannah Becerril

 

Jacob Hines

Jacob Hines

Jacob Hines

“­­I am very grateful for the generosity of the Fund. Thank you for your investment in my entrepreneurial education and your willingness to offer advice. One of the greatest things in my college experience is having mentors. I would really enjoy having the opportunity to meet with members of the Board of Directors.

I grew up spending a lot of time outdoors and a lot of time on the computer. Today I am still passionate about nature and technology, including how businesses can utilize mobile devices and internet services. I see the potential in these industries to make businesses more efficient at being profitable and eco-friendly at the same time.

I moved from Illinois to Houston in hopes of being accepted into the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, the number two Entrepreneurship Program in the nation.  I am currently a senior in the Wolff Center at the University of Houston offering social media and website services for professional service firms. These services are inspired by research for my senior honors thesis on why professional service companies should outsource their social media presence.”

 

Other Donations

The Memorial Scholarship Fund also donated $500 to UH ‘Turning Point Fund’ managed by David Cook, director of mentoring at the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business. This fund offers support and immediate access to cash to College of Business School students, providing them with the means to cover a sudden emergency or extreme hardship, ensuring they continue on with their education at UH.

We are able to accomplish all of this purely form your generous contributions – thank you! We look forward to your continued support.