Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors awarded $2000 scholarships to ten Fort Bend County students at the Freedom and Friendship luncheon, May 19, 2011 at BraeBurn Country Club. Posting of the colors was by Sharpstown High School JROTC accompanied by Austin High School Drumline. Keynote speakers were Jim Hoelker, chairman of Impact a Hero, Sugar Land and First Lieutenant Daniel Ebarb and his wife Sherri. Songs were performed by Miss Carly Sachs, granddaughter of a member, Marsha Sachs.
What makes this scholarship program unique is that it provides assistance for students who are planning to attend college in Fort Bend County and need financial aid to help achieve that goal. Funds for the scholarships are raised through an annual silent auction and donations. This year the club also sold the “Cooking With Friends” Cookbook, with all the proceeds going to scholarships.
Scholarships were presented by president Gail Grace to Kolleen Felton, Needville HS attending WCJC; Jenna Elster, Needville HS, attending WCJC Richmond; Kristina Jurecek, Needville HS, attending WCJC Sugar Land; Logan Danna, attending WCJC Richmond; Keila Garay, Kempner HS, attending HCC, Stafford; Wen Zheng, Stafford HS, attending HCC Stafford; Maria Prado, Marshall, HS, attending HCC Stafford; Lindsay McCafferty, Terry HS, attending WCJC; Nataly Medina, Clements HS, attending WCJC; Simei Guo, HCC Stafford.