The Howard Hughes Corporation Awards 20 College Scholarships To Local High School Graduates In Annual Tradition For Over 35 Years

By: Lorrie Parise
| Published 06/10/2021

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE:HHC) is pleased to continue its annual tradition for over 35 years, awarding 20 college scholarships to local high school graduates from The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, Bridgeland High School, Grand Oaks High School, Magnolia West High School, Oak Ridge High School, Tomball High School and Willis High School. Howard Hughes is also funding four additional college scholarships through an endowment at Lone Star College System, committed to helping community youths pursue a college education.

Howard Hughes also awards four college scholarships through endowment at Lone Star College System


Over 360 scholarships have been awarded to graduates throughout the past decades by The Howard Hughes Corporation, the developer whose award-winning portfolio of master planned communities include The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills® and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston area. The scholarship awards to local high school students are the result of an educational funding initiative by Howard Hughes which began in the 1980s. The endowment at Lone Star College System was started in 1998 and its first scholarship was awarded in 2001.

The 20 scholarships for recent high school graduates are comprised of one Cy-Fair Education Foundation Scholarship (through an endowment), five from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship (funded in lieu of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration that was canceled this year due to the pandemic), two Howard Hughes Executive Club scholarships, one Gerald D. Irons, Sr. scholarship, and 11 general scholarships.

“We believe in the importance of investing in education and the future of young minds and are proud to award scholarships to these promising students,” said Heath Melton, Executive Vice President, MPC Residential for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Their future awaits, and we are delighted to support their higher education endeavors, as we’ve done for many other high school graduates over the past decades.”

The awarding of scholarships is part of the HHCares community-focused philanthropic funding and volunteerism program in which Howard Hughes contributes in the Houston region to over 130 local causes of nonprofit organizations each year.

“We congratulate these students and wish them the best in their future academics and career,” said Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Through our HHCares initiative, we are able to assist our local communities in many ways, both financially and through volunteerism.”

Local scholarship winners from the recent high school graduates include:

2021 Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

• Mark Bentick, Bridgeland High School, attending University of Texas Austin

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarships:

• Jenny Hoffmeister, College Park The Woodlands High School, attending Texas A&M University

• Mia Arnsworth, Conroe High School, attending University of Texas Arlington

• Nickolas Ramirez, Conroe High School, attending Sam Houston State University

• Bria Briley, Grand Oaks High School, attending University of Texas at Austin

• Santiago Rueda, Magnolia West High School, attending Texas A&M University

2021 Howard Hughes Executive Club scholarships:

• Ian Pedroza, The Woodlands College Park High School, attending University of Pennsylvania

• Erin Mack, The Woodlands High School, attending Auburn University

2021 Gerald D. Irons, Sr. scholarship:

• Kobe Brown, Oak Ridge High School, attending University of Texas Arlington

2021 General scholarships :

• Karen Morgado, Bridgeland High School, attending Prairie View A&M University and then Baylor University

• Andrew Nichols, Bridgeland High School, attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

• Dillon Winkler, Bridgeland High School, attending Blinn College and Texas A&M University

• Makenzie Hazen, The Woodlands College Park High School, attending Clemson University

• Abekwurundah Ejilemele, The Woodlands High School, attending MIT

• Mallory Kent, The Woodlands High School, attending University of Oregon

• Hayley Hudgens, Tomball High School, attending Southern Methodist University

• Caitlin-Rose Ibe, Tomball High School, attending Wellesley College

• Lauren Schindewolf, Tomball High School, attending Texas A&M University

• Brendan Watson, Tomball High School, attending Ouachita Baptist University

• Tonya Benevidez, Willis High School, attending Sam Houston State University

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