GHBA Scholarships Awarded to Six Deserving Students

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The GHBA Associate Council awards student scholarships each year through generous contributions from association members, including Newmark Homes, Jeff Hunt Construction, Allpoints Surveying, Past President Don Klein of Chesmar Homes and the GHBA Sales & Marketing Council.

This year we were able to award six $3,000 scholarships to a group of very deserving students.

Kayla Robles is the recipient of Newmark Home’s “Bill Ulrich Memorial Scholarship.” Kayla just graduated from Kerr High School in Sugarland, Texas and plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Honor Roll, and the Alief Honor Band. Kayla’s dad, Ivan Robles, is a builder at Newmark Homes.


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Andrea Arroyo is the recipient of the Jeff Hunt Construction Scholarship. Andrea recently graduated from Carl Wunsche Senior High School in Spring, Texas and plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Vice President Mu Alpha Theta. Andrea is the daughter of Angel Arroyo who works at Builders Post-Tension.

McKenzie Portie is the recipient of the Allpoints Surveying Scholarship. McKenzie graduated from William B. Travis High School in Richmond, Texas and plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Tri-M National Music Honor Society. Her parents Nick and Laura Portie, both work for Allpoints Surveying.

Jade Trevino graduated from Mirabeau Lamar High School in Houston with a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Texas Lone Star Society and is a member of Women on the Way Up. Jade plans to attend Texas Lutheran University in the fall. Jade’s father, Omar Diosdado, works for AHI Supply.

JONES FUTURES ACADEMY HONOREES

This year the GHBA partnered with past GHBA President Don Klein, president of Chesmar Homes, to award two additional scholarships to two students from Jones Futures Academy.

Jones Futures Academy enables students to fulfill high school graduation requirements while working simultaneously with Houston Community College earning valuable industry certifications, college credits and an Associate of Arts Degree by August after their senior year in high school. Jones Futures Academy is specifically tailored to meet the current and future needs of Houston’s thriving industries, which include the fields of medicine and construction technology.

The two students selected were part of the Academy of Architecture & Construction Science program.

Josue Lindsey just graduated from Jones Futures Academy. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in the HCC program called Upward Bound, and at graduation he received a medal and card of construction from NCCER. He will be attending Prairie View A&M University in the fall.

Gloria Siquem Varela-Castro graduated from Jones Futures Academy High School in the top 10% of her class and received an Associate Degree in Arts from Houston Community College. Gloria will be attending the University of Houston in the fall.

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