Greater Heights Chamber Community Fund Announces 2022 Scholarships!

April 2022

This year The Education Committee of the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the thirty-one students who will be receiving $1000 each towards pursuing their education at the college of their choice. And there were ten students entering the military that were recognized at this year’s event held April 19, 2022, at chamber member, Greater First Baptist Church. The students received a personalized yard sign with the sponsor’s name and logo and chamber name and logo. Each student also received a certificate, and the student presentation will be captured so celebrations can continue through social media.  The event started off with Helms Elementary School having greeters welcome everyone, Nicole Briseno, Isaias Hernandez, Juan Hernandez and Lucia Hernandez. Then Samuel Hernandez from Helms Elementary led us in the pledge of Allegiance.  We had Jae Espinosa, trumpeter from Waltrip Sr. High School and Isabel Espinosa from Black Middle School lead us in the National Anthem.  President of the Chamber, James Montalbano and Chamber Chair, Gene Reynolds welcomed everyone.

The thirty-one scholarship winners are as follows:  Adams Insurance sponsored three students: from Waltrip—Bre Aldridge; from Lutheran North—Ainsley Kinloch and from Houston Christian—Jonathan Chen. Allegiance Bank sponsored  two students: Pedro Gonzalez from Heights and Stephani Rodriguez from Waltrip; Members Trust Federal Credit Union of the Southwest sponsored three students: Gerardo Rubio from Northside, Janelle Naumann from Waltrip and Samantha Fox from St. Pius X; Memorial Hermann Greater Heights sponsored three students: Phillip Cole Jao from Lutheran North, Sophia De La Garza from Waltrip and Lailah Reyes from St. Pius X; Primeway Credit Union sponsored three students:  Evan Hudgins and Isabel Wabnitz from Heights and Kimberly Herrera from Northside; Willie Diefenbach-Jones with Greener Still sponsored two students: Brooke Naumann and Gregory Naumann from Waltrip; The Tom and June Kimball Memorial Scholarship given by Grace Lazure of Creations by Grace sponsored two students: Stacey Garza and Crystal Meraz from Northside; Reibenstein and Associates sponsored Yasmine McCann from Northside; Reynolds and Associates sponsored Heidy Nunez from Northside; Dr. Ann Vermillion Memorial Scholarship given by April Petronella sponsored Maricela Cortez; The Future Leaders of America Scholarship was given by nine people lead by Kimberly Carpenter UH GCSW Intern for the chamber; the nine are Kimberly Atchison, Christopher Bell, Randy Barney, Bobby Blueitt, Kimberly Carpenter, Keyonna Kandy, Ann Hart, Maribel Hurtado and Demetrius Travis.  This group sponsored Je’Fran Butler from Waltrip, and the Greater Heights Chamber sponsored nine: Mary Sun, Briana Tovias from Waltrip, Ruben Maya, Eduardo Rubio, Crystal Agundis from Northside and Daniel Bouffard from Washington and Hannah Nicholas from Houston Christian and Claire Carbajal and Piper Applewhite from St. Pius X. These young men and women will make a difference in their chosen field of study.


The students entering the Military were recognized not only by the American Legion Interim Commander Larry Gutierrez and La Shondra C. Jones, Ph.D. City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs but also from the Chamber Education Committee with certificates, honor cords, chamber gift and yard signs. The students entering the military life in service to our country are entering the Army: from Heights High School, Bradley Seifert and entering the Army Texas National Guard is Carolina Rosales, from Scarborough High School, Robert Gonzalez, from St. Pius X High School going to Army ROTC at UTSA, Angelo Da Vigo, and from Waltrip, Hector Elizondo and Maria Guzman. Entering the Marines will be Angeles Melena from Northside High School. Entering the Air Force will be from Heights High School, Damien Gomez, and David Pressley and from Lutheran North, Audrey Stanberry.

We also want to thank HEB for their food donations and Dee Farino, with Third Coast Printing, along with the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work Interns, Cynthia Newson, Rhiannon Johnson, Evelyn Vasquez, Leiza-Francis-Siebert and Kimberly Carpenter for their contributions! Cynthia Newson and Rhiannon Johnson reflect  “Education has a value that sometimes cannot be quantified.  If you ever doubt your journey look within instead of looking outside.  Deep inside your heart lies answers to all questions of life, no one else but you, and your thoughts will keep you afloat in strife.  Keep working hard, and focus on your long-term goal.  It’s not the excuses that count, but the fire in your soul.”–author unknown while Kimberly Carpenter’s heart encourages everyone to follow your dream!

As chair of the Education Committee, I hope you will take the time to congratulate seniors this year. Thank you for the sponsors for stepping up and making this year’s recipients have a personalized celebration!

Thank you

Cindy Reibenstein, Education Chair