San Jacinto College STEM students selected for Houston Chemical Association scholarships

11.07.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

San Jacinto College students Evie Tran, Brianna Siller, and Cole Murphy, have been named recipients of Houston Chemical Association scholarships, and they're well on their way toward science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

Tran is already studying forensics at the University of Houston; Siller is looking to transfer to the University of Houston-Clear Lake to study in the same field; and Murphy is on his way to Texas A&M University to study chemistry after just receiving his acceptance letter. Each student was selected for the $500 Houston Chemical Association scholarships based on academic achievement. They were nominated by San Jacinto College professors Dr. Joyce Miller, Nathanial Wiggins and Dr. Dolores Aquino.  Dr. Ann Cartwright, STEM Coordinator, organized the selection process.

“This is such an honor for me to receive this scholarship from the Houston Chemical Association because it motivates me to reach my goal to become a forensics chemist,” said Siller, who admits she wasn’t always strong in science. “In high school, I wasn’t very strong in science, but after I started at San Jacinto College, they really pushed me to get better in the subject.”

The College’s three campuses host a variety of STEM activities each year to increase student participation, awareness, and interest in the fields; to gain college experience within the STEM areas; and to further identify their career paths. Tran, Siller, and Murphy were all involved in science service learning through Houston Museum of Natural Science activities and science club events.

“The STEM education at San Jacinto College is always keeping you involved in activities and projects,” said Murphy. “San Jacinto College has helped me financially, for example, with this Houston Chemical Association scholarship, and has helped me get into Texas A&M University.”

The Houston Chemical Association has funded scholarships for San Jacinto College students since 2009. Each scholarship is awarded through the San Jacinto College Foundation. The Houston Chemical Association fosters and promotes the education of its members and the public by gathering and distributing information of general interest within the field of chemical manufacture and distribution.

“We are so very proud of the Evie, Brianna, and Cole for their academic achievements here at San Jacinto College,” said Ruth Keenan, executive director of the San Jacinto College Foundation. “We thank the Houston Chemical Association for their generosity each year in recognizing our students and their success in STEM education.”

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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