Start Strong scholarship awarded to former Dawson High volleyball player

09.14.2016 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – During her years at Dawson High School in Pearland, Haylee Mills played volleyball but decided to change course once it came time for college. The San Jacinto College volleyball program is recognizing Mills’ time as a varsity student-athlete by awarding her a $500 Start Strong scholarship.

“This scholarship goes a long way because right now I’m working at a barbecue restaurant in Pearland to help pay for my tuition,” said Mills. “I thought about playing volleyball for college, but I figured that for my first year I should just take time to get the feel of things.”

Mills said she may still consider a return to the volleyball court next year, but is enjoying her time right now being a college student and focusing on her education courses. As a Start Strong scholarship recipient, Mills is required to enroll in a physical education course; she decided to take bowling.

“We award this scholarship to female high school varsity athletes to help them get a head start for their first semester of college,” said San Jac volleyball Head Coach Sharon Nelson. “It is supported by our volleyball alumni, and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity for giving back to their alma mater to help college students and their success.”

Visit the San Jacinto College Foundation page for more information about the Start Strong scholarship requirements and application deadline.

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, since 1961. As a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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