Houston Chemical Association awards scholarships to four students pursuing STEM paths

11.06.2015 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

PASADENA, Texas – Four San Jacinto College students have been named as recipients of Houston Chemical Association scholarships for this academic year.

Quyen Vu, Altovely Uriostegui, Yaimari Argueta, and Oscar Charria each will receive $500 scholarships toward their studies in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math (commonly referred to as STEM fields). One of the purposes of the Houston Chemical Association, according to the website, is to foster and promote the education of its members and the public by gathering and distributing information of general interest within the field of chemical manufacture and distribution.

"It feels great to be rewarded for my studies," said Uriostegui, whose goal is to transfer to a university for a degree in chemical engineering. Uriostegui is also the recipient of a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (T-STEM) Challenge scholarship, C2 STEM Transitions- NASA Grant scholarship, and a Bridges to STEM Careers scholarship. "My time at San Jacinto College has been challenging, pushing me forward for my next step. My professors have really guided me in the right direction."

Charria and Vu also plan to pursue careers in chemical engineering. Argueta plans to pursue a career in chemistry and is also the first in her family to go to college. 

Throughout the years, the Houston Chemical Association has donated approximately $10,000 toward scholarships for San Jacinto College students pursuing careers in the STEM fields. San Jacinto College has increased its initiatives surrounding STEM education through the formation of the STEM Council, a group of administrators, faculty, and staff members whose work is to increase awareness of education and career opportunities related to the fields of STEM.

The Council sponsors activities throughout the College and region and works with community members to promote the STEM fields, while forging strong partnerships with universities and industries for further education and workforce training.

"We are very grateful to everyone with the Houston Chemical Association for their support of our students," said Ruth Keenan, executive director of the San Jacinto College Foundation. "It is through their donations that our students are able to achieve their education and dreams in STEM." 

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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