Cypress faith-based group starts scholarship for college students
Cypress Assistance Ministries, a faith-based organization that serves individuals and families dealing with financial crisis, homelessness, unemployment, and elderly in need, has created a need-based scholarship for area students.
The Operation Jobs scholarship aims to recognize students at Lone Star College-CyFair who have demonstrated academic success while working on a part-time basis. It is valued at $500 a year and is to be used for tuition, books, and fees.
The initial recipient will be selected this summer and the first scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester to a student attending LSC-Cy-Fair.
“Our goal is to help these hard-working people obtain the education they are striving for,” said Janet Knott, CAM director of development. “Operation Jobs programs exist to equip people with the skills necessary for employment - from resume and cover letter preparation, teaching interview skills, and providing appropriate clothing if needed, to providing job leads on a weekly basis. This scholarship is a logical next step in helping to equip individuals so they can secure jobs.”
Criteria for the scholarship includes that a student be part-time and enrolled up to 12 hours, demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and show proof of employment. Additionally, workforce certification students are eligible along with degree-plan students.
Operation Jobs counselors will work with people who want to take classes, both in the certificate program areas in addition to those wishing to transfer to a university, who do not have the funds to support their educational goals.
The Operation Jobs programs assists community members with the skills necessary for employment such as resume and cover letter preparation, interview skills, and providing appropriate clothing if needed, and providing job leads on a weekly basis.
Currently, the Cypress Assistance Ministries Operation Jobs scholarship is a one-time scholarship for the fall semester.
“Our goal is to award that scholarship to a deserving student that aligns with the criteria set forth by the donor Cypress Assistance Ministries, with the hope that they will have the ability and interest to create an annual tradition of investing in our students with a scholarship,” said Nicole Robinson Gauthier, executive director of the Lone Star College Foundation. “The ultimate goal of any foundation in higher education is to create scholarship endowments that provide for funding for scholarships in perpetuity. Providing for our students today, tomorrow and in the future is always top of mind in our office.”
CAM’s goal is to provide help to those experiencing temporary crisis. The organization strives to offer financial support, food, sick goods and other services. The nonprofit organization works to guide individuals and families into a better self-sufficient life.
Assistance through CAM’s client services are offered to those in need with rent or mortgage, utilities, food, clothing, household goods/furniture, special delivery, operation jobs, and GED/ESL Classes.
The not-for-profit organization offers families opportunities to receive food out of their pantry. The items the food pantry needs include boxed cereal, jelly/jam, chili, spaghetti o’s, spaghetti sauce, rice, dried beans, canned meat, and toiletry items. Families must see a case manager; then they are allowed to shop in the pantry. CAM reminds the community that individuals receiving assistance from any of these programs must be “qualified” financially.
There are plans to grow the Operation Jobs scholarship program to include additional scholarships. In addition, the ministry would like to implement additional programs to help with certifications and licensing such as for TWIC cards, CDL licensing, and GED exams.
Lone Star officials believe that scholarships further assist students in the community with the appropriate tools needed for success in the professional field.
“Ninety-one percent of Lone Star College students remain in the community and this combination of higher student incomes and increased business productivity add $3.1 billion to the Houston economy,” Gauthier said. “In the 2015-16 academic year, Lone Star College Foundation provided $2 million in student scholarships, student emergency assistance, and program support.”
Cypress Assistance Ministries
Address: 11202 Huffmeister, Houston, TX 77065
Mailing address: PO Box 2336, Cypress, TX 77410-2336
Assistance office: 281-955-7684
Assistance information line: 281-955-7440
Lone Star College Cy-Fair (LSC-CyFair)
Address: 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, TX 77433-1383