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Houston Housing Resource Endows HCC Scholarships for Public Housing Residents

HOUSTON (January 23, 2013) – The Houston Community College Foundation received a $10,000 gift from Houston Housing Resource to establish the Carmen V. Orta Memorial Scholarship Endowment. The endowment provides tuition assistance to students enrolled at HCC who live in public and supported housing. The check was presented to Mary Ann Perez, former HCC Board of Trustees Chair, at the HCC Board Meeting, December 13, 2012.

In addition to tuition, the funds will assist with other fees and books for students. Recipients of this award will be determined by the HCC Foundation Scholarship Committee and must have an interest in pursuing a career in a workforce profession such as business or allied health sciences.

The family of Carmen Villareal Orta, the founder of the Houston Housing Resource, and HHA representatives, presented the check to Perez and the HCC Foundation. Orta was committed to community involvement and improving the lives of Houstonians through education, business development and affordable housing. She served on the Housing Housing Authority Board of Commissioners from 2000 to 2003 and on non-profit boards throughout Houston, advocating for Houstonians who were eligible for public and subsidized housing.

“Through this partnership with HCC, we are ensuring that Carmen Orta’s legacy will continue to impact those Houstonians who seek to improve their lives, create a new reality, and ensure their future career success. Carmen always gave a hand up to those who worked to improve their situations, and this scholarship continues that tradition. We are proud to create this scholarship, and we look forward to expanding this partnership in the years to come,” said Amy Goldstein, Executive Director of Houston Housing Resource.

Also in attendance from the Houston Housing Resource were Stephan Fairfield, Treasurer; Claudia Nwaugo, Communications Officer; and Al Calloway Chairman and emeritus member of the HCC Foundation Board who helped make this gift possible.

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