The HBAA Charitable Fund scholarship is awarded to a 2L who will be graduating the following year. The first scholarship was awarded in 2004 to Brittany Perez from the University of Houston Law Center. Since 2007 we have raised enough funds to give three scholarships each year - one $5,000 scholarship to a deserving student at each Houston law school - Houston College of Law (formerly South Texas College of Law), the University of Houston Law Center and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. We have awarded over thirty-three scholarships since 2004.
Unlike most scholarships awarded solely on grade points, we require more than just academic excellence – we search for students who have not only maintained stellar grade point averages but have exhibited outstanding student leadership skills, active community involvement and volunteerism, and those evidencing financial need. We want to reach those students who, while not only working hard to maintain those excellent grades, understand that giving back to others through community involvement, mentoring, and volunteering, contributes to a truly rounded individual who will be better able to serve their clients and communities going forward.
Following are just a few examples of some of our past recipients:
Fanny Turcios 2017 South Texas College of Law Recipient
Fanny Turcios is a second-year law student at South Texas College of Law. She grew up in Bryan-College Station, Texas, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University. Fanny’s family migrated to the United States in the 1990s because of the Salvadorian Civil War. Fanny Turcios was the first in her family to graduate high school and university, and she is now the first in her family to pursue a professional degree. After law school, she intends to continue leaving a legacy for her family through her passion for service, hard-work, gratitude, and intellectual curiosity. Fanny was the Assistant Executive Editor in the Fall of 2016 for the South Texas Law Review and was also recently named Research Editor on the Executive Board of the South Texas Law Review. She is also a Director of the Board of Advocates, a finalist in the Fall Intramural Moot Court Competition, the 2L representative for the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and a member of Phi Delta Phi, an honor extended to the top 20.0% of her law school class. Her community involvement includes serving as a translator for the Asylum/Human Trafficking Clinic at STCL.
Gloriana Gonzalez 2017 University of Houston Law Center Recipient
Gloriana Gonzalez is a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center. Having moved here from Costa Rica at the age of three, she has since then called Houston her home. She is involved with the Hispanic Law Students Association at UHLC through the mentorship program and also as an executive board member. She is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution team and has proudly represented her university at the International Chamber of Commerce Competition in Paris, France. Gloriana is also On the Dean’s List, competed in the Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition in the Fall of 2016, and won a special award for “Best Advocacy Skills” at the ICC Mediation Competition in February of this year. She is presently employed as a Law Clerk for Liu & Associates having previously served as a Law Clerk for the UH Office of the General Counsel and as a Legal intern for the Panama Supreme Court-National Center for Conflict Resolution.
Ieshia Smith 2017 Thurgood Marshall School of Law Recipient
IeshiaSmith is the proud mother of five (5) children. She has not had an easy life, having been placed into Children Protective Services as a young child, dropping out of school, and losing the father of four (4) of her children when pregnant with her fourth. However, encouraged by her Bishop and Pastor, she returned to school to obtain her GED and continued on to graduate from the University of Houston Downton with a 3.5 grade point average. She is now a 2L at Thurgood Marshall School of Law ranking in the top 15.0% of her class. She also, somehow, finds the time to work with the non-profit Urban Research and Resource Center, serve as an academic tutor for 1L students, serve as a Student Ambassador for her school, serve on the board of the Christian Legal Society, as an officer for “Parents Attending Law School,” and as an Usher Board Member for Ministers for Christ Christian Center. Ieshia’s plans for the summer include serving as court appointed Special Ad Litem with Child Advocates.