Growing up with financial hardships, Kristina Ellis understands the struggles students have when applying for college scholarships. But she also knows from experience the secret to graduating debt-free. She will impart her wisdom as the featured guest speaker at the annual East Montgomery County Scholarship Foundation Gala on Sept. 17. The gala each year raises money for the EMCSF, which provides scholarships to all high school graduates within the boundaries of the East Montgomery County Improvement District.
Kristina’s hard work and perseverance paid off when she was awarded over $500,000 in scholarships for college. Now on a mission to help students find similar or even greater success, Kristina is excited to share her success story with guests at the gala.
Held at the EMCID Complex, the evening kicks off with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., with the program featuring Kristina and Kylie Milton, a 2012 Porter High School graduate, and EMCSF multiple scholarship winner who is currently working on her second bachelor’s degree. The gala will also feature live and silent auctions, with numerous items including a pool table donated by Presidential Billiards, which retails at $5,500. Attendees also have a shot at collage of various gift cards from the community, valued at $700, for the price of a $20 raffle ticket.
“We look forward to this event every year,” said Brenda Webb, Chairman of the EMCSF. “But I think this year is going to be an extraordinary, history-making night for East Montgomery County and our students. Please come and be a part of it.”
The EMCSF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the area through education. Every student who graduates from New Caney or Splendora ISD, a home school program or private school within the EMCID boundaries, or those who live within the boundaries but attend a private school elsewhere is eligible for a $1,600 scholarship. GED recipients are also eligible. Additionally, the foundation offers a $500 renewable merit-based scholarship to college students with at least 48 college credit hours who meet the requirements, and a $750 paid internship to high school seniors.
To date, the EMCSF has provided nearly $3 million in scholarships, and the upcoming gala is the best way to ensure these programs continue to be a success.
Sponsorships starting at $500 are available as well as individual tickets for $75 per person. The deadline to register for the event is Sept. 3. For more information, call 281-354-4419 or go to emctx.com/scholarships/gala.