25 Years of Scholarships
In May, we gathered to celebrate 25 years of scholarships. Guests included scholarship recipients, donors, and our 2022 Scholarship Review Committee members. All who attended at least had one thing in common - a shared belief in the power of education.

We have accomplished a lot over the last 25 years of scholarships. During the 1997-98 school year, we had one scholarship fund that awarded $15,000. During the 2021-22 school year, we had 43 scholarship funds that awarded over $3.2 million in scholarships. Over 25 years, Greater Houston Community Foundation has helped its donors award over $23.5 million in scholarships.
Scholarship donors, recipients, and committee members from Houston Country Club Scholarship, Lakeside County Club Scholarship, and The Buckingham Scholarship.
Thank you to our keynote speaker, Daniel Villanueva, Jr., Ph.D., Vice President of Enrollment Management at the University of Houston-Downtown, for sharing his educational journey, data on higher education financing, and the importance of higher education to Houston.
Thanks, John Buller Scholarship!
June 20, 2022, will mark the 25th birthday of Greater Houston Community Foundation’s first scholarship fund, the John Buller Scholarship. The John Buller Scholarship provides scholarship opportunities to Texas students who have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. To this day, the John Buller Scholarship has awarded scholarships to more than 30 students since the fund was established. Scholarships funds help our donors further their philanthropic impact in the world of postsecondary education.
2022 HNEF Scholarship Awards
We also hosted the HNEF Scholarship Award Luncheon in May at the Junior League of Houston. The Healthcare and Nursing Education Foundation (HNEF) supports the Greater Houston Metropolitan area’s healthcare resources by awarding scholarships to nursing students and providing high-impact program grants in health and human services-related fields.

Congratulations to all of the HNEF scholarship recipients!
NEW PROGRAM! Houston Youth Philanthropists
To be a founding sponsor or student, contact Allison Hale, Senior Philanthropic Associate, at ahale@ghcf.org or 713-333-2235.
We are pleased to announce the official launch of a new program, Houston Youth Philanthropists. Houston Youth Philanthropists is an initiative that is new to Houston and offered through a partnership between Greater Houston Community Foundation and Three Pillars Initiative. Houston Youth Philanthropy is a highly-engaged program for high school juniors and seniors. The comprehensive curriculum consists of modules for students to learn the fundamentals of fundraising, what a social enterprise business is, how to practice strategic grantmaking, and more. Juniors and seniors in the program will also work with assigned community mentors and design a service project.

Students who complete the Houston Youth Philanthropy program will be part of a national network of young philanthropists in high school and college who have gone through the program in their own communities.
Employee Disaster Relief Fund
It’s that time of year to get prepared… again! Hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30, is here! In 2021, we experienced 21 named storms, including seven hurricanes, which resulted in over 145 billion dollars in damage. The prediction for 2022 is an above-average season, so, unfortunately, we should prepare for plenty of activity this year, too!

Read more about important information you should know before your corporation establishes an Employee Disaster Relief Fund. See what you can do to provide immediate and long-term disaster relief to your company’s most valuable asset, your employees!
To learn more about how to establish a Disaster Relief Fund for your employees, please contact Director of Corporate Relations, Stephanie Blair, at sblair@ghcf.org or 713-333-2233.
LISC Houston Announces Laura Jaramillo as Executive Director
Congratulations to Greater Houston Community Foundation Board Member, Laura Jaramillo! Laura was named Executive Director of LISC Houston after serving as Interim Executive Director since the Fall of 2021. LISC works to forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America with residents and partners. Its goal is to create great places to live, work, visit, do business, and raise families!
Happy Retirement, Ed!
Ed Padar, Controller, is retiring this month after 19 years of service to Greater Houston Community Foundation. Thanks, Ed, for your role in inspiring and creating meaningful change on our community.
"Ed has been a terrific colleague for the past two decades! He is a person of impeccable integrity and a very smart, hard-working individual. He does whatever is necessary to complete a project quickly and effectively. He has always sought to make Greater Houston Community Foundation better and he is, without doubt, an essential part of our legacy. It is not too much to say we would not be where we are today without his leadership of the accounting team and his leadership role in our industry. It has been a privilege and fun to work alongside Ed and I wish him only the best in the next chapter of his life. Thank you for all you have done here Ed!" - Stephen Maislin, President & CEO
Community News: Houston Muslim Study
In 2018, New America contracted with SSRS in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, to conduct the Houston Muslim Study. The study sought to interview Muslim residents of Houston to learn more about their experiences living in Houston, their perceptions of the quality of life for Muslims in Houston, their levels of civic engagement, and the extent to which they, their families, and their friends face discrimination or other challenges as a result of their faith.

The survey was conducted from March 30, 2021, through May 2, 2021, and had a total of 773 respondents. This is the largest study ever conducted with American Muslims at the local level in the United States.