Meet the Newest Smith-Hutson Scholars

Newest Smith-Hutson Scholars

Meet a few of SHSU’s newest and brightest ’21-’22 Bearkats, joining the campus community with the distinguished title of Smith-Hutson Scholars.

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Brianna Reyes

Dayton, Texas
Education & Composite Science

Becoming a Smith-Hutson scholar has completely changed my perspective on the future by giving me something to look forward to. This opportunity not only funds my education, but it also offers a family and a home away from home. I’m excited to change lives in my future career as a science teacher, and as a friend, sister and proud Smith-Hutson scholar.

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Maci Wingfield

Kirbyville, Texas

A great education is a privilege some can't access, and it shouldn't be taken for granted. I would love to use this education opportunity to accomplish all of my goals and then, help others through their college experience, like the Smith-Hutson program is doing for me.

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Thomas Chambers Jr.

Hubbard, Texas
Communication Studies

I’m most excited to be a part of the Smith-Hutson community. I know this group will help me make friends that will make my college experience so much better. The biggest aspect that made Sam stand apart from others was the campus. I visited several other universities, and they fell short compared to Sam.

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Karen Carreon Garcia

Giddings, Texas
Public Health

Being a part of this program has allowed me to see that I can attend a four-year university. During high school, I thought this would not be possible financially since my twin sister and I were going to enter this new chapter together. SHSU gave me the feeling of being a part of a family community, which is something that was important to me when looking at different campuses.

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Sofia Pereira

Houston, Texas

This opportunity has definitely changed my perspective of the future. I have a brighter outlook on what I’m capable of achieving. It has provided me with a fueled ambition aimed towards becoming a more diligent version of myself. I look forward to attending campus events, exploring organizations, and taking part in volunteer activities.

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Angelica Ricks

La Porte, Texas
History and Education

I am more confident because I can see that going to college is affordable and I can get it done. I am looking forward to setting my own path and making decisions that are right for me and my future.

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Heidi Parra

Houston, Texas

I set my mind to become a Smith-Hutson scholar and now that I am one, my hope for a better future has gone through the roof. I realize I have what it takes to achieve my goals. I'm looking forward to making long, lasting connections that will help me grow professionally and as a person.

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Kara Fleming

Georgetown, Texas

I am incredibly grateful for everything the Smith-Hutson program has given me! It has opened so many opportunities. Without it, I likely wouldn’t have been able to attend SHSU. Now, I hope to graduate and start my career without having to worry about student loan debt, which will make it so much easier to support myself.