(Orange, Texas)

September 8, 2013

EHCMA announces scholarship program for college students

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

HOUSTON — The East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) is partnering with San Jacinto College and Lee College to establish 12 $1,000 scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year that will support students who are interested in pursuing skilled trades in the petrochemical industry.

The scholarships will be awarded to six students at San Jacinto College and six students at Lee College who meet the program requirements and are pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in either process technology, instrumentation technology, electrical technology, welding technology, millwrighting technology, machining technology or pipefitting technology at either college.

In addition to the financial benefit of the scholarship, EHCMA is working to align scholarship recipients with mentors in their respective fields of study. Mentors would offer experiential support of the student’s chosen career path.

“Having an industry professional who can provide knowledge and career advice would be a major benefit for students,” said EHCMA board chairman John Parkinson. “This relationship will help students build one-on-one communication skills and provide support for their studies, as well as serve as a networking opportunity for future job placement.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above; be enrolled in at least six hours of program specific courses during each semester as a full-time student or at least three hours of program specific courses during each semester as a part-time student. Applicants will also be asked to complete a one-page essay.

“EHCMA is committed to workforce development, and works to communicate and educate the community about career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry,” said Roy Watson, chair of EHCMA’s workforce development committee. “Therefore, it is important for us to bridge the gap between education and the need for skilled labor in order to continue growth in the industry.”

EHCMA member companies employ more than 27,000 people throughout East Harris County and contribute to the creation of 200,000 jobs. Rapid growth in the U.S. oil and gas industry is leading to expansion in manufacturing and construction, and increased employment opportunities for skilled positions in operations and maintenance.

For Lee College scholarship information and application, please visit Applicants interested in the San Jacinto College scholarship, please contact Michael Speegle at or 281-478-2716.