Reaching Your Potential - Students

College, Education, Linda Lorelle, Scholarship, SMARTUP, Finding Your Voice, Best Version of Yourself
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Linda Lorelle

Linda Lorelle is a journalist who anchored the evening news for nearly 17 years at Houston's NBC affiliate, KPRC-TV. From her Emmy for "Beyond Brown vs. Board: The Journey Continues," a documentary on how Houston desegregated its schools to her Emmy Award-winning, and first-person account of another local news anchor's cancer, Lorelle's stories have had a significant impact on the lives of Houstonians. Lorelle also garnered two national Gracie Awards, given by the American Women in Radio and Television. Linda's community activities include the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund; the Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center; the Houston Police Foundation; the High School for Performing and Visual Arts; Susan G. Komen Foundation; Pink Ribbons Project; Sisters Network; San Jacinto Girl Scouts; the Women's Resource; Society of Professional Journalists; the Houston Zoo; the Junior League; the Children's Assessment Center Foundation; Casa de Esperanza and I Have A Dream. Linda is devoted to her husband, Lou, and their daughter, Lindsey.

He or She Might Be Thinking About...

  • Do I have what it takes to achieve my objectives and potential?
  • No one in my family has finished college. I am not sure if I can do it?
  • I don't have the grades to perform at a high level.
  • I am not sure if I can afford to go to the college of my choice?
  • Do I need to go to college to achieve my life objectives?
  • What should I do if I do not score high on the SAT and ACT Exams?
  • What are the three biggest strengths?
  • What are my three biggest weaknesses?
  • Where should I spend my time developing (strengths or weaknesses)?
  • What skills and capabilities should I be developing?
  • Will I be more successful than my parents?
  • Are my parents really ok with me getting better opportunities than what they were offered?
  • What do I do if I really dislike a class that I am taking?
  • What types of extracurricular activities should I join to improve my chances of success?
  • Do I have the right clothes required to go to a job interview?
  • Do I need a mentor? What should I be talking about with my mentor?
  • Will I need financial aid to attend college? How much will I owe when I am done with school?

Words That Might Be Encouraging

  • I believe in you. You can do this!
  • First generation college students can do as well as 2nd generation college students.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help if you run into challenging situations.
  • You have everything you need to be successful.
  • You are smart enough to figure out what you need to do to be successful.
  • You have proven to me that you know how to work hard when it's most important.
  • You have earned this opportunity to be successful.
  • Don't be afraid to stand alone if your friends are doing things that distract you from getting your school work done.
  • It's ok to believe in yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, why should anyone else believe in you?
  • Don't be afraid to talk to your professors about ways to master the material.
  • Create study groups to fill in the gaps related to topics you don't understand or may have missed during the lecture.

Words That Might Be Discouraging

  • No one in our family has ever attended college.
  • You don't need to attend college to get a good paying job.
  • Do you think you are better than us because you are going to college?
  • I am making great sacrifices for you to go to college. It would be nice if you could show a little more gratitude.
  • This job is paying for food and a roof over your head.
  • Every dollar going into your college fund is money that could be going towards a nicer car or home for our family.
  • We are spending a lot of money for you to go to school. You should be getting A's in every class.
  • Maybe college is not really for you. You can always come home and work on my crew.

Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund

The Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund is rooted in the belief that all students should have the opportunity to access higher education, regardless of the hand they were dealt when they entered this world. That fundamental belief drives our dedication to providing college scholarships , support and guidance to Houston area high school students in need of financial assistance, whose potential may be unfulfilled due to circumstances beyond their control. 713-344-0618

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