PMI Houston Education Foundation Awards $40,000 in Scholarships

The Project Management Institute (PMI) Houston Education Foundation has awarded  $2000 scholarships to 20 Houston-area undergraduate and graduate students in fields emphasizing the importance of project management.  These generous scholarships support students and are also one of the many ways that the organization fosters excellence in the project management profession.

The application process was competitive and PMIHEF Academic Outreach Director, David Thomas, spoke enthusiastically about the program.  “This is the first year our scholarship program will be run by the PMI Houston Educational Foundation and the second year that PMI Houston has a great opportunity to give back to the local Project Management community.  We first awarded $40,000 to celebrate PMI Houston's 40 years of service to the community in 2014.  This year brings another $40,000 in scholarships to further the education of the next generation of Project Managers.”

SHSU Associate Professor of Management, Dr. Pamela Zelbst, expressed her gratitude for the PMI Houston Education Foundation’s support.  “In 2014 and 2015, a total of 32 scholarships have been or will be awarded to Sam Houston State University students in the College of Business Administration.  We thank PMI Houston for their generous support of our students.”

Scholarship recipient and Sam Houston State University (SHSU) student David VanHorn explained that in addition to working full time as a Project Manager, he is a full-time student and will soon earn a M.S. in Project Management.  “The scholarship is not just a financial benefit - it is a great opportunity that really means something to me.”  After a few more years of work experience, VanHorn plans to return to school for a Ph.D. in Operations Management and hopes to use his project management skills to give back to the community.

Amanda Jezierski is also a current student at SHSU with plans to graduate with an MBA in December 2015.  The aspect of project management that Jezierski enjoys most is turning needs into qualitative and quantifiable results.  “I am very grateful to use the scholarship from the PMI Houston Education Foundation to help pay for my last semester's tuition at SHSU.  I look forward to learning more about project management as a discipline and hope to use the skills towards a project management career in the future.”

Congratulations to the 2015 Scholarship Recipients!

Sam Houston State University

Amanda Jezierski
Austin Somers
Christian Darthard
Crystal Currie
David VanHorn
Debbie Nichols
Hermella Dejene
Cameron Dennington
Kady Woods
Kayanne Warzon
Maria Lopez
Martez Jones
Nataliya Povarenkina
Subash Maharjan

University of Houston

Bolaji Ajisegiri
Burak Cankaya
Mohit Borde
Soma Grover
Sparsh Varma
Vishal Gulati

The PMI Houston Education Foundation is dedicated to serving Houston area students and Veterans in the pursuit of Project Management Education and Training.