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Students Receive Inaugural Award for Community Service Excellence

Two outstanding students were recently recognized for their volunteerism and leadership and selected to receive the inaugural Dr. William V. Flores and Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores Student Award for Community Service Excellence.

To be eligible for the award, which includes a $500 scholarship, students must have a 2.5 GPA, 100 hours of community service and submit a two-page essay detailing how service plays a role their lives.

The two students selected include Wendy Ramirez and Heide Laser.

Ramirez volunteers at the Casa Juan Diego, a homeless shelter for immigrant families, where she spent time as a child. Her future plans include attending medical school so that she can help others, as she and her mother already help to care for her paralyzed father. At UHD, Ramirez is a member of Scholars Academy, a tutor and peer mentor. She is also a member of the Student Government Association and Health Professions Organizations.

Laser is a volunteer case manager with the Harris County Jail's Mentoring Moms Program, where she designs service plans for expectant clients that connect them with community-based resources depending on their needs. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society for Leadership and Success, and will graduate Magna Cum Laude in May.

"The winners of this award have demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteerism and community engagement," said President Flores. "I am proud to recognize these students who have made a difference in their communities and in the lives of those they serve."

With community engagement a hallmark of UHD, this award will continue to recognize those outstanding students whose efforts to serve and support the Houston community reflect the mission of the University.