BOBBY LOPEZ – Bob Hope School invests in graduates, community with summer interns – Port Arthur News
Transforming a community takes a lot of effort, but it means a lot to the success of our region.
This is why we must invest in the future of our young people. Thinking back to my undergraduate years at the University of Houston, the tuition and fees were structured very differently than they are today.
Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, loans and internships generally covered all of my expenses. The room and board were covered in exchange for the role of attendant for a disabled UH student.
Textbooks can be bought and resold or purchased as is. Today, tuition fees, tuition fees, and books are extremely expensive.
Bob Hope School understands the financial hardships many students face while studying at university. To support our former graduates who are now in college, we are offering them the opportunity to return to work on campus during the summer.
As we did last year, Bob Hope School continues to invest in our alumni who are now attending university.
Currently we have the following colleges and universities represented: Stanford University, Emory University, University of Texas, Baylor University, University of Houston, Stephen F. Austin University, University of State of Texas, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M Texarkana, Lamar University, LIT, and San Jacinto College.
During the summer internship, students are placed either with a school employee or in a particular department that best matches their career choice. Students are paid $ 15 an hour in the hope that their earnings will be used to pay for tuition, books, dorms, and meals for the upcoming semester.
What do these former BHS graduates say?
The feedback is overwhelmingly positive.
There are countless thanks for believing in them, providing them with many opportunities and for academic exposure through our dual credit program.
Many students find that the rigor of the dual credit courses has significantly prepared them for the transition from high school to college. We thank LSCPA for its partnership and support in this effort.
As we work to transform a community, we hear from students wanting to come back and give back to their neighborhood. The prospect of their contributions is exciting.
BHS graduates specialize in a variety of fields and look forward to working in medical, finance, education, engineering, computer science, psychology, and criminal justice.
So why are we investing in our alumni?
BHS believes that investing in the front-end will result in superior results than having to invest later, and unwittingly invest, in the back-end of their life.
When I was on the board of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, most of the students entering the juvenile justice system were from inner city areas.
It goes without saying that a proactive approach is much better than a reactive approach.
We live in the great state of Texas and we all have to work to keep it strong.
Let’s invest in the future of our students and give them the opportunity to transform our community.
Dr. Bobby Lopez, CEO, has been Superintendent of the Bob Hope School since 2010. Contact him at [email protected] or 409-983-3244.