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Andrew Henley – Thomas Dugan Raffen Memorial Scholarship

6 Jun



Andrew Henley has been a member of the Stelos family for some time now – he was selected to participate in the Housley Principled Leadership Program in 2012 where he won a scholarship for his dedication to the program. He has also served a Stelos Fellow for the fall and spring semesters of this year where he manages our social media and scholarship marketing efforts.

This spring at the Stelos Alliance Awards, we were proud to award Andrew with the Thomas Dugan Raffen Memorial Scholarship.

In addition to his involvement with the Stelos Alliance, Andrew has maintained leadership positions on campus where he has developed himself and other student leaders in his capacity as the Executive Vice President of Student Foundation and the Senate Pro-Tempore for the Associated Student Government.

Andrew said this about receiving the Raffen Memorial Scholarship: “Working with Stelos has given me a greater knowledge of who Tommy Raffen was, and I am very touched that I was selected to receive this memorial scholarship. Being recognized for the work I’ve done throughout college is very humbling.”

Andrew has a passion for helping younger students fulfill their potential. He valued his time at Texas State very much and credits Student Foundation as the organization that allowed him to feel at home and accomplish his extra-curricular goals on campus.

After graduation in August, Andrew plans to stay in central Texas and pursue work in the non-profit sector before returning to school to receive his MBA.

For us at Stelos, the most rewarding part of our work is creating relationships with students that last beyond their college career. We know Andrew will continue to support our mission and we look forward to continuing to help him reach his potential.


Lindsey Hendrix – John Garrison Leadership Award

28 May




John Garrison served as the Dean of Students at Texas State University for over 30 years, where he championed several initiatives including the creation of Student Foundation, the name change from Southwest Texas to Texas State, and the push for Texas State to move to Division I (FBS) football.

The John Garrison Leadership Award was created to honor a student leader at Texas State who exhibits the honor, leadership, sacrifice and courage that characterized Dr. Garrison’s legacy; and the young lady selected as this year’s recipient certainly left her mark at Texas State.

Throughout her college career, Lindsey Hendrix served as a President of the Panhellenic Council, Vice President of Administration for Student Foundation, and the Executive Assistant for the Texas State Associated Student Government. As a student leader, one of Lindsey’s proudest moments was serving as Panhellenic President when her council laid the foundation to expand the Greek system with the addition of a new sorority on campus – Gamma Phi Beta.

Lindsey graduated this May with her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and plans on furthering her education by becoming proficient in another language; “Being bilingual is a real advantage and broadens the number of lives I can touch.  I will use this scholarship money to pursue international course work and engage in teaching techniques and interventions that will serve Spanish speaking populations.”

Hendrix says the qualities that helped her achieve success in college were integrity and passion: “I believe that integrity and passion are two of the most important qualities for success.  Integrity should be seen and passion must be felt.”

We were proud to have Lindsey as a student in the inaugural Housley Principled Leadership Program and congratulate her graduation and selection as the 2013 John Garrison Leadership Award winner.

Jamie Lahiere – Stelos Superstar

17 May


Earlier this spring we wrapped up the fourth offering of the Housely Principled Leadership Program. Each semester there is always one student who demonstrates their complete commitment to the program – this semester was no different. During each of our seven sessions, Jamie Lahiere was vocal about the things she was wrestling with and open to the ideas of others. She asked hard questions and worked to custom fit the principles of the program into her own life and leadership practices.

For these reasons and many more, we were proud to award Jamie with the Housley Principled Leadership Award – a $1,500 scholarship.

When asked which sessions were her favorite, Jamie had a hard time narrowing it down. She enjoyed the introspective aspects of each session – especially session six on living a life of meaning. “It (Housley) opened my eyes to what it means to live a life of meaning and inspired me to pursue a vision that will transform my ideals and passions into a life-long mission,” Lahiere said.

“It was a pleasure having Jamie participate in our program because she helped further the dialogue during each session. Her commitment and dedication to the principles we discuss is the best way to honor the program’s namesake and my dear friend, Kevin Housley. We are very excited to see what Jamie is able to accomplish in the next few years,” said Bill Poston, President of the Stelos Alliance and one of the program’s facilitators.

Upon receiving her scholarship, Jamie had this to say: “Being awarded the 2013 Housley Principled Leadership Award was a huge honor; I have never received a scholarship before. The award was really the icing on the cake of an incredible development experience.”

Jamie graduated from Texas State University this May with a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies. Her plans after graduation are to continue developing her leadership skills and learning from the people around her. Jamie plans on utilizing the money from her scholarship to either invest in a start-up or fund a trip.

Whatever she chooses, Jamie is going to leave her mark. We are proud to have Jamie join the Stelos family.

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