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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.


Ryan Elliott – Stelos Superstar

29 Apr


On any given day in San Marcos, Texas you’re likely to see a young man riding his longboard down the hills of Texas State University’s campus. Ryan Elliott is not only an avid skateboarder, but a Californian, an honorary Texan, and a Housley Principled Leadership Scholar. 

Ryan took part in the spring 2013 Housley Principled Leadership Program and was selected to receive one of three scholarship awards because of his demonstrated commitment to his own personal development and to the themes explored throughout the course.

Housley made me analyze not only myself, but my actions and their effect on others around me. I feel as if I’ve developed greatly as a leader – a development I hope to share with others as I move forward with my future endeavors,” said Elliott about his experiences in Housley.

Bill Poston, the president of the Stelos Alliance, had this to say about Ryan, “Ryan was not afraid to buy into the themes that we cover in Housley, but he also wasn’t afraid to push back. Having students come alive during our program is the greatest way we honor our friend Kevin, and Ryan definitely came alive.”

Upon receiving his scholarship Ryan had this to say, “I don’t get much financial support, so being awarded this scholarship makes me very proud of the work I put into Housley.”

One of Elliot’s proudest moments involving his leadership was creating his own organization: the Extreme Sports Club. The organization has since been renamed to the Adventure Club, through which Elliot and his members foster a sense of community through various outdoor activities. “Creating something that bears fruit is one of life’s greatest rewards,” said Elliot.

Following graduation, Ryan plans to move to Austin, Texas and begin working in the non-profit sector. His long term goal is to create a non-profit that provides international microloans and microfinance opportunities for leaders in developing countries. Elliott would like to give people the chance to change their own lives for the better, and he wants to see it happen on a global scale.

It was a pleasure having Ryan Elliott in our Housley program, and we expect great things from him. He is a Stelos Superstar.

Bobcats for a Better Tomorrow

23 Apr
Photo taken by Carlos Valdez, Assitant Phot Editor- The University Star.

Photo taken by Carlos Valdez, Assistant Photo Editor- The University Star

A year ago we were proud to watch two alums of our Housley Principled Leadership Program elected as the Student Body President and Vice President of Texas State University: Nathan McDaniel and Alison Sibley.

One year later, we are again proud to see two Housley graduates inaugurated as Student Body President and Vice President; Vanessa Cortez and Edward Perez were sworn in last week as the new representatives of Texas State University’s 35,000 students.

Vanessa and Eddie ran with the slogan, “Bobcats for a Better Tomorrow” to signify their passion for the university and their goal to further improve Texas State. They took a strong stance during the campaign to begin a culture shift at the university – a shift that promotes pride, builds attendance at athletic events, and makes Texas State an even more desirable university.

“I am truly honored to be elected as the next student body president and I’m excited to serve the students as their voice to the administration,” said Cortez following her inauguration. “Housley made a large impact on my life and was the motivation I needed to run for this position. Housley not only helped me realize my potential but it continuously helps me fulfill my potential because it taught me the importance of taking initiative and being proactive. “

Just a few days after taking office, Cortez and Perez are already hard at work preparing for their term in office, from scheduling meetings with administrators to meeting with their newly elected senators. Edward Perez had this to say about his new responsibility: “I am very honored that the students at Texas State deemed me qualified to represent them. Running for office was a year long goal and I cannot wait to see what this upcoming year has in store for Vanessa and me. “

We are proud to see graduates of the Housley program continue to choose to accept the responsibilities of leadership; and we are proud to have Vanessa and Eddie as members of the Stelos family.




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