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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pasadena Chamber awards scholarship to drama major

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College (SJC) Central drama major Lauren Ayala was all smiles when she recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce cultural arts committee.

“This scholarship means so much because theatre is my passion and this will enable me to focus on my college work,” said Ayala, who lives in Deer Park and graduated from La Porte High School.

The Chamber awarded Ayala the scholarship based on faculty recommendations. “We chose Lauren because we were impressed with her work ethic, determination, and willingness to do anything asked of her,” commented Richard Turner, SJC drama professor. “She is a very talented and versatile performer, and has stepped in literally at the eleventh hour to take on difficult assignments that helped to make productions successful.”

Ayala says she chose San Jacinto College because of its tradition of preparing drama students in every area of theater work. “Going into the performing arts world is a gamble, and I believe the more versatile one is, the easier it is to fit any position offered,” she commented. “Some people only act, some only direct, some only dance. As I continue my education at San Jac, I could be the lighting technician, or the choreographer, or even the leading lady. I want to be as well rounded as possible.”

After earning an associate degree at SJC, Ayala plans to transfer either to Sam Houston State University, or Texas State University to major in musical theatre.

About the San Jacinto College Foundation: The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information or to make a donation, please visit, or call 281-998-6104.

About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit, or find us on Facebook at

Photo: People who participated in the scholarship presentation included, from left: Lucy Turoff, and Richard Sims, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce cultural arts committee; Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College executive director for development; Bert Muston, cultural arts committee chair; Tammie McAdams, SJC foundation administrative assistant; Lauren Ayala, SJC drama student; Richard Turner, SJC drama professor; Tami Tong, Texas Chiropractic College student; Dr. Clay McDonald, Texas Chiropractic College senior vice president; Dr. Richard Brassard, Texas Chiropractic College president; Dr. Fred Zuker, Texas Chiropractic College dean of enrollment; Sherry Trainer, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce president; Dr. Steve Haslund, Texas Chiropractic College vice president student/administrative affairs; and Greg Clary, cultural arts committee member. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.

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