The HBAA Charitable Fund scholarship is awarded to a 2L who will be graduating the following year. The first scholarship was awarded in 2004 to Brittany Perez from the University of Houston Law Center. Since 2007 we have raised enough funds to give three scholarships each year - one $5,000 scholarship to a deserving student at each Houston law school - Houston College of Law (formerly South Texas College of Law), the University of Houston Law Center and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. We have awarded over thirty-three scholarships since 2004.
Unlike most scholarships awarded solely on grade points, we require more than just academic excellence – we search for students who have not only maintained stellar grade point averages but have exhibited outstanding student leadership skills, active community involvement and volunteerism, and those evidencing financial need. We want to reach those students who, while not only working hard to maintain those excellent grades, understand that giving back to others through community involvement, mentoring, and volunteering, contributes to a truly rounded individual who will be better able to serve their clients and communities going forward.
Following are just a few examples of some of our past recipients:
2007 South Texas College of Law Recipient.
Jennifer spent 10 years teaching special education and was a classroom teacher for the hearing impaired before starting law school. She was a volunteer for Child Advocates while attending law school. Jennifer participates in marathons all over the country to raise money for cancer research. After five years as an employment attorney, she combined her interest in education and her legal experience to become Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Pflugerville ISD.
Alexander Morningstar 2008 University of Houston Law Center Recipient
Alexander had a clear goal when he began law school. He wanted to join the Judge Advocate General Corps and make a difference in the world. After passing the bar, Alexander was stationed in Ft. Stewart, GA and then deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he served as Chief of Operational Law for the Combined Joint Task Force and Regional Command South. He is currently based in Hawaii as a prosecutor with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command. While in law school, he was an editor on Law Review, received other awards, and mentored other students.
Bianca Castillo 2008 Thurgood Marshall School of Law Recipient
Bianca was the single mom of a young daughter, worked part time and attended law school full time when she applied for our scholarship. With all of this on her plate, she still found the time to mentor 1Ls and participate in fund-raisers for her community and her church. She is currently an attorney specializing in military and immigration law.
2010 University of Houston Law Center Recipient
Brent was the Executive Editor of the Houston Law Review, maintained excellent grades in law school, and volunteered with the Women’s Home and the Young Professionals for Children Organizations. He is currently an associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Houston.
2012 University of Houston Law Center Recipient
Joe served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa from 2004 through 2006 in the Girls Education and Empowerment Program. Upon returning from the Peace Corps, he continued his professional development at the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. He helped develop Texas’s organ, tissue and eye donor registry program. Joe excelled in law school, served on Houston Law Review, and belonged to several societies. He is now an attorney at Strasburger & Price in San Antonio.
Andrea J. Curtis
2016 Thurgood Marshall School of Law Recipient.
Andrea was involved with the criminal justice system for 10 years as a Court Liaison Officer and Presentence Investigator for the Harris County Supervision and Corrections Department. She collaborated with the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs to assist in the creation of the first ever Veteran’s Court in Texas to identify honorably discharged veteran offenders suffering with PTSD and TBI to provide specialized supervision and resolve felony charges without final conviction. She served as the liaison officer for the court, the clients and the VA. Since entering law school, she has received 3 CALI awards, tutored 1Ls in Contract Law, and this year, 2Ls in Evidence Law, while volunteering with the Wounded Warrior Project, HYLA, and the Houston Food Bank. Andrea also works part time as a fitness trainer and participates in charity fun runs and marathons raising money for various causes. As a 2L, she was number 6 in her class.
Two of our other past recipients, Lindsey Moorhead (South Texas College of Law) and Marcella Burke (University of Houston Law Center), have continued the community service they began in law school by devoting many hours to pro bono work and by serving as directors for the HBAA Charitable Fund, Inc., and as past co-chairs of the Scholarship Committee. Lindsey is an Associate Attorney with Jackson Walker, LLP in Houston. Marcella is an Associate Attorney with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in Houston.