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Students at Houston Community College who have been forced to interrupt their classes or who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey may be eligible for additional scholarships after the State of Qatar has handed over to the Foundation HCC a check for $ 300,000 Wednesday.
The check is part of the $ 30 million Harvey Fund, established in 2018 in Qatar to facilitate long-term recovery efforts in southeastern Texas. This money will go to the Rebuild Texas fund, which will be used to fund students at Houston Community College.
"Those of us from Qatar and the Arab Gulf have seen how Houston has been united after the storm, and Qatar wants to support this strong community," said Khaled Al Sulaiti, vice consul of the Consulate General. of the State of Qatar. "Although my country is relatively small compared to a state as big as Texas, our people have a very big heart and we know that Texans too."
Other projects funded by the Qatar Harvey Fund include $ 2.5 million for the City of Houston Homelessness Reduction Fund, $ 2.5 million for Riverside Hospital Renovation and $ 241,000. for Wesley AME Church While $ 16.24 million of the fund has been dispersed, the projects to be funded by the remaining $ 13.76 million will likely be announced in the weeks and months ahead. An advisory committee – including University of Houston President Renu Khator, former Houston Mayor Bill White and Eileen Lawal of the Houston Freedmen's Town Conservatory – will decide how the rest of the funds will be spent.
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On Wednesday, HCC's board of directors reelected Carolyn Evans-Shabazz as president for 2019. Evans-Shabazz was first elected to the board in 2015 and then president in 2018. The director John P. Hansen was chosen vice president, and administrator Zeph Capo was called to be secretary.
The council also approved the sale of land behind the Main Street campus, although trustee Dave Wilson proposed to the council to lease this property and resell it at a later date, the value of the land in the heart of Houston still appreciating. The motion was passed by 6 votes to 2, with the directors Wilson and Neeta Sane opposed to the measure.