CYPRESS — Lone Star College-CyFair’s National Society of Leadership and Success Chapter President Erika Guerra recently was named recipient of a $1,000 scholarship chosen from nearly 500 participants at the fall NSLS summit.
“Winning this scholarship was a great moment for me and my family,” said Guerra, who is balancing being a full-time wife and mother of two, working and going to school. “Lone Star College has truly changed the course of my future. And I hope to leave a legacy here at LSC-Fair, so when my children come here, they will see you can be anything you put your mind to doing.”
Guerra began her education journey toward a new career path in 2014. After being a Registered Massage Therapist for more than a decade, she was ready for a change. Early on there was a family tragedy and thoughts of giving up on her new dream. Driven to finish what she started, Guerra built up enough courage to get involved in campus activities, becoming a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Student Government Association (she is executive vice president this fall) and the NSLS.
In 2019, she graduated LSC-CyFair with an Associate Degree in Business Administration Business Management. However, she was not done. This fall she is earning a workforce certificate in Geographical Information Systems with plans to find a job with companies like ConocoPhillips or the Harris County Flood Control District.
“My participation in NSLS is crucial to the development of not just me, but the hundreds (275 new enrollees in LSC-CyFair’s chapter this fall) of members who are also gaining skills to include on their resume for use in future careers and in building confidence in their leadership abilities,” said Guerra, holder of NSLS’s Advanced Leadership Certificate and in pursuit of the program’s Executive Certification.
This leadership program is designed to help students develop skills to become good leaders; critical thinkers, collaborators and impactful citizens while developing confidence, personal growth, and self-awareness. The NSLS mission statement is: Building Leaders Who Make a Better World.
“This scholarship is a wonderful acknowledgement of Erika’s achievements and determination to reach her academic goals,” said LSC-CyFair President Dr. Seelpa Keshvala. “Her initiative to improve leadership skills through participation in several student organizations will serve her well in her future career.”
Only in the chapter’s second year, LSC-Fair is already ranked among the top 100 chapters nationwide, which are primarily 4-year institutions. Five scholarships are available to cover costs of interested new students. For information on LSC-CyFair’s NSLS chapter, email Margit.Beasley@LoneStar.
Helping more than 23,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the 5th comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just three miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at LSC-CyFair as well as at LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 93,000+ students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of seven colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.