2021 Scholarship Recipients
Texas A&M Recipient
Christina Horak is currently in her second semester as a student at Texas A&M at Galveston pursuing a masters degree in Maritime Administration. She has had involvement with the TAMUG Propeller since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. During the duration of the semester, she attended actively all of the Propeller Club’s meetings, and she holds the position of events coordinator for the club. In addition to attending multiple additional events such as weekly volunteering at the Galveston Seafarers Center, she has planned socials, invited speakers, and assisted with meeting set up and organization for the club. Additionally, she has also volunteered for events with the Houston Propeller Club including the shooting tournament.
Beyond her involvement with the club, she is a student worker in the Maritime Administration department and is involved in various other clubs including SAMA and MBA. These clubs and her position have assisted in her knowledge of the industry significantly. Currently she is interested in project cargo management and hopes to work at the port of Houston when she graduates.
Texas Southern University Recipient
Chantel Hunter is a 25-year-old senior at Texas Southern University majoring in Maritime Transportation Management and Security. She lived on the outskirts of Beijing, China until the age of 16 when she moved to the United States of America to pursue a college degree. She has an Associates Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from Houston Community College. She is very active in extracurricular activities such as being the President of the Maritime Student Association, Acting President in the Propeller Club Houston at TSU, and an active member of various other Organizations on and off of her home campus. She has an invested interest in Logistics, Security, Railway, Environment, and Project Cargo aspects of the transportation, oil and gas, and maritime fields.
University of Houston Recipient
Willi Gerami is a senior at the University of Houston studying Supply Chain and Logistics Technology. He is passionate about all matters related to the maritime industry and the multitude of vessels that navigate throughout our port. Willi has an A.S.S. in International Business and Logistics with Maritime Specialty from San Jacinto College and will be receiving his B.S. in Supply Chain and Logistics Technology from the University in Houston in 2021. He held the positions of President and Vice President for the Supply Chain Industrial Distribution Organization from 2018-2020. He was a past Regional Sales Manager for CSCC, Inc and a Voyage Data Analyst for Moran Shipping. Willi is currently a student intern for WGMA.
San Jacinto College Recipient
My name is Jehan Gonzales and I come from a Filipino descent. My parents were migrants in the 1980’s searching for a better life and opportunity in the United States. Both in their early twenties, they were impoverished and thin, but their relentless belief in God and the Bible served as a blueprint to their perseverance and goodwill. Now, can’t believe how they pulled off rags to riches story while holding the key to happiness at the same time.
I know that fighting spirit from my parents boiled down to me. I am content with where I am, yet always striving for more. Nobody can dim my light and I continue to become a better version of myself. It was not easy finding who I am and what I believe in. It took myriads of trials and strife, but I view it as uncomfortable times that always end in a moment of clarity and in those moments, is a lesson. Change takes time, but the results are gratifying. Bamboo will spend years underground, developing intricate root systems but they would flourish one hundred feet tall in less than a day.
That is how each chapter of my life is. A new development and challenge to overcome.