On May 6, 2014, the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston celebrated its 40th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Omni Houston Hotel. Sixty-eight graduating seniors received scholarships to help them with their scholarship expenses. Following the ideals of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Association believes that the tonic benefits of a liberal arts education should be broadly available. With the gifts of our generous donors, the Association was able to make college education more accessible for some of the best and brightest students in the Greater Houston area. This year’s fundraising was so successful that each of the winning scholars received $4,000 scholarships.
We also honored two of our city’s most deserving citizens; Jenard M. Gross and Mike Feinberg. Mr. Gross is President of Gross Investments and was honored as the Association’s Outstanding Phi Beta Kappa Alumnus. He founded the Phi Beta Kappa Houston chapter and the Houston scholarship program. Our honoree for Outstanding Contribution to Education was Mike Feinberg, Co–Founder of KIPP Houston. KIPP was founded on the belief that demographics should not define a child’s destiny. In a testament to KIPP’s success, 90% of KIPP Houston students have gone to college since it opened its doors nearly 20 years ago.
John Tyler Knowles from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory was named the top scholar this year. He received the Jenard M. Gross Distinguished Scholar award along with a $6,000 scholarship.
Left to right: Mike Feinberg (Outstanding Contribution to Education Honoree), Stan and Reinnette Marek (Dinner Chairmen), Jenard M. Gross (Outstanding Phi Beta Kappa Alumnus). Left to right: