Lone Star College-Montgomery Student Heads to SHSU with Academic Scholarship

Lone Star College Montgomery News

Published on: August 24, 2011 In banking, it all boils down to dollars and cents, and Anya Povarenkina, who graduated from Lone Star College-Montgomery in May, knows this first-hand. Povarenkina is the recipient of Sam Houston State Universitys Smith-Huston Banking Scholarship, a $28,000 award provided each spring to one LSC-Montgomery student who plans to major in banking. She begins her studies at SHSU this month, working toward a double business major in banking and finance. This is really a great opportunity, said Povarenkina. Ill take 30 hours a year and follow the GPA requirements. The scholarship will cover my tuition, housing, and partially my food. The Smith-Hutson Banking Scholarship is one of many unique partnerships between LSC-Montgomery and SHSU. Secured years ago with the help of James Zipperer, professor of economics at LSC-Montgomery, and Dr. Jim Bexley, the endowed chair of banking at SHSU, the scholarship has allowed 10 LSC-Montgomery students to graduate from SHSU and pursue a career in the banking/finance industry. SHSUs banking program is the premier banking program in the nation and just one of a few universities that even offer banking degrees, said Zipperer. This scholarship is a chance for students at LSC-Montgomery to continue on in a leading program at a leading university. Povarenkina is an 18-year-old international student from Russia who came to America just two years ago. Despite language and cultural barriers (she had to learn to drive a car on American roads), Povarenkina found great professors and small classes at LSC-Montgomery that helped her transition into a highly successful student. Upon graduation, Povarenkina was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the colleges honor society; was a tutor Extended Learning Center; took part in the Second Amendment Club; and graduated as an honors scholar. All the professors tried to make each class interesting and really cared about my success, said Povarenkina. They taught me great writing skills, …

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