JPMorgan Chase Awards $175,000 Scholarship for Lee College Single Parent Success


Current Lee College students with single parents will now have access to valuable tools and resources to help them succeed in their education thanks to a $175,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase for the Lee College Single Parent Success Program.

“Lee College is deeply committed to helping each of our students overcome challenges that may stand between them and their goal of achieving higher education,” said Dr. Linda Villanueva, President of Lee College. “Being a single parent while going to college can be very challenging. With the help of this generous gift from JPMorgan Chase, single parent success at Lee College.
The program will be able to give lone students the boost they need to reach their goals and provide a better future for themselves and their families for generations to come.”

This master scholarship will serve 40 students from one parent for up to four semesters, and provides scholarships and direct impact services such as monthly counseling support groups, financial wellness support, financial aid, career preparation, dress for success options, healthy eating for families, and coaching on Cardiopulmonary resuscitation/first aid.

“We take great pride in our history of supporting organizations and programs that strengthen the communities we serve,” said Laura Mutis, grant program officer at JPMorgan Chase. “We commend the important work Lee College does, are pleased to support its efforts with this scholarship, and look forward to learning about its impact on society.”

In April 2021, a survey by the College Success for Single-Mothers Taskforce showed that more than half of students who responded took one or more breaks from attending college. According to the survey, childcare issues, stress and burnout as well as financial issues topped the list of reasons why single parents chose to stop their education.

“We especially want single parents to know that they are not alone in their educational journey,” said Kelly Fordy Spires, CEO of Lee College Basic Needs. “With the JPMorgan Chase Scholarship and other programs currently in place for single parents, Lee College can provide game-changing resources that will make a huge difference for these students.”

Single students who wish to apply for the Lee College Single Parent Success Initiative should contact Brenda Garcia, Student Resources Coordinator, at 281.425.6492, or Other students who need help with things like food, housing, or child care should contact the Student Resource and Advocacy Center at 281-425-6492, or

Lee College offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses that are a diverse student body for advanced higher education, successful entry into the workforce, and a variety of in-demand occupations. With its main campus and McNair Center in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite learning center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of ​​more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts.

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