Lone Star College awards scholarships to 4 refugees living in the Houston area

Houston, Texas – Lone Star College announced Wednesday that it is awarding scholarships to four refugees in the Houston area.

The College partners with Amaanah Refugee Services and the 76® brand to recognize refugees who are members of the Amaanah Lions football club.

“Receiving one of these grants is truly a life-changing opportunity,” said Mario Castillo, JD, LSC’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. “Lone Star College is committed to making our community a better place to live in, and these scholarships are an important part of that mission.”

The Amaanah Lions are a boys’ soccer team made up entirely of refugees. The program goes well beyond the field, providing mentoring, college admissions assistance, and professional training.

It is reported that more than 75,000 refugees from around the world have settled in Houston.

“Opportunities like this are so important to the people we serve,” said Jida Nabulsi, CEO of Amaanah Refugee Services. “We started by distributing food, clothing and donations, but are now focused on solution-based programs.”


Amaanah Refugee Services has been helping families find their homes in the United States for over 15 years. They offer a holistic approach with long-term programs, including the Amaanah Lions football club, to help immigrants fully adjust to life in America.

“This program that Amaanah created is truly transforming these boys and we are so proud to support this wonderful initiative,” said Sonny Villarreal, 76® Brand Manager, Motiva. “We hope the support of 76® and Lone Star College will lead to more opportunities for Lions.”

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