Angelina College’s First Smith-Hutson Scholarship Recipients Graduate

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Four recipients of the Smith-Hutson scholarship celebrated their pending graduation from Angelina College in a ceremony held recently on the AC campus. Elizabeth de la Cruz, Karina Jacobo, Aldo Luna and Leah Page were among the first beneficiaries of the scholarship when it was first implemented in 2014.

De la Cruz, from Diboll High School, graduated with an AAS in Drafting and Design and will transfer to Stephen F. Austin State University.

Jacobo, from Central High School in Pollok, graduated with an AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She was a Phi Theta Kappa inductee as well.

Luna, from Center High School, earned his degree in Business Leading to a BBA. While at AC, Luna made the Dean’s Honor List.

He will transfer to Sam Houston State University, where he’s already been selected as one of the university’s Smith-Hutson Scholarship recipients. Page, from Lufkin, earned her AAS as a registered nurse.

The Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program is one of the larger privately funded scholarship programs in the state, and Angelina College was the first community college in the state chosen for the program.

The Smith-Hutson Scholarship, funded by an anonymous donor with roots in the East Texas area, was started in 1996 at Sam Houston State University and was recently expanded to include Stephen F. Austin State University, Lamar University and the Lamar Institute of Technology.

For information regarding the Smith-Hutson Scholarship program at Angelina College, contact Megan Flowers, Scholarship Coordinator, at mflowers@angelina.edu.

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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