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Houston Asset Management Awards $10,000 Scholarship to Bellaire High School Graduate Headed for Princeton

Houston Asset Management Charitable Foundation has awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Bellaire High School Graduate Marina Finley to pursue a degree in economics at Princeton University and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Marina was one of 57 applicants from all over Houston to apply for the scholarship dedicated to a student pursuing a career in business with a major in a financial-related discipline. This will be our 9th scholarship award, now totaling more than $78,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the greater Houston area.
 
“We were very impressed with Marina’s focus and commitment to her career goals,” said Bob Frater, CFP®, CEO of Houston Asset Management. “The panel that interviewed her included several of our clients and we admired her confidence, her educational performance and her involvement in school activities. She is the only applicant we have ever had with a career goal to impact public policy in emerging countries through private market investment and implementation of microfinance programs that spur entrepreneurship. She has a bright future ahead of her.”
 
Marina said she has always wanted to attend Princeton University. She was reminded of that when her fifth-grade teacher mailed her the letter she wrote to herself as part of a class assignment to capture written goals at the time. “The letter was a time capsule experiment and I was so excited to open it and read my own words written a long time ago that I wanted to attend Princeton,” said Finley. “It is such an honor to receive this scholarship that will help me achieve that goal.”
 
Marina credits the Bellaire High School Model United Nations program for sparking her interest in economics and public policy. The program is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role play delegates to the United Nations and simulate committees. Finley served as its president for two years.
 
Marina also hopes to take advantage of the internship opportunity offered by Houston Asset Management during the summer between her junior and senior year.
 
 
 
Pictured top row are: Rich Welsh, CFP®, Richard Hollis and Christopher M. Brown, CFP®. Bottom row: Bob Frater, CFP®, Marina Finley and Bob Hampton, CFP®.
 

Volunteering with Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity

On June 5, 2015, Houston Asset Management, Inc. participated in its third annual community service project with Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity. Due to the recent rains, we were unable to help with construction on the new house project. Instead, we volunteered clearing debris from a demolished home that previously occupied the lot in preparation for the next Build in Richmond, Texas.
 

 
 
We started with an empty dumpster and piles of debris.
 
    
 
By noon, we had the lot half cleared and the dumpster completely full.
 
  
 
We have now participated in three different phases of a Habitat Build and hope to experience more phases years to come. Habitat for Humanity strengthens communities through the building of homes, hope and opportunities for families to help themselves. For more pics, click here.