Space City Charities Scholarships

Space City Charities AWARDED its first scholarship in 2011, and since then has RAISED over $257,350 for students eager to further their education.

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We seek to provide financial assistance to students, encourage academic excellence, and to recognize achievements both in and out of school. Each year the charities staff works hard to fundraise and increase awareness of both scholarship availability and charity activities. It is only through these activities that we are able to continue to give back to students seeking to further their education. Each year we give away several types of scholarships.

The description of the scholarships can be found below.
All of the Space City Charities scholarships aim to empower students who are doing positive things in their school, with community efforts, and with their current (or future) careers.
Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

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Total Scholarships Awarded

2011

4 Scholarships

$5,000


2012

8 Scholarships

$8,000


2013

9 Scholarships

$20,100


2014

2 Scholarships

$2,500


2015

15 Scholarships

$29,250


2016

8 Scholarships

$20,000


2017

8 Scholarships

$20,000


2018

15 Scholarships

$37,500

2019

12 Scholarships

$30,000

2020

13 Scholarships

$32,500

2021

10 Scholarships

$27,500

2022

11 Scholarships

$27,500

Total Scholarships Awarded $259,850

Space City Charities Scholarships

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Verna Wolf Scholarship

Verna Wolf served on the board of Space City Credit Union for over 40 years. Space City Charities established the $10,000 Verna Wolf Scholarship in 2011 to honor her dedication to the credit union movement and the philosophy of “people helping people.” In 2015, the Space City Charities board turned the Wolf Scholarship into a $10,000 4-year scholarship.

Verna Mae Wolf, 90, of Houston, TX, passed away on June 20, 2016. Verna Wolf was born in Wimberley, TX on March 5, 1926. She graduated from Bastrop High School. She married James August Wolf on December 7, 1946 and they were married 51 years. Verna worked as the credit manager for Stewart & Stevenson for 40 years. She and James resided in Jacinto City for many years and were actively involved in the community and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading the newspaper, doing crosswords, doting on her many grandchildren, and watching the Astros.

If you would like to make a donation in Verna’s honor, you may do so by clicking the donate button below. All funds donated will go towards providing scholarships to students. To donate via check, please make checks payable to Space City Charities – 3101 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Tx 77003 or click here to become involved in the tournament.

Verna Wolf Scholarships Awarded

2015 – Michael K.*
2019 – Xavier R.*
2023 – Next Scholarship Available

*To receive the annual $2,500 disbursement, winners of this scholarship must provide proof of enrollment and official transcript prior to the scholarship deadline.

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The B.C. Buddy Holcombe Scholarship

Space City Charities formed a $2,500 scholarship in Buddy’s name in 2016 to honor and recognize his long-term service to the credit union. Buddy Charles Holcombe of Montgomery, Texas passed away on May 4, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.After serving his country as a reservist for seven years in the US Marine Corp, Buddy spent the remainder of his professional career with Stewart & Stevenson, working his way up to Marketing Director and eventually retiring after 43 years. Buddy was very active in his community, he had been a Master Mason since 1969, served as Vice President of the Lake Conroe Fire Department for 16 years, was on the Staff Parish Relations Committee at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, and faithfully served 48 years on the Board of Directors of Space City Credit Union.The credit union has seen tremendous growth and expansion under his leadership and we all owe Buddy a debt of gratitude. He was a big believer in the board setting policy and allowing the staff to run the day to day operations of the credit union. He was calm, generous, and always brought wit and wisdom to the meetings. “Buddy always put the members best interest ahead of everything else.” said Craig Rohden, President/CEO of Space City Credit Union.If you would like to make a donation in Buddy’s honor, you may do so by clicking the donate button below. All funds donated will go towards providing scholarships to students. To donate via check, please make checks payable to Space City Charities – 3101 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Tx 77003 or click here to become involved in the tournament.

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The Buck M. Lay Jr. Scholarship 

Space City Charities formed a $2,500 scholarship in Buck's name in 2022. Mr. Lay was employed by Stewart & Stevenson for over forty-two years. When he retired, he held the position of government sales, parts, and service. Mr. Lay has been a member of Space City Credit Union since 1972 and a director since 1975. Mr. Lay holds a BA in Management from the University of Houston. In 2022, a scholarship was created in his name to honor his long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Buck M. Lay Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.

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The Robert E. Sander Scholarship

Space City Charities formed a $2,500 scholarship in Robert's name in 2022. Bob is a graduate of University of Michigan and retired from INEOS after thirty-six years working as an engineer. Bob joined the credit union board in 1979 when he was with Independence Parkway FCU. IPFCU merged and became Space City CU in 2012 and Bob kept his seat on the board at Space City. He has been a credit Union member since 1976. In 2022, a scholarship was created in his name to honor his long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Robert E. Sander Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.

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The Jerry M. Garcia Scholarship

Space City Charities formed a $2,500 scholarship in Jerry's name in 2022.  After 35 years of service Mr. Garcia retired from Stewart & Stevenson where he was the Production Manager of Marketing Services.  Mr. Garcia joined Space City Credit Union as a member in 1969 and was elected to the board of directors in February of 1980. He was named Treasurer in 1983 where he served until he retired from the board in 2022.  Also, in 2022, a scholarship was created in his name to honor his long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Jerry M. Garcia Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.

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The Judith A. Langford Scholarship

Space City Charities formed a $2,500 scholarship in Judy's name in 2022. Mrs. Langford is retired after being employed by Stewart & Stevenson for 26 years until the Turbine Division of S&S was acquired by General Electric where she was employed for 18 years.  Mrs. Langford has been a member of Space City Credit Union since 1973 and a director since 1982 and currently serves as Secretary of the Board. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with her husband. In 2022, a scholarship was created in her name to honor her long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Judith A. Langford Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.

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The Stephen A. Hines Scholarship

Space City Charities formed a $2,500 scholarship in Steven's name in 2022. Mr. Hines was employed with Stewart & Stevenson for twenty-five years and was the Vice President of Human Resources. Mr. Hines was the Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations for NRG Energy and Vice President of Human Resources for Certified Safety.  Mr. Hines first joined Space City CU as a member in 1983, was named to the credit committee in 1985, then appointed to the board of directors in 1986 where he now serves as Vice Chairman. Mr. Hines holds a BA from the University of Texas and a Masters in Psychology from Texas A&I University, Kingsville. In 2022, a scholarship was created in his name to honor his long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Stephen A. Hines Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.