College Preparation for Students and Parents

College Preparation for Students and Parents

Mario J. Garner, VP, and CEO, of Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland Hospitals in Houston and Pearland, TX.

The Phillips 66 Black Employee Network, in partnership with the Black Heritage Festival, will hold its 10th Annual Scholarship Seminar and College Fair on Saturday, April 22 at SOWELA Technical Community College’s Regional Training Facility from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Students and parents are invited to attend this free workshop to learn about graduation requirements, when and how to apply for financial aid, and visit with colleges and vocational-technical schools – all under one roof.

“This year, we’re excited to be able to offer one-on-one assistance to help students and parents complete FAFSA applications with the help of SOWELA financial aid professionals.  We also want students to leave having a better understanding of the requirements and opportunities available post-graduation,” said Monica Collins, Phillips 66 Black Employee Network President, and Chemist.

Lake Charles native Mario  J. Garner, VP, and CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland Hospitals in the Houston metropolitan area will be the keynote speaker. Garner graduated from LaGrange High School in 1998 where he was class valedictorian.  He graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.  He earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University and a doctor of education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Houston.

Phillips 66 will be providing a limited amount of free scholarship workbooks for students attending. Besides SOWELA Technical Community College, other educational institutions that will be represented include Centenary College, Dillard University, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State University, Southern University, Unitech, Xavier University and the U.S. Army.   The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) will also be present and brochures will be provided by Louisiana State University.

The event is sponsored in part by Phillips 66, SOWELA Technical Community College, Capital One, and Ben Guillory’s State Farm Agency.

For additional information, contact Monica Collins at 337-491-5176 or Megan Hartman, Public Relations Director

337.491.4443 phone, 337.707.9000 mobile