“You have inspired me”

“You have lightened my financial burden” and “you have inspired me to recognize the value of helping others”…words from one of our recipients.  For all of the wonderful people who donated to LAF in the past and for the two donors last week, your heart should be uplifted and filled with joy from those words, you have impacted and changed a life.  Thank you from the depths of my heart for doing this in memory of Lauren.

A second thank you note from Rondrelle Sterling

February 8, 2012

Dear members of the Lauren Alston Foundation,

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the Lauren Alston Memorial Scholarship possible.  I was overwhelmingly elated to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support.

I am currently a junior majoring in Hospitality Administration, and I hope to graduate in December of 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree.  While attending Stephen F. Austin State University as a full-time student, I also have a part-time job to help pay for my expenses.  Luckily, my job gives me experience in my field, and I have recently been promoted to student manager.  It is not easy juggling school and work: therefore, I am truly grateful for the assistance I am receiving because of your foundation.

By awarding me the Lauren Alston Memorial Scholarship, you have lighten my financial burden which allows me to focus on the most important aspect of school, learning.  Your generosity has inspired me to recognize the value in helping others.  I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.


Rondrelle Sterling





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