At the age of 24, the Booker T High and PVAMU graduate is now a counselor, graduate student, baseball coach, and referee. She credits her community for her success.
HOUSTON – The testimony of Cameron LaVergin is a testament to what can happen when society gathers around a child.
A native of Houston Third Ward and a graduate of Booker T Washington High School, Laverne earned a spot on the softball team at Prairie View A&M University.
After graduating from college, La Vergne returned to Space City, where she worked for consulting firm Accenture while attending school for her MBA. The athlete also coaches baseball for the Houston Astros and high school softball games.
She just celebrated her twenty-fourth birthday.
“I know. It’s a lot. It’s ridiculous.”
LaVergin credits her entire agenda that includes community service to the motto she followed as a young girl in inner-city Houston: “For to whom much is given, much is needed.”
She said, “Just because we grew up with a village where everyone invested in our future. For example, if we didn’t have the resources, we found a way to make it happen.”
The Greater Houston Frontiers Club provided a way for the Virgin to attend college. The Houston branch of the national service organization, Frontiers Club, is paying it forward by investing in seniors at Harris County High School.
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Community donations offer scholarships that cover everything from tuition to transportation.
“Every dollar counts,” said Donnell Cooper, president of the Greater Houston Frontiers Club. “You know our website link will allow you to donate $0.50, and it will allow you to donate $5,000. So every dollar counts.”
Cooper asserts that the size of the application pool has quadrupled, to more than 400 students applying for scholarships, in this pandemic.
“The number of students we can’t push their persistence, and the chance of getting a scholarship, that’s what gives us the burning desire to keep doing what we’re doing.”
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That’s why KHOU 11 has partnered with the Greater Houston Frontiers Club on a community service project to raise $100,000 in donations. More dollars for more scholarships to help more students like Lavergne.
“Now I’m so involved with Houston, it’s like, ‘Why would I leave?'” She asked. She said her love for Houston “sprang from all the opportunities I had.”
To have a dream, it’s a completely different experience to have someone who believes in that too.
“That in and of itself makes you want to help your community because you don’t know who did it, but you know someone cares and you never know who it is. So you have to wake up every day and be very proud of where you come from and give back.”
Through a rigorous vetting process, Frontiers Club invests in students with big plans. Mentors match each scholarship recipient, following their journey through college.
LaVergin believes that this connection and community support is how we can make the world a better place. She sees the scholarship program as more than just financial aid for higher education, and LaVergin believes it’s an investment in Houston’s future.
“That’s when you know you’re really pushing it, when you see the full 360-degree circle of the seed unfold,” Cooper said.