Finger scholarship offers opportunities for career, technical education

Considering a career in construction, transportation, cosmetology, nursing, or industrial technology? HISD students may qualify for a full scholarship in one of these fields or many more! Local and national industry data show a need for highly skilled employees in high-growth jobs with great earning potential.

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Since 2012, the Marvy Finger Family Foundation Scholarship has been awarding worthy HISD graduates full scholarships covering their two-year degree or certification program in these high-demand careers.

Austin High School graduate Isai Gutierrez won a full scholarship from Finger and now works for Higman Marine. “I’m very thankful to have received this scholarship,” Gutierrez said. “It allowed me to secure a career that I can be proud of as a Tankerman and eventually Captain.”

As many as 50 full scholarships are available from Finger for a career and technical degree or certificate program in architecture and construction, health science, hospitality and tourism, human services, law and public safety, information technology, and transportation distribution and logistics. Included in these fields are HVAC, plumbing, pharmacy technician, chef, welding, and maritime transportation (see application for a complete list).

Scholarship awards are based on a student’s interest in a career and technical program, grades (minimum 2.0 GPA), activities in which they participated in school, and financial need.

As a scholarship recipient, the student must:

  • Enroll in a two-year approved degree/certificate program in the Houston area for Fall 2019
  • Use this scholarship toward any educational expenses (excluding transportation, food, and housing), including all tools and equipment required by the college
  • Complete the approved degree/certificate program within two years of acceptance

For applications forms, visit the Career Readiness website here or visit this link. The deadline to apply is Feb. 22.

Send your completed scholarship packet to:

Marvy Finger Family Foundation

ATTN: Cruz Casiano

99 Detering Suite 155

Houston, TX 77007

Your application must be postmarked by February 22.

For questions, please call Cruz Casiano at 713-867-7044 or email