Metropolitan Houston Chapter

Chevron Retirees Association

Current Winner

First a bit of history - your Metropolitan Houston Chapter has awarded a total of $31,500 in
scholarships in the 19 years since its inception in 2001. Each year one student nominated by an
MHC member is selected as the recipient and the award ceremony is normally held at the June
Quarterly Luncheon.


But this year has proven to be anything but normal. Because of the pandemic-caused school
closures, the deadline date for nominees to submit all required documents was extended from May
1, 2020 to August 1, 2020. Eight students were nominated by your fellow members this year, and
six successfully completed all required submissions and were thus eligible to compete for the $2,000
scholarship award.


After the August 1st deadline passed, your Scholarship Committee reviewed their essays, and the
final evaluation was based on all their required submissions. William Judson Kennemer was chosen
as the recipient of the 2020 MHC Scholarship. William was graduated from Montgomery High School
and is currently attending Texas A&M University. William was notified that he was chosen via a
telephone call and a subsequent letter to his A&M address. The other eligible candidates, who were
all very well-qualified, also received a letter thanking them for submitting all required documents
and wishing them well in their college pursuits of a degree.


The $2,000 check, a framed Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement, and a custom
nameplate (which was created and donated by MHC member Ricky Mercado) were recently
presented to William’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie DiStefano in a mask-wearing sociallydistanced
outdoor ceremony (see photo).


If you have a child, grandchild, or great grandchild who will graduate from high school in 2021, now
is the time to nominate them for the 2021 MHC Scholarship! Two of your fellow members have
already nominated their 2021 graduating senior high school candidates.


Last but not least, it is worth noting that your scholarship is funded solely from your voluntary
donations and not from your annual dues. Please consider donating to the MHC Scholarship Fund.


Doug Beatty, 2020 Scholarship Committee Chairperson


John Montgomery, 2021 Scholarship Committee Chairperson


Charlie & Peggy DiStefano, Grandparents of William Kennemer, MHC Scholarship Awardee