Lawrence-Simon Scholarship

Thank you for your interest in our scholarship.​ The Lawrence-Simon Scholarship was established to honor the legacy of two Charter members of the Fort Bend County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.  The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Fort Bend County student.
Shyrl Lawrence was one of the founding members of The Southwestern Ladies of Equipoise which later became the Fort Bend County Links, Incorporated.  Shryl served as the first Financial Secretary of The Fort Bend County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.  She was a public relation/advertising entrepreneur and co-published an anti-drug book.  She held two Bachelor of Science degrees in broadcast journalism and nursing.  Her affiliates included Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the NAACP.  She was a media consultant for Wood's Club, a character development program for youth using golf as a motivation.  She was married to Don Lawrence, a talented artist who designed the Pillar of Friendship theme for the Chartering Ceremony.  Don has partnered with the Fort Bend County Chapter on many project including the reception for Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson where Don presented him with one of his original art pieces.
Sara Simon was a Charter member of the Fort Bend County chapter and served as national Trends Committee Chair.  She was a psychotherapist in private practice in Sugar Land.  Her community involvement included Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  She believed that children are the future and participated in various civic endeavors toward their enhancement as well as the community.  Sara was affiliated with The National Black Child Development Institute, Harris County Child Abuse Task Force, Fort Bend County Children's Protective Services and Habitat for Humanity.  She was honored as YWCA Woman of the Year in 1985.  She was married to Peter Simon and had a son, Brian Simon.

Scholarship Qualifications:

Students who apply for the Lawrence-Simon Scholarship:

  • Must be a resident of Fort Bend County and attend a High School in Fort Bend County.
  • Must be accepted into an institution of higher learning (a 2-year junior college or a 4-year college/university) as a full-time student before scholarship funds are released to the student.
  • Must be a student in good standing and have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average.
  • Must have a financial need or hardship.

Students who meet the above qualifications must indicate which designated scholarship they wish to apply for. Scholarships are designated for: 

  • Students attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
  • Students attending a Junior College
  • Female students pursuing a STEAM degree
  • General applicants (no particular major or college required)

Application Requirements:

Students who meet the above qualifications must submit via online, email, or mail:

  • The Fort Bend County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated Lawrence-Simon Scholarship Application (submit via online form or mail using the application form found here:
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation:
    • one letter from your high school (teacher, counselor, or administrator);
    • two letters from individuals you interact with within the community and can speak to your character and/or accomplishments in our local community or abroad.
  • An official high school transcript (emailed or mailed directly from the school. No transcripts will be accepted directly from the student)