The School Zone: News

Stratford High School senior, Taylor Belger


Two Spring Branch ISD seniors are among 2020 scholarship recipients who have been awarded $800 scholarships by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC).

Earning announced scholarships earlier this month are Taylor Belger of Stratford High School and Aida Pourmousa of Memorial High School.

Taylor Belger plans to attend Baylor University where she will pursue a major in health science studies and Baylor Business Fellows program. Her future goals include medical school and an orthopedic surgery practice.

“I hope to run my own private medical practice, hence my desire to study both medicine and business,” she told GHWCC’s scholarship officials.

On a separate note, Taylor will begin college this fall as a member of Baylor’s All-Girl Cheer team for the 2020-21 school year.


Memorial High School senior,
Aida Pourmousa


Aida Pourmousa plans to study biology to prepare for medical school through the University of Houston Honors College program. “I want to be a doctor in the future because I love to help people!” Aida proclaimed to the GHWCC group.

A member of an Iranian immigrant family, Aida was one of 45 students in SBISD who successfully pursued the three-year EMERGE student program designed to help prepare high-performing students to attend top colleges and universities.

“I can think of no graduating senior more deserving, who has worked harder, or invested more in herself than Aida,” states SBISD’s Associate Superintendent for Community Relations Linda Buchman, who learned of Aida’s biggest concern as Hurricane Harvey-related flood waters rose inside the family home several years ago.

Aida’s top concern? The loss of her school books, Buchman said.

“I’m so very, very proud and grateful for the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce for recognizing Aida for this much needed scholarship. I just don’t have words!” praised the associate superintendent after learning of her award.

Due to COVID-19, GHWCC has moved its celebration of student scholarships to its upcoming No Limits Conference for Women, scheduled for Aug. 21 at the Westin Galleria Hotel.

GHWCC is a nonprofit business organization of influential and diverse women and men dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women through leadership, education, advocacy and mentoring.

Chamber programs include Women on Board, an initiative to increase the number of women serving on Houston’s corporate boards. GHWCC issues scholarships for deserving female students graduating from SBISD and five other school districts.

GHWCC also helps entrepreneurs start or expand business through LAUNCH, and it supports STEAM Town USA, a program that exposes third-grade girls who have interest in math and science to a variety of related careers.