East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation


Our Mission:

The East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation is committed to serving the education and community needs of Houston's East End by partnering with businesses, chamber members and the East End community to offer resources, monetary support and guidance to local students.




In addition to our annual scholarship awards, current initiatives include:

Academy of Petroleum Exploration at Milby High School

The East End led the nation in Fall, 2009 with the opening of the first Academy of Petroleum Exploration & Production Technology developed by the The Independent Petroleum Association of America at Milby High School. This AP math/science magnet school provides 10th-12th grade academy students with dual credit classes in engineering, geosciences, emerging technology concepts as well as a 3 year in-depth exploration into the fundamentals of the petroleum industry.


Higher Education at Home

Higher education is available for all students at all levels and ages, with the University of Houston’s central and downtown campuses, Rice University, Texas Southern University, and Houston Community College-Southeast calling the area home. Scholarships are awarded through the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Tax-deductible donations are always welcome.

"KIPP It Clean" Anti-Dumping Campaign

KIPP Intrepid students created mural signs to discourage illegal dumping. KIPP students developed the slogan “KIPP it Clean!” as part of an education and community service project. In addition to the five large signs, a brochure was designed to discourage dumping in the neighborhoods where the students live. 

Maritime Academy at Austin High School

In 2009 the Port of Houston Authority, the Houston Pilots, HISD and Austin High School created the Maritime Academy to create student awareness of the maritime industry and the thousands of profitable careers that it offers. Field trips and summer programs provide real life experiences with vocational and professional opportunities and students have the option of pursuing licensed jobs upon graduation or continuing their education at community or maritime universities.

We are proud of the first graduating class of the Maritime Academy at Austin High School who walked across the stage in May 2013! 

Mentoring Program 

The Mentoring Program was created to encourage previous Scholarship Recipient students to succeed in school, graduate and successfully integrate into the workforce. 


The success of a mentoring relationship depends in great part upon the contribution the mentor makes. As a mentor, you offer personal experiences, encouragement, a better understanding of what to expect in college, and how to prepare for your career. 


National Academy of Engineering at Chavez High School

The Academy of Engineering (AOE) are new schools that focus high school students on careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They are designed to help meet the increasing demand for qualified employees in the field of engineering. The National Academy Foundation (NAF)Project Lead The Way (PLTW), and NACME have joined forces to create these small learning communities.

The goals of the Academies of Engineering are to:

  • Recruit and encourage more high school students to choose careers in engineering and engineering technology.
  • Increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the study of engineering.
  • Prepare high school graduates to enter postsecondary engineering and engineering technology programs fully competent in required mathematics, science, and technical subjects.

STEM Explorers

This program is meant to empower and inspire fourth grade girls to make a difference in their community, and to expose them to careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Arts and Maritime fields. This is the second year for us to host this program which is held at three East End elementary schools: Cornelius Elementary, Port Houston Elementary and Park Place Elementary. We usually have about 15 girls participate at each school. The majority of the students at these schools are underrepresented minorities, and come from low income households.

Last year, these girls were a part of our STEM Town USA Program and covered lessons about various STEM subjects: 

·         Town Planning & Development

·         Product Development & Marketing

·         Water Conservation & Utility Operations

·         Nutrition & Healthcare

·         Geology

·         Art & Math



Our partnership with the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC) and Houston Independent School District brings STEM town USA to elementary schools in the East End. This year about 36 third grade girls from Cornelius, Port Houston and Park Place Elementary will be exposed toScience, Technology, Engineering and Math though fun-real world career activities. The first week they are building a dog house and designing a park by taking the role of mapmakers and architects. Women volunteers  will lead the girls in two hour sessions once a month. At the end of the school year the schools will compete for the "best place to live" award at the Community Showcase. Our goal is to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers by showing them the fun side of math and science.The students progress will be tracked through college to follow the impact of this program. We thank all our volunteers and partners for this incredible program. For more information on either sponsorship or volunteer involvement, please contact Samantha Reyna at 713-926-3305 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Success in education not only guarantees a future for students but the positive growth of business and community. To continue our support of education in Houston's East End we depend on valuable donations from people like you. Make a tax-deductible donation today and become a proud supporter of Houston's success.

For sponsorship or volunteer opportunities contact:
Samantha Reyna
Development Director
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