Gisela Houseman donated $50,000 to Lamar Institute of Technology to add to the already-existing Gisela Houseman Scholarship Endowment for scholarships for all educational programs at LIT.

At the presentation on Wednesday, Dr. Shawn Oubre, LIT Foundation president, reiterated the impact Houseman has made in a variety of ways in Southeast Texas.

“A quote that comes to mind when I think of Gisela is from Khalil Gibran: ‘It is when you give of yourself that you truly give’,” Oubre said.

Houseman is well-known throughout the community for her philanthropic work in Southeast Texas.

A native of Hamburg, Germany, she became a U.S. citizen in 1950. For 25 years, Houseman was an insurance professional and had a background in accounting and finance. She moved to Southeast Texas in 1987, and married the late Orange County developer Tony Houseman. Together, they had four children.

Houseman is a graduate of Leadership Texas, Leadership America, and is a founding member of Leadership Southeast Texas. She also traveled to China with a group that established a leadership program there.

She has received many awards throughout her life including South East Texan of the Year, the Athena Award of Orange County, J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, the CASA Lone Star Proud for Kids Award and the Bill Leger Family Advocate of the Year Award.

In 1991, Houseman was inducted into the Women’s Conference of Southeast Texas Hall of Fame and also received the Frances Monk Award for Leadership.

She is active on numerous charity boards and foundations including the Salvation Army, CASA, Better Business Bureau, Lamar State College-Orange Foundation and the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation.

The Gisela Houseman Scholarships will be awarded for a student at LIT with any academic major who is a full-time student and who has a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to students from Orange County, and some weight will be placed on need.