Hometown Hero

Houston's Megan Thee Stallion receives the rarely administered Congressional Hero Award for her work in the community

There’s nothing cooler — or hotter — than being a hero.

Megan Thee Stallion, born Megan Pete, was honored by Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee with the 18th Congressional District of Texas Hero Award Dec. 12 just a day after walking the stage and earning her Bachelor of Science degree in health administration from Texas Southern University.

During the Sunday ceremony, Lee shared that the award is rarely presented, and only to those who “exhibit humanity” and have “helped without asking.” Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, TSU president, also saluted Pete during the ceremony and called her an “outstanding graduate.” Pete, in fact, has set up a college fund to help other students achieve their goal of a college education, and the university has established a scholarship in her name.

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“This award has not been given out often, or to many,” Lee said. “That’s why it remains a special part of our congressional district. The district has almost 1 million people. When this award is given, it has that special promise and special history.”

When Pete — who just recently made a six-figure donation to Houston Random Acts of Kindness alongside Popeyes — was presented her award, she shared that she believes it’s “my responsibility to take care of the city that took care of me.” She also honored her late grandmother, who she said always taught her to be kind and giving and, along with her late mother, Holly Thomas, encouraged her to get her degree. “I’ve only been raised by very giving women,” she said.

Well, giving is clearly in her blood, as Pete also made a hefty donation — and encouraged others to do the same — after Winter Storm Uri hit the city earlier this year.

Pete noted that “helping others has always been in my heart,” and that in her early days she dreamed of representing her city and having an important voice within the music industry.

The bulk of Pete’s success as Megan Thee Stallion has happened since she went back to school. Over the last two years, she’s amassed 11 platinum singles, including her viral hit “Savage,” which, boosted by a Beyoncé-assisted remix, has sold over 4 million copies. The song also earned Pete two Grammys in 2020 — for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance — the same year she took home the Grammy for Best New Artist.

“I do appreciate the recognition and the accolades,” she said, “but I definitely take much greater pride in knowing that I’ve used my voice and resources to put smiles on people’s faces and make a meaningful difference in Houston.”

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