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Lamar State College - Port Arthur
100th Anniversary
News Release
Monday, June 16, 2008

Lamar State College-Port Arthur sets ambitious scholarship fund goal 

As Lamar State College-Port Arthur prepares to celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2009, the college is embarking on a drive to establish a permanently-endowed $1 million scholarship fund to provide assistance for students in the college’s second 100 years and beyond.

Founded in 1909 as Port Arthur College, the school has operated continuously from 1500 Procter Street, but had various names, including Port Arthur Collegiate Institute, Port Arthur Business College, Lamar University-Port Arthur and finally Lamar State College-Port Arthur. 

A number of special events and activities are being planned for 2009 by a campus committee composed of faculty, staff and community representatives.

Dr. Sam Monroe, president of the college, said, “One of the committee’s initiatives is to establish a permanent endowment fund for scholarships to be known as the Centennial Fund. The amount of money sought is $500,000.”

Under legislative authority, the State of Texas will match that money dollar-for-dollar, thereby creating a $1,000,000 fund, Monroe said. “Students have contributed to the fund, and a generous gift has been provided by the Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation. Other gifts from various organizations and individuals have brought that total to more than 90 percent of the committee’s goal.”

Contributions to the fund can be sent to the President’s Office at the college. All donations of $1,000 or more will be permanently recognized on campus, Monroe said. 

For information, call Carol Wommack in the President’s Office at 984-6101.

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