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


      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.