Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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September 26, 2013

Scholarship opportunity in honor of former educator announced

JACKSONVILLE — The inaugural Larry Garner Business Award Scholarship will be awarded in May to a deserving Jacksonville High School graduate, thanks to former JHS students Matt and Kelly Montgomery and Randy and Cheryl Gorham, who established the award in honor of their former teacher Larry Garner.

The scholarship was announced in August during the JISD Convocation.

In addition, the Jacksonville Education Foundation (JEF) said in a press release, “a very generous donation has been received from the Mark and Judith Cook Foundation to endow this fund,” given to a student looking to further his or her education in the business field.

The donation “is a token of Mark’s deepest respect for a fine man and a great teacher, and an expression of gratitude from both of us for what the JEF is doing,” the release stated, adding that the couple are JHS graduates.  

In a letter to the Jacksonville Education Foundation, Mrs. Cook described how, “Larry Garner’s General Business Class was where Mark learned how to balance a checkbook, the responsibility of having a credit card, how stocks are traded and how to apply basic accounting principles.”

Garner was a JISD educator, serving 31 years as an assistant principal, teacher, Driver’s Ed instructor and bus driver. He also is a product of JISD schools, having started first grade at East Side Elementary and a member of the first class to graduate from the new high school in 1959, according to JEF.

Family members – including his wife, children and one grandchild – also have been educators at the local school district.

Other new scholarship funds recently stablished through JEF and announced at the August convocation are the Tim L. Smith Scholarship Fund and the Neta Hanna Cheerleader Scholarship.

The former was created in memory of Smith, a local businessman and community Tim, a graduate of the JHS Class of 1961, while the Hanna Scholarship – established by former JHS cheerleaders in honor of Hanna, who worked at JISD for more than four decades and is well-known as the beloved sponsor for generations of cheerleaders – will be presented to a graduating cheerleader each May, JEF said.

To learn more about scholarships available through the local education foundation, visit the JEF website at www.jisdfoundation.org under the Scholarships tab.  

To establish a scholarship or endowment, contact Matt Montgomery at at 903-586-3494 or Grace Traylor at 903-586-6511, extension 9421.

Donations may be made online or sent to JEF, PO Box 631, Jacksonville, Texas 75766.  


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