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Local couple establishes three new scholarships at Lamar University

Alan and Cherrie Hefty of Beaumont have endowed three new scholarships at Lamar University. The three scholarships are in accounting, education and chemical engineering, offering opportunity to students having diverse interests and goals.

“We have always appreciated the education we received from Lamar,” the Heftys said. “Our degrees were the starting points for very rewarding careers. We have been impressed and inspired with the progress of our university under the leadership of Dr. (James) Simmons. We wanted to contribute, in a small way, to helping Lamar’s future students in accounting, education, and engineering,” said Cherrie Hefty on their behalf.

Alan Hefty, founder and president of Alan Hefty & Co., a certified public accounting firm, honors his discipline with the Alan R. Hefty Scholarship in Accounting. He graduated from Lamar University with his accounting degree in 1969. With diploma in hand, he began his professional life by becoming a certified professional accountant and serving in many professional organizations, including the Southeast Texas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs (president 1982-1983), Southeast Texas Estate Planning Council (president 1982-83 and 1994-95), American Institute of CPAs, Texas Society of CPA’s (IRA liaison committee, 1981-1989), and the Sales and Marketing Executives Club (executive director).

Cherrie McVey Hefty has honored her discipline with the Cherrie McVey Hefty Scholarship in Education. She graduated from Lamar University with a bachelor of science in elementary education in 1970. Cherrie taught in both the Port Arthur and Beaumont school districts and at Monsignor Kelly High School. In addition to teaching, she worked in her husband’s accounting firm. She is retired from teaching but devotes much of her time in service to her church, First United Methodist Church Beaumont, where she serves, or has recently served, as director of children’s ministries, chair of the commission on evangelism, chair of welcoming, Faith in Action leadership team director, member of the Lay Leadership Council and Administrative Board, and Sunday school teacher. Alan and Cherrie have been married for 43 years and have two sons, Brian and Clay.

Alan and Cherrie Hefty have also honored the memory of Alan’s father, Melvin R. Hefty, with the Melvin R. Hefty Scholarship in Chemical Engineering. Melvin Hefty graduated from the University of Kansas and moved to Port Arthur, where he lived for more than 65 years. Melvin Hefty’s career as a chemical engineer at Texaco spanned 43 years and included the acquisition of a patent for the manufacturing of gear lubricants. He and his wife, Hermie “Boots” Harkins Hefty, were married for more than 50 years and had two children, Alan and Sara.

For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.