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Three new scholarships established by Randall bequest

Margaret Ann Randall left provisions in her will to create three new scholarships at Lamar University in memory of her parents, grandson and to honor her son. The scholarships will provide funds for students of all majors to further their studies in higher education.

“Scholarships such as these are tremendously important to Lamar University as well as to the greater community,” said Jim Rush, director of Academic Services. “Not only will these scholarship funds ease the financial burdens and provide access to higher education, they will encourage and motivate scholarship recipients to achieve their academic goals.”

The Curtis and Thelma Shelton Memorial Scholarship honors the late couple’s dedication to public service in the Beaumont community. Born in New Albany, Miss., Curtis later moved to Dallas, where he met Thelma Adele Jones of Edgewood, Texas. The couple married, and Curtis worked for the Pig Stand. They moved to Beaumont with the Pig Stand in 1931 and later that year they welcomed their daughter, Margaret Ann. Curtis founded his business, Shelton’s Drive Inn, on Railroad Avenue and eventually expanded and opened another on Mariposa Street. Thelma devoted her time to managing the household and their daughter, and she also enjoyed china painting. The Sheltons were long-time members of the former Roberts Avenue United Methodist Church in Beaumont. Curtis died in 1976, and Thelma died in 1998.

The William Michael Randall Scholarship honors the former Lamar University student. William Michael “Mike” Randall was born in Bay City and graduated from Forest Park High School in Beaumont where he learned to fly airplanes his senior year. He graduated from Lamar University with his finance degree in 1981. From 1986 to 2009, he worked for the Beaumont Fire Department, ending his career as a driver. His love of flying airplanes led to his founding of Tango Skydiving LLC to serve those in Beaumont and the surrounding areas who practice skydiving. In addition to piloting airplanes, Mike is also an avid motorcyclist.

The Alan Randall Howard Memorial Scholarship honors a young man whose life was tragically cut short. Born in Beaumont, Howard attended West Brook High School and planned to attend Lamar University upon graduation. He was killed in an automobile accident days before his high school graduation on May 26, 2003. Alan was the grandson of Mrs. Randall, and great-grandson of Curtis and Thelma Shelton.

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