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Lamar University establishes Charles V. and Frances W. Alberto Scholarship

Charles and Frances Alberto, both longtime community leaders in Beaumont, have established a new scholarship in the Lamar University Foundation. The Charles V. and Frances W. Alberto Scholarship will be available to all majors.

“We think Lamar University is Beaumont's greatest asset,”Frances said.“We hope this scholarship will enable someone to complete their education.”

Born in Denison, Salvatore Charles Vincent (Charlie) Alberto moved to Beaumont in 1943 upon his father’s death graduating from Beaumont High School and attended Lamar University. He served in the Korean War and later worked for the U.S. Postal Service retiring from the Postal Service Sectional Center as director of employee and labor relations.

Charlie is active in the community as former president of the Lamar University Cardinal Club, Young Men’s Business League and past board member of the Beaumont Heritage Society. He is a member of Faith Questers Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church.

A native of Southeast Texas, Frances Ann Wimberly Alberto graduated from South Park High School in Beaumont. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in educational supervision from Lamar University. Frances’ father, G.A. Wimberly Sr. served Lamar for 47 years, as acting president, assistant to the president, comptroller, business manager, auditor and an instructor and coach. Following in her father’s footsteps, she pursued a career in education. She retired from teaching in Beaumont Independent School District in 1984.

As a community leader, Frances is involved in many local organizations. She is a member of First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 25 years and is a member of Faith Questers Sunday School Class and First United Methodist Church Estate Committee. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Kappa Gama teacher’s fraternity and Beaumont Retired Teachers Association. Her accomplishments include Texas Home Economics Student of the Year in 1955 and Texas PTA Teacher of the Year in 1984.

Charlie has two sons, Charles Michael and Richard Kelly. Frances has a son and a daughter, Bert Rogers Jr. and Rebecca Ann Rogers.

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