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Bill and Johnnie Grantham Scholarship in Nursing established

The Lamar University Foundation has announced the establishment of a new endowed scholarship for nursing majors. The Bill and Johnnie Grantham Scholarship in Nursing will provide funding for outstanding students seeking bachelors or master’s degrees in nursing at Lamar University.

“We are very pleased to receive this endowed scholarship from the Granthams.  The nature of this funding will help our students at all levels,” said Brenda Nichols, dean and professor of arts and sciences at Lamar.  “A great number of our students are seeking to become nurses because of their love of people and their desire to help; but the journey is intensive and costly, so all assistance is important.” 

High school sweethearts who married in 1945, the Granthams are lifelong residents of Beaumont and active supporters of Lamar. The Granthams elected to endow this scholarship at Lamar in recognition of Johnnie Grantham’s early interest in pursuing a career in nursing. 

Bill Grantham attended Lamar before being called to active military service.  When he returned to Beaumont, Grantham began his career with Sanitary Supply Company, which he eventually purchased and has expanded into a leader in the custodial supplies and equipment industry serving Texas and Louisiana. 

Bill Grantham and his wife Johnnie have been faithful supporters of Lamar Athletics and university events, as well as the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the local arts community.  Both of their children attended Lamar.  Their daughter, Jolynn Grantham Schenck, graduated with a degree in elementary education and their son, Larry Grantham, now serves as president of Sanitary Supply Company.

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