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Margie Hartsfield Fuller Scholarship in Education established

A scholarship has been established in the Lamar University Foundation honoring Margie Hartsfield Fuller, a Lamar University alumna. The scholarship will benefit outstanding students enrolled in the Educator Preparation Program.

In recognition of her service educating young students, Fuller’s son Phillip and his wife Cheryl established the Margie Hartsfield Fuller Scholarship in Education with a gift to the Lamar University Foundation.

Fuller’s son Phillip said he and his wife set up the scholarship in his mother’s name to honor her commitment to teaching. 

I grew up in a community of teachers,” he said.  “We hope that by honoring my mother with the scholarship that some of these individuals understand we appreciate their commitment to teaching as well.”

Fuller said he and his wife were fortunate to have graduated in an era of economic growth, and decided to give back to the community in a way that would help students facing more difficult economic conditions.

“We also hope we will inspire other Lamar graduates to consider giving back for the same reason,” he said.

Margie Hartsfield Fuller, homemaker and mother of three, began her career in education earlier than most. In 1938, the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel ran a story titled “East Texas’ Youngest School Teacher.” The article told the story of a 10 year-old Margie Hartsfield teaching her third backyard summer school session. Fuller earned a master of arts degree from Lamar University in December 1972. She retired from Port-Neches Groves High School in 1984 after 31 years of formal teaching. Her dedication to her students was always evident through her hours of work both in the classroom and at after school activities.

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