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Ruth E. and Frederic F. Day Scholarship in Science established

The Lamar University Foundation has announced the establishment of a new endowed scholarship. The Ruth E. and Frederic F. Day Scholarship in Science has been established to assist undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree in the sciences, including computer science, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and earth sciences.

The Ruth E. and Frederic F. Day Scholarship in Science will be greatly appreciated by the students who receive it,” said James Westgate, university professor for the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.  “Most of our science majors work part-time to put themselves through Lamar.  Having this scholarship support will free up their work schedule and allow them to focus more time on their courses.”

Ruth Evans was born in Kansas and after graduating high school was married and had three children. In 1949, she was widowed at a young age, but received her degree and teaching certificate from the University of Texas while raising her children. While studying for finals, she met who would become her second husband, Frederic Day. They eventually moved to Port Arthur in 1954 where Ruth spent the next 29 years teaching at Sam Houston Elementary. She received the master’s degree in education from Lamar University in 1975, becoming a lifelong advocate of education.  She died in 2007.

Frederic Day has also spent his life devoted to education, and more specifically to chemistry. After graduating high school in North Bend, Oregon, and a stint in the U.S. Air Force, Day began his career in 1954 as a chemist at Texaco. He was interested in research, but at that time, the chemical lab and research department were two separate divisions. In order to move to the research department, he was required to have a degree in engineering.

So, while married, and helping to raise their three children, as well as working full time, Day began attending Lamar University at night. After six and a half years, Day received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Day credits Lamar University and the opportunity to work in research as the foundation for his rewarding and productive career. His belief in the value of education and his beloved wife’s lifelong avocation for learning led him to create this scholarship. He hopes that future students may benefit from attending Lamar University as did he and his wife.

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