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Juanita Brownlee Memorial Scholarship established

A new endowed scholarship for undergraduate students majoring in mathematics has been established in the Lamar University Foundation.  The Juanita Brownlee Memorial Scholarship for Mathematics Teachers was funded by Karen and Glenn Smith, Brownlee’s daughter and son-in-law, in her memory

.“The faculty and staff in the Department of Mathematics are grateful for this endowed scholarship and hope that it will help an able mathematics student who dreams of becoming a high school mathematics teacher,” said Marye Wilkinson, interim chair of the Department of Mathematics.  “This scholarship could provide financial support to help make that dream come true for a student who is academically strong, but financially vulnerable.”

Brownlee was born in Florien, Louisiana. After graduating from Florien High School, she moved to Beaumont and married Maurice Brownlee. Mrs. Brownlee attended Lamar and graduated cum laude in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in home economics. She returned and received her Master of Education in secondary education in 1973.

Mrs. Brownlee was a math teacher for much of her career in education, continuing to work in the field of education throughout her life. She was the director of Food Services for the Beaumont Independent School District upon retirement. The Brownlees later resided in Florien until Mr. Brownlee’s death, after which she returned to Beaumont. Mrs. Brownlee was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for women in the field of education. In addition, she was active with the Texas Retired Teachers Association. She also published two books: Tangram Geometry in Metric and a history and genealogy called Our Westbrook Family. Mrs. Brownlee passed away in 2012.

“Juanita Brownlee's story is inspiring, and we are proud that her family has honored her memory and our students with this scholarship,” Wilkinson said.

In addition to offering students rigorous mathematics coursework, the Department of Mathematics is actively involved with the STAIRSTEP Program and the National Science Foundation ASCENT Scholarship Program.

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