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Texas Gulf Historical Society establishes scholarship

The Lamar University Foundation has announced an endowed scholarship has been established for the College of Arts and Sciences. The Texas Gulf Historical Society Charlsie Berly Scholarship will provide funding for students majoring in history at Lamar University.

“We are so excited about this new scholarship,” said Brenda Nichols, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  “Our history department continues to grow and meet student demands for Asian history, African and African American history as well as now collaborating with the Spindletop Museum and the university archivist to develop courses in public history.  This scholarship will provide much needed student support to help them achieve their goals.”

The Texas Gulf Historical Society honored Charlsie Berly with a named scholarship in recognition of her 12 years as the editor of the Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record.  Berly was a professor of English at Lamar University from 1947 until her retirement in 1969.  She returned to Lamar University in 1981 as the first curator of the Mary and John Gray Library special collections department.  Berly died in 2004 at the age of 101.

The Texas Gulf Historical Society shares a passion for and commitment to exploring, compiling and preserving the cultural heritage of the Texas Gulf region.  That research is documented in the Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record, published annually since 1965.  In 2011, the Society began an association with the Lamar University Department of History that assumed full editorial responsibility for the Record.

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