Vernon and Johnnie Durden Scholarship Established
BEAUMONT, August 23, 2013 - Vernon and Johnnie Durden, both Lamar alumni, have established a new scholarship through the Lamar University Foundation. The Vernon and Johnnie Durden Scholarship will benefit undergraduate students in the Educator Preparation Program, part of the College of Education and Human Development.
“This scholarship facilitates the growth and vitality of our program because we are able to accept more students who would otherwise be unable to apply,” said Betty Duncan, chair of the Department of Professional Pedagogy.
Johnnie Durden graduated from Charlton-Pollard High School, now Central Medical Magnet High School. She was an auditor for E. I. DuPont for 27 years, retiring in 2000. She also continued her education while working, earning her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from Lamar in 2000 shortly before retiring. She is a member of the Links, Inc., the Top Ladies of Distinction, The Art Museum of Southeast Texas and Communities In Schools. Durden is also a graduate of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Beaumont program. Although retired from DuPont, she is a substitute teacher for the Beaumont Independent School District.
The College of Education and Human Development has been accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.
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