Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation
The Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1973. Its purpose is to promote the arts, sciences and programs
of Port Arthur College, which later became Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
The foundation's early role included assisting the College in acquiring property
surrounding the campus and in making special contributions, such as providing $125,000 to
purchase books for the Gates Memorial Library after city voters donated the library to the
The foundation's current primary purpose is to administer more than $6 million in
permanently endowed scholarships for Lamar State College-Port Arthur students. The
awards bear the names of longtime community members, celebrities and local social and
civic clubs, including Robert Rauschenberg, H.S. and Bernice B. Anderson, Lloyd and Joe
Hayes, Sydalise Fredeman, G.W. Bailey and the Port Arthur Rotary Club.
A 15-member board of directors comprised of community and education leaders administers
the foundation according to established by-laws. Lamar State College-Port Arthur receives
applications for the foundation's scholarships, which may be awarded based on academic
merit, financial need or both. Outstanding achievments of the college and similar activities in support of the Mission Statement of the institution.
Chairman of the Board
– A. Morris Albright
– Floyd W. Marceaux
– Sam Monroe
– Ed Boone
K. T. (Ike) Akbari
Leonard Gabriel, Jr.
James W. Moore
Lee F. Moore
Carl A. Parker
For donations, scholarships, feedback, comments, or suggestions, please send an email to Carol Wommack