Thanks to a $10,000 donation from the family of O.W. (Buddy) Lockard Jr., Galena Park ISD Class of 2007 graduating seniors have a chance to earn one of five $2,000 college scholarships.
The Buddy Lockard Memorial Scholarship has been established by the former teacher’s four daughters, Pam Sterlekar, Kathy Taylor, Rebecca Wade, and Helen Jackson, all Galena Park High School graduates and Houston area residents. The four sisters want to honor the memory of their father and provide educational opportunities to area graduates.
Buddy Lockard began his career in education as a math teacher at Woodland Acres Junior High in 1962. In 1967, Mr. Lockard accepted a teaching assignment at Fidelity High School as the district began to integrate what had been racially segregated schools. Later, he taught at North Shore Middle School until health problems forced his retirement in 1978. Mr. Lockard passed away in 1988. Buddy Lockard was a devoted family man and a dedicated teacher who impacted the lives of many young people.
Interested high school seniors are encouraged to submit a scholarship packet, including an application available from district high school counselors. To be considered for one of the scholarships, students must have an overall GPA of 2.8; be on track to graduate this spring; have taken the SAT or ACT or have an acceptance letter from a college or university; have a letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or employer; demonstrate a financial need; and submit a 400-word essay about a significant learning experience.
The family has opted to work with The Galena Park ISD Education Foundation which will manage the selection of recipients, with input from the Lockard sisters, and the disbursement of the funds.