AEC endowed scholarship honors long-time staff leader Mary Lou Flom
By: Elizabeth Bertrand
Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications will carry on a departmental legend for years to come. In 2013, an endowed scholarship to honor Mary Lou Flom, administrative business assistant for the department, was established in her name. The scholarships go to undergraduate students in the department.
The 'Mary Lou Flom Endowed Scholarship' was created by former students to show their appreciation for all the hard work and dedication Flom has invested in the department over the decades. June Humble Bell, a former graduate assistant in the department and her niece, Jenna Davidson Hightower also a graduate of the department, assisted in the development of the endowment with the financial support of others.
The scholarship allows former students to give back to the university, as well as thank and honor Flom for the help they received as students, said Scott Burris, interim chairman of Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. "Anytime I visit with alumni they always ask how Mary Lou is doing," he said. "Her influence on students lasts a lifetime."
Flom began working for Texas Tech in 1972, and joined the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications staff six years later. "I got to know so many of them very well and considered them like my own children when they were students," Flom said. "I still keep in touch with many of them, even though they've graduated."
Flom said at the time that she was thankful that the scholarship would assist students in continuing their education, and hoped the scholarship would grow. "It's an honor to be recognized this way," she said. "I was very humbled that somebody would do this for me and the students."
CONTACT: Scott Burris, Interim Chairman, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-8689 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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