New Endowed Scholarship to Benefit College of Education Students
Dr. Neil Allen of Greeley, CO has established the Mildred M. Thomas Algea and A. Bill Algea Endowed Scholarship in Education in the names of his late aunt and uncle to honor their memory. Mildred Thomas Algea taught fourth grade in Beeville, Texas for over 40 years after graduating from Southwest Texas State Teachers College with her baccalaureate degree in education and teaching certification in elementary education. She and her husband, A. Bill Algea, were higher education advocates and encouraged students to continue their education by attending college.
The Algea family operates the Algea Ranch in Bee County, TX. The ranch was founded by A. Bill Algea’s father in 1911 and has been passed down from generation to generation. Today, Mildred and A. Bill’s daughter Margie Ann Algea Awalt operates the ranch with her children Marianne and Ben. The family received the Family Land Heritage recognition from the Texas Department of Agriculture in 2013.
The Mildred M. Thomas Algea and A. Bill Algea Endowed Scholarship will benefit students in Texas State’s College of Education who are seeking teacher certification in elementary education and have at least a 3.0 GPA. To honor the Algea family’s Texas ranch legacy, preference will be given to students who have resided in a rural community.