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Mary E. Massingill Scholarship

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About the Mary E. Massingill Scholarship Fund
Overview and Scholarship Criteria

This fund was established to honor the many contributions of Mary E. Massingill who retired in 2019 from LISD at the age of 85 after a 41-year career as a Kindergarten teaching assistant. She began teaching at Murfee Elementary in 1977, then moved to Honey Elementary as part of the inaugural staff when the school opened in 1983. During her career, Mary supported literacy for generations of children, but, more importantly, she helped fuel a love of learning. This scholarship recognizes the promise found in every high school student graduating, ready for college and career, as well as the critical importance of a caring and qualified teacher in every classroom.

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Mary E. Massingill Honey Bear Scholars (awarded on even years)


  • Graduating high school senior who attended Honey Elementary (confirmed by LISD)

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Planning to attend accredited college or university in Texas

Selection Criteria

  • Scholastic potential or achievement

  • Record of service to community or school

  • Financial need may be considered

  • Preference given to student pursuing postsecondary study in Education


Mary E. Massingill Legacy of Learning Scholars (awarded on odd years)


  • Junior or senior in Education Department at Texas Tech University

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Student teaching in semester in which scholarship awarded

Selection Criteria

  • Scholastic potential or achievement

  • Financial need may be considered

  • Preference given to Elementary Education major

Give to the Mary E. Massingill Scholarship Fund

Two easy ways to donate...

  1. Online! (PayPal, Debit Card, and Credit Card)
    Click the "Donate" button to donate safely and securely online.


  2. By Check!
    Send checks to:
    Community Foundation of West Texas
    6102 82nd Street, Suite #8b
    Lubbock, TX 79424
    Remember to put Mary E. Massingill Scholarship Fund on the memo line.

About Mary E. Massingill

Mary Elizabeth Massingill (neé Grey) was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1933. She grew up with brothers Bob and Jim, father Ed (an accountant), and mother Bernice (a newspaper reporter). Mary was a good student and gifted artist. She attended Lamar College (now University) where she majored in art education.

Mary and Harry B. Massingill, Jr., her husband of 62 years, married in 1954. The couple had four children— Katy, Brad, Laurie, and Dave. Harry’s 20-year Air Force career took Mary and their growing family from coast to coast and overseas, with assignments in Texas, Alabama, Nebraska, Canada, California, Washington, and Puerto Rico. When Harry retired, the family settled in Lubbock where Harry joined the South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts of America as a district executive.

In 1975, Mary and her youngest child headed to Kindergarten at Murfee Elementary. That first year, Mary served as a half-day parent volunteer with Dave’s classroom teacher, Susan Hudson. When Dave moved on to 1st grade, Mary stayed in Kindergarten. She volunteered full-time for two years at Murfee and at Dupree Elementary.

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Mary was hired by Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) as a teaching assistant for the 1977-78 school year, continuing her work with Susan at Murfee. The pair moved to Honey Elementary when the school opened in 1983, working together until Susan moved to the Dallas area in 2001. Over the years at Murfee and Honey, Mary served with six principals and supported 16 Kindergarten teachers. She also stepped in to help in other grade levels when she was needed and supported the Kaleidoscope program at Williams Elementary during several summers.

During her 41-year career, Mary was a caring constant for generations of Lubbock Kindergartners, supporting literacy, teaching handwriting, helping little ones learn their letters and numbers, offering hugs and encouragement, and fueling a love for learning. Throughout her career, Mary shared her artistic talents— creating bulletin boards and displays, illustrating school yearbooks and district curriculum guides, and designing logos (including the original Honey Bear mascot). Mary retires in 2019 as the last original Honey Bear from the inaugural staff.

Donations to the Community Foundation of West Texas are a permanent resource for use exclusively in the South Plains community and surrounding area. All gifts are tax deductible, and you will receive a prompt acknowledgement of your contribution.

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