On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the Community Foundation of West Texas announced the nine exceptional Lubbock County high school students that have been selected to receive the prestigious Don & Sybil Harrington Scholarship for a total of $180,000.00! The Don & Sybil Harrington Scholarship Endowment was established at the Community Foundation of West Texas in late 2006 with a gift of $3 million.
Don and Sybil Harrington embodied the independent and adventurous spirit of the American West. She was the granddaughter of one of the first families to settle Amarillo. He moved west after serving in the Army Air Corps during World War I. Educated as an engineer at Yale University, he took a position with Marlin Oil Company in Oklahoma. When the Texas Panhandle oil boom hit in 1926, Harrington moved to Amarillo, where he met Sybil Buckingham. They married in 1935 and went on to build one of the most successful independent oil and gas operations in Texas history. The Harrington legacy of philanthropy is far-reaching but rooted in the Texas Panhandle. Over many years, the Harrington name has become synonymous with successful charitable, educational, and cultural endeavors.
The Don & Sybil Harrington Scholarship is intended to provide significant scholarship support for Lubbock County’s best and brightest students both now and for generations to come.
Those students who are eligible to apply for the Don & Sybil Harrington Scholarship are going to pursue a baccalaureate degree with a major in Science, Mathematics, or Engineering. Students are selected each year based on their level of academic motivation, motivation for study in their chosen field, SAT and/or ACT scores, and grade point average.
Listed below are the 2018 recipients:
Colten David Cannon - All Saints Episcopal School
Sarah Elizabeth Going - All Saints Episcopal School
Benjamin Hart Cheatham - Monterey High School
Katherine Grace McGough - Coronado High School
Marika Perlmutter - Lubbock Christian High School
John Elihu Poquiz - Lubbock High School
Amy Yang - Lubbock High School
Shao-Lon Yeh - Lubbock High School
Molly Ryan Smith - Frenship High School