Bess Gentry Award

Established in 1975, this award annually conferred as an all-university recognition of a senior woman who has demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, service, contribution and scholarship as a student Lamar University. The award was established in the name of Bess Gentry, dean of women (1944-1968) and head of the women’s health and physical education department (1944-1956) and is co-sponsored organizations that Mrs. Gentry was instrumental in establishing on the Lamar campus.

The recipient of the Bess Gentry Award will be selected from the nominees for Seniors of Significance. Recipients of the Gentry Award also receive a $1,000 honorarium.

The recipient is announced at the annual Toast to Leadership Awards Banquet.

2017 Gentry Award Winner

Kelli Creel

Major: Biology

Hometown: Sabine Pass