Lester/Wahl Family Scholarship (SW6331)
Honors the James and Ingeborg Lester family. The scholarship also honors Angelika Lester Wahl for her accomplishments mentoring Texas State students, particularly women and persons from underrepresented groups. Scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding and applied to the following fall.
The Lester Family Geography Scholarship honors the James and Ingeborg Lester family. The scholarship also honors Angelika Lester-Wahl for her accomplishments mentoring Texas State students, particularly women and persons from underrepresented groups. James (Jim) E. Lester was born and lived as a youth in a small town in Indiana. Ingeborg Lester was born and lived in Bavaria, Germany. Jim was in the United States Army and stationed in Baumholder, Germany, where he met the love of his life, Inge—who was caring for her two infants (Angelika and her brother, Georg) as a single parent. They were married in September 1970 in Germany and, after Jim’s twenty years of military service, now live a quiet life in Harker Heights, Texas.
This scholarship also honors Irene L. Wahl’s love of geography, continuous support of persons succeeding in academics and her philosophy that “it is better to stumble along toward the right decision, than to run straightforward toward the wrong one.” Her son Richard graduated from the Southwest Texas Teacher’s College with a master’s degree in Mathematics and married Janie Scheel. Richard and Janie had three children, Sheri, Max, and Rodney.
Be an undergraduate or graduate student attending Texas State full-time as a geography major
Have a minimum 3.0 overall Grade Point Average (GPA) if an undergraduate student or a minimum 3.5 overall Grade Point Average (GPA) if a graduate student and
Write a 500-word essay discussing either:
- Demonstration of the recipient’s community volunteerism; or
- Recipient’s goal toward an element of geography
Preference shall be given to a female student