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Applications now available for the Dr John Montgomery Scholarship Featured

Written by  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:09
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Daughter Mildred Randolph, Dr.John Montgomery and his grandson Kharie Randolph at a banquet in his honor in 2011. Daughter Mildred Randolph, Dr.John Montgomery and his grandson Kharie Randolph at a banquet in his honor in 2011. Photo by David Deaton - OKW News

 

The LeFlore County chapter of NAACP is pleased to announce it is time to apply for the Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship.

 

The scholarship was established in honor of Dr. John Montgomery, retired LeFlore County veterinarian who helped organize the local NAACP and was very instrumental in ending segregation and bridging racial gaps that existed in the mid 1900's. Dr. John Montgomery's voice is still ringing loud and clear in our communities.

 

The scholarship is open LeFlore or Sequoyah County high school graduate with 2.5 GPA and 20 ACT.

 

Scholarships Criteria

Full-time Student

(Proof of College Enrollment 12 hours or more)

Minimum GPA 2.5

(Official H. S. Transcript - 7 semesters)

ACT Score 20

3 Letters of References

Essay

700 words with the subject of “Importance of Serving Mankind”

30 Hours Volunteering

Please include a resume listing your extracurricular, community, and other significant activities.

Please use full organization names and list any positions held, responsibilities, and accomplishments.

 

About Dr. John Montgomery

Dr. John Montgomery helped organize the LeFlore County Branch of the NAACP.

 

Montgomery was born Aug. 11, 1917, on the outskirts of Henderson, Texas.

 

When he finished the eighth grade, he moved 40 miles away to Marshall, Texas, to attend the nearest high school for African-American students. Upon his graduation, he attended Prairie View A&M University, where he met his wife, Doris, to whom he was married for 54 years before her passing.

 

After graduation, he joined the Army, serving as sergeant 1st class in World War II. Using money, he'd saved from his G.I. bill, he then attended Tuskegee University, where he earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He then worked for a year in Mexico City before he and Doris Montgomery moved to Poteau in 1951, where he practiced veterinary medicine in LeFlore County for 35 years and served as a mentor for to other young veterinarians.

 

Montgomery was instrumental in desegregation in the Poteau area. In 1955, he petitioned the Poteau public school board to initiate the integration of the school system.

 

The agreement to do so made Poteau the first city in Oklahoma to allow African-American students to attend school with white students.

 

His actions also resulted in the desegregation of several area restaurants, public swimming pools and local businesses. That work, Hooks said, was all because Montgomery had a passion for the betterment of people.

He died on December 5, 2014 at the age of 97.

 

Application is available to download below - just hit the download icon at bottom of page.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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