Worda Russell Memorial Endowment
The Worda Russell Memorial Endowment was established by the Texas State Council, July 19, 1985. The first scholarship was awarded in 1986.
Worda Russell was a Past President of District III Council of Texas, President of the Texas State Council in 1953-54, and President of the International Council of ESA in 1964-65. Worda passed away in July, 1981 on her return home from the ESA International convention held in Australia.
In 1984, the members of District III Council in Texas hosted the Texas State Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas, and pledged all convention profits for the start of the Worda Russell Memorial Endowment. Profits from future state conventions and member donations increased the fund to substantial excess within five years.
Worda was a mathematics teacher in the Harlingen Independent School District and other Rio Grande Valley towns in Texas. The endowment was established to honor the memory of Worda Russell and support students earning a degree in the teaching profession.