Babe Didrikson Zaharias Foundation
Established in 1969, the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Foundation was created to preserve and promote the legacy of Babe. It built the museum in 1976 and since then, has championed support for the woman athlete. Not only women golfers, but every woman’s sport was considered when recognition was appropriate.
Ben Rogers approached his long time friend, John Gray, a president emeritus of Lamar University, to lend his name and his prominence to such a project. Thus, the first of many endowed Lamar University scholarships that given annually to the outstanding female athlete who exhibits role model characteristics to her peers was established in his honor. They are:
John Gray/Babe Didrikson Zaharias Scholarship – Established in 1975, and the recipients photograph is permanently displayed, along with Babe’s memorabilia, in the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum.
Ben & Julie Rogers/Babe Didrikson Zaharias Scholarship – Established in 1991 and honors Ben Rogers, the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Foundation, and his wife.
Thad & Margaret Johnson/Babe Didrikson Zaharias Scholarship – Established in 2000 and honors Thad Johnson, who chronicled Babe’s career and authored her biography, as well as served on the foundation board, and his wife.
W. L. Pate, Sr./Babe Didrikson Zaharias Scholarship – Established in 2001 and honors Colonel W.L. Pate, Sr., who served as President of the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Foundation from 1991 – 2002.
Milton Bell/Babe Didrikson Zaharias Scholarship – Established in 2005 and honors Colonel Milton Bell, the architect who designed the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum in Beaumont, TX, and is a longtime member of the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Foundation board.
Bob West/Babe Didrikson Zaharias Scholarship– Established in 2010 and honors Bob West, the Sports Editor for the Port Arthur News and a longtime member of the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Foundation board.
Donations have been made over the years to organizations in Southeast Texas, such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, I Have Dream Program, Julie Rogers Gift of Life, Communities in Schools, Art Museum of SETX, Girls Haven, Young Audiences, Texas Energy Museum, Mental Health Association and many others.
Contact information:148 South Dowlen #732 Beaumont, TX 77707 (409) 833-4514 Email