February 8th, 2018
Ms. Cathy Odom Staples is pleased to announce the establishment of the Taylor-Odom Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial aid to graduating high school seniors who might not otherwise be able to afford advanced education.
Eligible students must reside in Liberty County and graduate from either Hardin, Liberty, Dayton, Hull-Daisetta or Tarkington High School. The amount of the scholarships will vary based upon a student’s pursuit of a four-year degree, a two-year degree or vocational/technical certification from accredited institutions in the State of Texas. Additional information may be obtained from high school counselors in each of the named schools.
Officers and directors of the Foundation include:
Cathy Odom Staples – 1969 graduate of Hardin High School & 1979 graduate of Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). Retired from Belden Inc. as senior vice president, human resources.
Charles Douglas “Buddy” Odom – 1972 graduate of Hardin High School. Retired from Albemarle Corporation after 37 years with positions as maintenance foreman and quality assurance technician.
Lea Ann Odom Zimmer - 1995 graduate of Dayton High School and 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Currently, teacher at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, Dayton.
Chad Douglas Odom - 1997 graduate of Dayton High School. Received a certificate in process technology from Lee College in 1999. Currently, subject matter expert with Chevron Phillips, Baytown.
Ms. Staples said, “I am pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to students. The Foundation is named for my parents, Davey Lea Taylor Odom and Douglas Ervin “Doc” Odom, who encouraged my brother and me to pursue an education beyond high school and to apply our skills and abilities to advance our careers. My goal is to help under-served students pursue their dreams and prepare them for a competitive employment environment.”