Albert H. Brigance and Pat (Hicks) Brigance Scholarship Established at Carl Albert State College
The Albert H. Brigance and Pat (Hicks) Brigance Scholarship, an endowed scholarship, has been established at Carl Albert State College by Pat Brigance.
Albert H. Brigance, who passed away in 2007, and his wife Pat’s family include daughters Rebecca Brigance, Royce Brigance Jackson, and Dee Damron. They also have five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Mr. Brigance was a graduate of Keota High School and Mrs. Brigance graduated from Cameron High School. Therefore, according to their daughter Royce, the scholarship will be used to adopt a CASC Scholar each year from Keota or Cameron.
Mr. Brigance was the second of six children born to Otta & Okla (Christenberry) Brigance. He served in the Air Force while completing his Bachelor’s degree as an honor student at Southeastern State University. Following his service in the Air Force, he began his teaching career in California. He earned a Master’s degree from Fresno State and created the first comprehensive educational assessment program called The Inventory of Basic Skill published by Curriculum Associates. He went on to write over 40 books and became known world-wide for his work in education. For his accomplishments in education, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1999 where there is a scholarship fund established in his name. In addition, the Brigance family established posthumously the Albert H. Brigance Curriculum and Assessment Center in Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library in 2012.
Mrs. Brigance was the second child of Rufus and Jesse Hicks. She and Albert met while attending Southeastern and were married in 1956. Pat was a great support to Albert in helping promote his writings. Both had an interest in family history, and each authored and published books tracing their family genealogies.
In addition to this most recent gift to CASC, Mrs. Brigance has also established a scholarship fund, The Albert H & Pat (Hicks) Brigance Scholarship, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University which gives first priority to Carl Albert State College graduates from the Poteau campus transferring to Southeastern.