Five Graduates Receive College Scholarships in Memory of Local Citizens

Five local high school graduates have been selected to receive college scholarship awards in honor of citizens from the Coleman region. These scholarships are awarded annually to deserving students through the Community Foundation of Abilene which also manages funds for the Coleman County Foundation.   


Zach Moore Memorial Scholarship – Cassandra Alonzo, 2017 Panther Creek High School graduate, and Kloe Hale, 2017 Coleman High School graduate, have received the Zach Moore Memorial Scholarship. Cassandra and Kloe will both attend Angelo State University.

The Zach Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his family to honor the memory of Zach Moore, a Panther Creek student who died in June, 1992, due to an accident at a railroad crossing in Coleman, Texas. Zach Moore was a musician. Motivated by the support of his parents, Wayne and Terri Moore, Zach began to play drums at the early age of two and learned the fiddle at age thirteen. He attended Panther Creek High School, where he continually brightened the lives of his classmates.

James P. Hopper Memorial Scholarship – Cassandra Alonzo and Sarita Short, 2017 Panther Creek High School graduates, have received the James P. Hopper Memorial Scholarship. Cassandra will attend Angelo State University, and Sarita will attend Texas Tech University.

 This fund was established in 1988 by friends and relatives in memory of James Hopper. James was a kind-hearted young man who was well liked by his classmates and peers.  His memory lives on through the James Hopper Memorial Scholarship.  

Barney Popnoe Memorial Scholarship – Sarita Short, 2017 Panther Creek High School graduate, has received the Barney Popnoe Memorial Scholarship. Sarita will attend Texas Tech University.

This scholarship was created in honor of Mr. Barney Popnoe, an educator, coach and mentor who passed away on November 3, 2013. The scholarship will offer tuition support to applicants graduating from Coleman County High Schools who are pursuing a degree in science. The scholarship was established to continue Mr. Popnoe’s legacy of learning and higher education.

Bob R. Hefner Memorial Scholarship – Jerod Roberts and Saul Garza Munoz, 2017 Coleman High School graduates, have received the Bob R. Hefner Memorial Scholarship. Jerod will attend Cisco College, and Saul will attend Texas State Technical College.

The Bob R. Hefner Memorial Scholarship was established by Mr. Hefner prior to his death in June, 2010. Mr. Hefner was a businessman in Coleman, Texas, who wanted to help students attend vocational or technical schools to learn to operate tangible mechanical equipment.