Linda and James Rowe Memorial Scholarship
Receives Initial Funding
Hornbeck High School Scholarship Program Established by Eva Rowe
Beaumont, TX and Hornbeck, LA – Eva Rowe, trustee for the Linda and James Rowe Memorial Scholarship Foundation, announces that initial funding has been received. The scholarship was established as part of Eva Rowe’s settlement in her lawsuit against BP, plc for the death of her parents in the Texas City refinery explosion. The annual scholarship will be equal to a minimum of five percent of the foundation’s corpus.
“The preservation of my parents’ names was an important part of my agreeing to settle with BP for their killing of my parents. My mother taught at Hornbeck High School, and it is where my brother and I received our educations,” stated Eva Rowe. “Along with the other foundations we have established, the memory of all 15 victims killed in the refinery explosion will never be forgotten.”
Leah Williams, Hornbeck High School’s guidance counselor and Judy Summerell, Hornbeck High School’s senior class sponsor, will begin distribution of the scholarship applications in late February. Ms. Rowe, along with her brother Jeremy Rowe and Diane Findley of Brent Coon & Associates, Inc., will select the scholarship recipient.
“We are very touched that Eva would honor her parents’ memory and Hornbeck High School with this program. Hornbeck is a poor community and this is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” commented Ms. Williams, who is the Hornbeck High School guidance counselor.
On March 23, 2005, an explosion occurred at the BP plant in Texas City, Texas, killing 15 contract workers and injuring hundreds more. Brent A. Coon, of Brent Coon & Associates, who represented Eva Rowe in her lawsuit against BP, announced on November 9, 2006, that they had reached an unprecedented settlement. The settlement called for $1 million, to be paid over ten years to create a college scholarship foundation for the Hornbeck, Louisiana school district. Linda Rowe taught at Hornbeck High School and worked with students in the Head Start program before joining her husband and working at the BP Texas City plant.
In addition, BP agreed to release over seven million pages of documents and filmed depositions that were to be presented during the trial; a total of $36 million was donated to the Texas A&M University Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Truman G. Blocker Adult Burn Unit, and the College of the Mainland, in Texas City, in the memory of the 15 victims; and a $1 million donation was to be made to her parents’ favorite charity, the Cancer Center at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.