With sadness, we share that legendary Vanguard English teacher Carol Spain has passed away.
She will be remembered for being tough, yet always fair, kind and compassionate toward her students.
Our hearts are with her family. ❤️
We are making a book of memories for her family.
Please comment or send memories to Admission@vanguard.org.
As you may know, Carol Spain, who taught at Vanguard for twenty-seven years, retired in May 2012. Over that
time, she touched many lives, influenced countless academic endeavors, and impacted the Vanguard community in
ways that have yet to show themselves. In light of her remarkable career, we are pleased to honor her with the
Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Fund.
The Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Fund was set up in her honor upon her retirement.
The Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Fund was established not only to reward exceptional students but also
to honor any and all current and former Vanguard faculty. Founded in honor of Carol Spain, this award ultimately
gives all faculty members the opportunity to continue teaching the best and brightest that Waco and the surrounding
area has to offer. The scholarship, announced at the awards ceremony each May, will be given to a current
Vanguard student, chosen by the faculty, as a reward for past achievement and as an incentive for continuing to
excel at Vanguard. The student granted this distinction will be one who displays character traits that embody Carol
herself: loyalty, an intense dedication to educational pursuits, kindness, and selfless concern for others.
The founding of the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Fund coincides with Carol’s retirement as a tribute to her
years of dedication. She, however, was not alone in her service. As many have done in the past, current faculty
members work tirelessly to uphold Vanguard’s tradition of teaching excellence. Therefore, individual contributions
to the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Fund can be made in honor of any faculty member, whether former or
current. Moreover, these contributions need not conform to rigid guidelines or timetables. They may be large or
small, and they may be given at any time during the year—perhaps even as a birthday or holiday present for a
deserving teacher. We hope that with gifts from you and other generous supporters we will be able to continue to
provide the opportunity for students to pursue their academic dreams at Vanguard.
The Vanguard Foundation, which was established in 1992 as a permanent endowment for the school, will
administrate the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Fund. One-half of your donation will go to a permanent
endowment fund for scholarships and one-half will go for immediate scholarships. Please make your check
payable to Vanguard Foundation and complete the information on the enclosed card that you will return with your