"Who has had the biggest impact on your life?"
Such was the thought-provoking topic among a fall 2000 gathering of
ol' friends. They remembered family of course, then teachers and community leaders; each listing from their own
experiences. But this group of 1966 Lone Oak High graduates, most attending LOHS from the 1st grade, quickly found
a common thread. Someone that most LOHS students of their day took for granted just because he was always there,
in control, often feared, but always respected, someone that everyone - students, faculty, even patents - called "Mr. Robinson." Stories flowed and
the reminiscing became an idea that something should be done to honor this leader who had so impacted all their
lives and their alma mater.
Soon the idea spread to other classmates and classes from the Robinson years. Everyone remembered the impact John Robinson had on LOHS and its students through some of the most formative years of their lives and of the school. The idea became a plan for honoring Lone Oak High School's former Principal of 21 years and a dream of continuing his career long focus on students by establishing an ongoing endowment fund to provide scholarships for graduating LOHS seniors.
That's how it began. Now, after years of hard work, through the contributions and dedication of thousands of LOHS alumni, staff and friends from the Robinson years and beyond, that dream is a reality. This site is dedicated to the memory of John E Robinson; his contribution to Lone Oak High School; and to the scholarship fund that carries his charity to the next generation.
One $10,000 ($2,500 each of four years) will still be awarded in 2020 to a graduating McCracken County High Senior who came up through the Lone Oak Schools even in the present COVID-19 shutdown. Qualified students should check with their house counselors by phone or e-mail. Present deadline for submission is March 31st.
About This Site
This web site is dedicated to the memory of LOHS Principal John E Robinson and to the Memorial Scholarship Fund that bears his name. With history of how the memorial began to activities by the alumni to support the on going Scholarship fund, the pages herein include the many accolades from those who lives were directly touched by Mr Robinson's love for his students, those who have benefitted from the fund and remembrances of the many great events promoted by the John Robinson Scholarship Committee and Lone Oak Alumni Association. Many thanks to the thousands of LOHS alumni, faculty and friends that have made this continuing memorial possible.
Obviously, this is the "home" page where it all starts. News items and announcements will be posted as appropriate, Photos and other content may be accessed through the menu on the right. Menu selections may link to other menus if the content is further divided into subcategories. Clicking on the header image will return to the LoneOakAlumni.Org main page.
Many thanks to everyone who has made this effort the success it has become. Since 2003, the fund has awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships to over 50 graduating Lone Oak Students. The endowment fund continues to grow through many generous donations and continued support from alumni across the country. Scholarships continue to be planned that will continue the tradition established by John Robinson many decades ago.
In 2015, having reached and exceeded all planned goals for the scholarship program, the oversight committee formerly known as the John Robinson Scholarship Committee, transferred administration of the fund; including application and award; renewal; and payment processes to the Community Foundation of West Kentucky. To assure compliance with the mandate of the fund and connection to the community, three former members of the JERS Committee became part of the Community Foundation of West Kentucky Scholarship Committee; Ned Buchannon, Diana Whitewide Record and Buddy Rushing. Long term oversight of the scholarship program was given to the Lone Oak High Alumni Association, participation in which includes all of the former JERS Scholarship members.
Many thanks to those who served on the JERS Committee through the years and worked hard to make the John E Robinson Memorial a success.
Mail Tax deductible donations directly to:
John E Robinson Scholarship Fund
Community Foundation of West Kentucky
P.O. Box 7
Paducah, KY 42002-0007
John E Robinson Scholarship Fund
2780-D New Holt Rd #308
Paducah, KY 42001
The John E Robinson Scholarship Fund is an endowment fund established through the Community Foundation of West Kentucky for the granting of post-secondary education grants to qualifying Lone Oak graduates of the McCracken County High School of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The John E Robinson Scholarship Fund is managed by the Community Foundation of West Kentucky under direction of the Lone Oak High School Alumni Association. Questions concerning the operation of the John E Robinson Scholarship Fund should be directed to the Community Foundation of West Kentucky or the Lone High School Alumni Association via the contact information provide elsewhere herein.