Gaylan Gillean Cobb Endowed Scholarship
The Gaylan Gillean Cobb Endowed Scholarship was established by the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System on October 3, 2014 to benefit the School of Education. Gaylan graduated from the College of Education in 1960.
Gaylan Gillean Cobb
Gaylan was a pioneer, one of the first twelve female students in the Longhorn Band. The Gaylan Gillean Cobb Endowed Scholarship funds are intended to support future generations of student band members who are training to be classroom teachers. Gaylan and her brother Bill Gillean were the first brother and sister to serve as band members. She was among those honored at the Texas vs. Kansas State football game in 2007, when the 50th Anniversary of ladies in the Longhorn Marching Band was observed.
After graduation from high school in her hometown of Stamford, Texas, Gaylan came to UT and earned her B.S. in Secondary Education. Her first teaching position was with the Lubbock Independent School District, teaching English at O.L. Slaton Junior High School It was at Slaton that she met her love, her friend, and her joy C. David Cobb. They were married on December 23, 1961 and settled in Lubbock.
Her commitment to teaching led Gaylan to further study at Texas Tech University, where she was awarded a Masters degree in Secondary Education. Throughout her career she was active in groups that support and encourage students outside of the class room. She was the sponsor of the student council at Evans Junior High School and of the national honor society at O.L. Slaton. Gaylan was a charter member of Eta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and served as its president for two years. Texas Tech honored Gaylan during the eighth annual Tribute to teachers.
Gaylan was a Life Member of the University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association, the Texas Tech Alumni Association, the Texas Tech University Chancellor’s Council, and the Red Raider Club. She honored both universities by choosing a lifetime of service to education. Her spirit will be remembered by the students whose dreams will be nourished by this generous gift.