The Howard Hughes Corp. has established and awarded the first annual Gerald D. Irons, Sr. scholarship on May 27.

The scholarship was created in honor of community member and former Conroe ISD board member Gerald Irons, Sr., who served for around 22 and passed away April 1.

According to a press release from The Howard Hughes Corp., the recipient, Kobe Brown, was selected from Oak Ridge High School. Gerald D. Irons, Sr. Junior High School feeds into Oak Ridge High School.

“We are honored to present our first annual Gerald D. Irons, Sr. scholarship, which we know followed the philanthropic principles in which Gerald believed,” Jim Carman, president of the Houston Region for Howard Hughes, said in the press release. “Gerald’s commitment and dedication to The Woodlands was incredible, and we are proud to facilitate a scholarship in his name to a deserving graduating senior. Kobe has a bright future ahead with his academic endeavors. We thank the Irons family for joining us to celebrate his scholarship presentation.”

Irons served as a leader and volunteer of The Woodlands community for over 40 years. He had a 32-year career as vice president of business development for The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Howard Hughes.

Irons and his family were named as one of the original The Woodlands Hometown Heroes in 1999. Irons also played about 10 years in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns.