Barbara J. & Walter Anderson '55 Endowed Scholarship
Barbara and Walter Anderson established this scholarship to provide financial support for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the College of Education and Human Development. Following Barbara's brief period of teaching in public schools in the 1950s, she and Walter felt strongly that teacher development needed to be a priority if educators were to fulfill their mission as sculptors of our future citizens. "Every adult needs to be a 'professional' in whatever calling they pursue...whether at home, work or play. The burden of developing that standard in our young people is often on the backs of our educators," Barbara said. "We wanted to be able to facilitate their efforts and enable potentially capable students to find a way to afford the quality education they need."
Mary Barnhill Endowed Scholarship
Mary Barnhill knew the value of education and believed that there is so much to learn and so little time to learn it. Her 34-year teaching career was interrupted by a brief retirement, during which she missed interacting with students so much that she decided to return to the classroom as a substitute teacher and school counselor. Mary, who was also an avid rancher, established this scholarship to support both education and agricultural students pursuing their dream to earn a college degree. The scholarship is designated to be awarded to an agricultural student for three years and then to an education major for three years. The rotation between the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will continue until the endowment grows to support concurrent scholarships.
Lillian Vorpahl Boone and Naomi Shannon Boone PES
James L. Boone, Jr. established the Lillian Vorpahl Boone and Naomi Shannon Boone President’s Endowed Scholarship in memory of his late wives. Lillian was an adoring and faithful wife for 58 years, a loving mother, a doting grandmother and a friend to many throughout her life. Naomi known for her kind smile and heart for others, she was a school teacher for 41 years. Naomi and James, both widowed after more than 50 years of marriage had been married for only a brief time before she passed away. This scholarship will support full-time undergraduate students in the college who are pursuing teacher certification and will help to recruit and recognize high achieving students.
Mora Waddell Boone and James L. Boone, Sr. '21 PES
Mora Waddell Boone established the Mora Waddell Boone and James L. Boone, Sr. '21 President's Endowed Scholarship for students in the College of Education and Human Development. Mora was a retired school teacher and librarian who served the state's public school system for 32 years. Born in 1900, Mora and her late husband, James, both attended Texas A&M University and became educators. Their son, James, is a former student and professor emeritus of the college who retired after 36 years with Texas A&M. It is a testament to the Boone's commitment to education that their two sons, four of their grandchildren and four of their great-grandchildren also became teachers.
Naomi S. Boone Memorial Sul Ross Scholarship
James L. Boone, Jr., established the Naomi S. Boone Sul Ross Scholarship in memory of his late second wife. After graduating from Sam Houston State University in 1949, Naomi began her teaching career in Normangee, where she met and married Jack Shannon. Jack's career as a scientific glass blower led them to the Dow Chemical Company at Lake Jackson, Oklahoma State University, and finally, to Texas A&M University. For 41 of the intervening years, third graders in these communities were greeted each morning by Naomi's kind smile and teacher's heart. During most of these years she was a teacher and curriculum supervisor in the College Station Independent School District. Naomi continued her education while serving the College Station schools, earning a master of education degree from Texas A&M in 1971. Naomi and James, both widowed after more than 50 years of marriage, had been married for only a brief time before she passed away.
George W. Brackenridge FEA
In 1925, five years after its founder's death, the George W. Brackenridge Foundation was established primarily to support education. The Brackenridge Foundation has funded three undergraduate Foundation Excellence Awards in the College of Education and Human Development, including one endowed scholarship for students from Bexar County preparing to become teachers.
Heather Bradley Endowed Scholarship in Educational Psychology
The Heather Bradley Endowed Scholarship was established by Beth and Sherman Bradley to honor the life of their daughter, Heather Elaine Bradley, a 1996 graduate of Texas A&M, and her commitment to children with special needs. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in educational psychology with a program emphasis on children with special needs. Preference is given to students who have a history of exceptional volunteer work with children, especially at-risk children and/or those from low-income families.
Phyllis Evelyn Breaux Scholarship
Ellen Breaux Morris '86, established this scholarship in honor of her mother, Phyllis Evelyn Breaux. Preference is given to first-generation students who are Texas residents, with sophomore or greater standing, who are seeking teacher certification and who demonstrate financial need.
Jennifer Cammack Scholarship in Teacher Education
The Jennifer Cammack Scholarship was established by Kyle Kepple to support undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development preparing to become teachers. Jennifer was an education major, and she and Kyle shared the same birth date, January 14th. This scholarship is a way to keep Jennifer's memory alive and bring about a positive result from the tragedy of her death.
Paige Cynthia Cartwright and Ivory Rose Cartwright Scholarship
The Paige Cynthia Cartwright and Ivory Rose Cartwright Scholarship was established by Linda and Stephen Phillips to support students seeking teacher certification. Preference is given to students enrolled in a minimum of 15 hours per semester and who maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Paige and Ivory are the grandchildren of Steve and Linda Phillips, and they are class of ’32 and ’34.
Candice and Rick Cashen '02 Scholarship
Established by Candice and Rick Cashen, this scholarship supports undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development. Candice and Rick believe in the value of education and the importance of training quality teachers. Rick wanted to honor his wife, who herself is a former educator.
Todd Christopher Endowed Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was established to provide support for undergraduate students working to become certified classroom teachers. "My reason for establishing a scholarship at Texas A&M University in education came to fruition from several great English teachers who taught me over the 16 years of my formal education," Todd Christopher said. "These teachers instilled in me a love of the English language and its application in writing, literature and poetry. Finally, my devotion and love for Texas A&M encouraged me to give something back, in particular to education, to help perpetuate the flow of great teachers in Texas." Todd passed away in February, 2008.
Class of '66 Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education
Tom Davis, John Trott and James "Nardie" Vine were instrumental in establishing this undergraduate scholarship in the College of Education and Human Development. As class agents, Tom and John were considering options for their class to support the university. A serendipitous conversation with a development officer with the Texas A&M Foundation, led the trio to propose that the Class of 1966 endow a scholarship in the college that would support a student studying to become a teacher.
Jane and Collie Conoley Endowed Fellowship
Established by the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council and funded by various donors, this endowed graduate student fellowship was renamed in 2005 in honor of Jane Conoley, the college's fourth dean, and her husband, Collie, a former faculty member in the educational psychology department. Through their expertise and commitment, Jane and Collie furthered the college's efforts to elevate its students, faculty and programs and gain national prominence.
Dr. Gogi Dickson '90 Scholarship
The importance of education and a love for Texas A&M inspired John and Gogi Dickson to establish this scholarship for those who seek certification in teaching math, science or reading and have a parent in the military. "Moving around so much made it very difficult for our children to compete for scholarships," Gogi says. "We hope that this scholarship can help other military families meet the challenges of change that comes with a military family's way of life." Gogi and her husband, John are members of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Richard and Luann Dolan Scholarship
Established by Luann '79, '83 and Richard '85 Dolan, these scholarships support students who are preparing to become teachers. The Richard and Luann Dolan Scholarship benefits students seeing teacher certification in math or science, and the Dolan Family Endowed Opportunity Award provides scholarships for first year freshmen with outstanding high school records who are pursuing education degrees. “We are honored to establish these scholarships to benefit aspiring teachers. Our family recognizes the importance of an excellent education and the abilities of those special teachers that work selflessly and tirelessly to provide such an education to their students. It is our hope that the recipient of this award uses it to begin a long, satisfying and inspiring career in the field of education,” the Dolans wrote. Luann is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
DOW Aggie Endowed Scholarship
In 2000, employees with Dow's Texas operations kicked off a four-year fundraising campaign to provide financial support for Texas A&M University. Through this effort, an undergraduate scholarship was established in the College of Education and Human Development to support students preparing to become math or science teachers.
Michael B. Duchin Memorial Fellowship
Established by Ralph and Sally Duchin in memory of their son, Michael, this fellowship supports a graduate student in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Sally earned her doctorate in health education from the College of Education and Human Development.
Dr. Juanita B. '86 and Robert P. Felder Scholarship
The Dr. Juanita B. ’86 and Robert P. Felder Scholarship supports students seeking teacher certification in the College of Education and Human Development. Bob was a career officer in the military, and prior to Nita’s earning a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University, she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. Juanita taught in the public elementary school at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, she taught English as a Second Language at Urasoe-Son, in Okinawa and she was employed as an education specialist with the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston.
"Sherry" Mary Felder Castater Scholarship
Dr. Juanita Felder ’86, established this scholarship for students seeking teacher certification. Juanita was a first-generation college graduate and educator. Her career spanned two decades and three continents, providing first-hand knowledge of the impact that teachers can have on student’s lives. “I just think that we need more good teachers, Nita says. “Teachers can make a world of difference, and they deserve our support – both as students preparing to teach and as professionals in the classroom.” The scholarship was named in honor of Nita’s late mother.
Janie House Flack and Gordon R. Flack/Capital City A&M Club Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education
Janie and Gordon Flack wanted to give something to Texas A&M University that made a difference in the lives of students. With matching funds from the university, the Capital City A&M Club and the Flacks established two undergraduate scholarships to ease the financial burden of students from the Austin area working to get their teacher certification.
Gina and William H. Flores Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Gina and William H. Flores '76 to support first-generation students studying to become teachers. By supporting students in the teacher preparation program, Gina and Bill hope that Aggie values such as integrity, loyalty, leadership, selfless service and respect will spread to young people in classrooms throughout Texas and beyond.
Polly Wiseman Franklin '86 PES
This undergraduate scholarship was established in Polly Franklin's memory by her parents Dr. Charles R. and Patricia Wiseman, her brother Vince Wiseman and her husband David Franklin. Charles and Patricia have generously supported Texas A&M University through other gifts in support of scholarships and programs in veterinary medicine and athletics.
Pictured here: Patricia and Charles Wiseman.
Dr. Steven R. and Suzan E. Furney Scholarship
Established by Drs. Steven and Suzan Furney, this scholarship supports Junior or senior students pursuing a degree in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Both Class of 1975, Steven earned a degree in physical education and Suzan a degree in chemistry/biology. Steven is a professor at Texas State in the Department of Education and Suzan owns a dental practice in New Braunfels.
W.L. Gerner Endowed Scholarship
W.L. "Flip" Gerner believed that education isn't a career- it's a calling. As the father of two children and ten step-children, Flip was concerned about improving education. Because educators dedicate their entire professional lives to helping others fulfill their potential through learning, he wanted to support their efforts. Through a charitable remainder trust, Flip established an endowment to provide scholarships for undergraduate students preparing to become teachers.
Pictured here: The late W.L. "Flip" Gerner and his widow, Agnes
Glenn G. & Sharon L. Gibson Scholarship
Mary Ann and Gordon F. Gibson established this scholarship as a loving tribute to their two children, Glenn and Sharon Gibson. Sharon '86 graduated from the College of Education and Human Development with a certification in special education. She taught math and science for special education middle school students before attending law school. Glenn is a Special Olympics athlete, competing in volleyball, Bocce Ball, soccer and swimming. Glenn enjoyed visiting Sharon in Aggieland when she was an undergraduate student at Texas A&M.
Pictured here: Mary Ann, Glenn, Sharon and Gordon Gibson
Gary '81 and Tena Gray '79 Scholarship
A love of teaching began for both Gary and Tena at Texas A&M and their careers were spent teaching wonderful students in Caldwell and Rankin, Texas. This endowed scholarship was established to support and encourage students who graduated from a rural high school to earn a teacher certification and return to small schools to provide quality educational experiences for the students living in those areas. By supporting students in the teacher preparation program, Tena and Gary hope that Aggie values such as integrity, loyalty, leadership, selfless service and respect will spread to young people in rural Texas and beyond.
Goldie and Ruth Grube Scholarship
Betty and Tommy Thompson established the Goldie and Ruth Grube Scholarship in honor of her parents. This scholarship supports students seeking teacher certification in Special Education.
Mary Evelyn Dunn Hayes Endowed Scholarship in Education
Mary Evelyn Dunn Hayes established this Endowed Opportunity Award (EOA) with a gift from her estate. Through Mary Evelyn's generosity, this four-year scholarship provides support for highly motivated undergraduates with financial need.
Mildred Henninger & Mildred & Carl F. Henninger '49 EOA Scholarships
Initially established as a single scholarship by Carl F. Henninger '49 in memory of his late wife, Carl bequeathed additional funds from his estate to establish multiple scholarships in both of their names. These scholarships provide support for undergraduate students majoring in early childhood education or pre-Kindergarten from East Texas.
Houston Endowment, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Jesse and Mary Gibbs Jones understood that they would prosper only if their community thrived. From the time they married in 1920 until they established Houston Endowment, Inc., in 1937, the couple donated more than $1 million to help establish and develop institutions and organizations that would nurture Houston's people and encourage the city's growth. Over the years, Houston Endowment's assets have grown to approximately $1.4 billion, enabling the foundation to donate more than $70 million annually to help fulfill the Joneses' vision of a healthy, vibrant community. The Houston Endowment, Inc., provides undergraduate scholarships to students in the College of Education and Human Development who are committed to teaching in Harris County.
Dr. Diane Jackson Scholarship
Established through a bequest and the generosity of friends, this scholarship is in memory of Diane Jackson, an educator with 37 years of service to Texas schools. Diane earned her doctorate of education from Texas A&M University in 1987. She began her career as a home economics teacher in South San Antonio ISD, and after holding various teaching and administrative positions, retired as a policy administration and governmental liaison with Spring Branch ISD. Diane was a member of the Dean’s Development Council in the College of Education and Human Development.
Jean Putnam Johnson Scholarships
When Skip Johnson was a senior at Texas A&M University, he sold his senior boots so he could take his girlfriend to Ring Dance. Fifty-seven years later, Skip sold some corporate stocks so he could establish a scholarship in honor of this same girlfriend, to whom he has been married since 1943. Since the initial scholarship was established, the Johnsons funded two more Jean Putnam Johnson Scholarships, all of which support education students preparing to become teachers. The most recent scholarship brings their total to nine scholarships benefiting Texas A&M students. “We give to Texas A&M because education is so important to the future of our state and nation. The best place to be educated is Texas A&M, where good, honest, hard-working values are taught,” says Skip. Creating these named scholarships for Jean honors her career as an educator. Jean is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation English and Math/Science Scholarships
Carl B. and Florence E. King started the foundation that bears their names in 1966. Beginning with gifts from Florence and Carl, as well as a later bequest from their daughter Dorothy, the foundation has now grown to more than $50 million in assets and distributes approximately $2 million per year in direct grants and scholarships. The foundation provides scholarships for undergraduate students working toward teacher certification in English and math or science.
Lynette and Arno W. Krebs '37 Scholarship
This scholarship will support first generation students seeking teacher certification. It was established by Barbara and Arno Krebs, Jr. ’64 to honor his parents, Lynette and Arno Krebs, Sr. ’37 because of the importance placed on education in their family. They were the first in their families to attend high school; Lynette in Brenham and Arno, Sr. in Fayetteville, Texas. They lived on farms ten to fifteen miles from high school and because of the difficulty of traveling back and forth on a daily basis, both stayed with friends or relatives in town during the school week. The pursuit of education continued for Arno, Sr. at Texas A&M, where he graduated in 1937 with a degree in Agricultural Administration. He worked as a rancher and small town banker, but continued his involvement in education by serving on the local school board for more than twenty years, including many as president. Lynette served as a room mother for many years and they were both active in the PTA. “I really admired my parents for their dedication and hard work,” Arno, Jr. said. “They were good hearted people who made a positive impact on their family and community.” Arno is a member of the college’s Dean’s Development Council.
Mary Jo Lay and Billy G. Lay Endowed Scholarship; Billy G. and Mary Jo Lay Endowed Scholarship; Mary Jo and Billy G. Lay Global Study Scholarship
After retiring from long and fulfilling careers in the public schools of Texas and Texas A&M University, Mary Jo and Billy Lay developed a deep appreciation for the importance of quality education in the life of each individual. They believe that this process begins and culminates with dedicated, well-trained teachers that have had the opportunity to study in outstanding programs such as those offered at Texas A&M. Additionally, Mary Jo and Billy recognize that experiential learning through travel can expand a student’s perspective and better equip them to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse society. To that end, they have committed a portion of their resources to establish two endowed scholarships for undergraduates that will prepare future teachers to transform lives and encourage students to reach their full potential, and one Global Study Scholarship to support international student experiences. Mary Jo and Billy are members of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Frances Wright Leiper Scholarship
The Frances Wright Leiper Scholarship was established by Robert D. Leiper in honor of his mother, to support students pursuing Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade teacher certification. Frances, 87, completed her service to others in this world on Friday, September 14, 2012. Born Frances Ann Wright in Elgin Oregon on August 9, 1925, the only daughter to J. Y. and Mary Wright. She was raised in Ashdown, Arkansas where she attended Arkansas State Teachers College, graduating in 1945, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Houston. Serving others was Frances’ lifelong mission, from teaching elementary school for 20 years in HISD, to volunteering at the City of Bellaire Library, serving on the Bellaire Recycling Committee and working on voter registration. She retired from teaching in 1981 and enjoyed traveling to Elderhostels around the world. Her love of children and of teaching will live on forever through this scholarship. Frances also loved cats and always had several around, both permanent residents and neighborhood visitors who knew where to get some food and lots of petting. Her wardrobe was usually adorned with cats, either as a cat print or a cat pin. It would be serendipitous if the scholarship recipients like cats, too!
Mildred K. Leitz Scholarship
Established by Robert Leitz, III ‘69 in honor of his mother, Mildred, this scholarship supports undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade leading to teacher certifications.
Dr. Phillip Limbacher Endowed Scholarship
Established by Lt. Col. Louis C. Draper '42, this scholarship was named for Dr. Phillip Limbacher, an emeriti faculty from the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development. He joined the faculty in 1969 and held several leadership positions until his retirement in 1985. "We wish to acknowledge the fact that Dr. Limbacher temporarily held the acting president's position at Texas A&M until one could be named," wrote Lt. Col. Draper. Although both Dr. Limbacher and Lt. Col. Draper have passed away, this gift will serve as a reminder of their commitment to transforming lives through education.
Pictured here: Lt. Col. Louis C. Draper
Carolyn S. Lohman/Heep Endowed Graduate Fellowship
Carolyn and Tommie Lohman established the Carolyn S. Lohman/Heep Endowed Graduate Fellowship with matching funds from the Herman F. and Minnie Belle Heep Foundation. The fellowship was created to support the work of graduate students in program development and research to determine the impact of learning communities on undergraduate achievement, retention and graduation rates. Carolyn and Tommie have supported students, faculty and staff by funding several programs and projects throughout the college. Carolyn is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Pictured here: Carolyn and her late husband, Tommie
Geraldine Longbotham Bowers & R. Elisabeth Longbotham Scholarship
Dr. Jack H. Longbotham established this scholarship at Texas A&M University to honor his late sister Geraldine Longbotham Bowers and his wife Elisabeth Prude Longbotham. Geraldine was born on the Longbotham Ranch near Snyder, Texas in Scurry County and later resided in Midland, Texas. Geraldine was an avid reader, having taught herself to read at three years of age, using the McGuffy Reader. Elisabeth Prude Longbotham was born and raised at the historic Prude Ranch near Fort Davis, Texas. She lived there until beginning her college education at Sul Ross University. Elisabeth later earned her master’s degree from Texas A&M. Both ladies were always supportive of education, having been former teachers. Mrs. Bowers established a scholarship at Texas A&M in 2003 in honor of Dr. Jack Longbotham for teacher training for undergraduate educational studies. This scholarship will support students working towards teacher certification.
Pictured here: Elisabeth Longbotham
Jack H. Longbotham, Ph.D. '68 Endowed Scholarship
Geraldine Longbotham Bowers of Midland, Texas, established this scholarship in honor of her brother, Jack H. Longbotham. Jack had a 40-year career in education before retiring in 1995 as dean and professor at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. Jack taught in public schools for 10 years and in higher education for 30 years, two of which were at Texas A&M University.
Ben and Mildred Mahler FEA
The Ben and Mildred Mahler Foundation Excellence Award was established by their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Bill Ouren, to further their belief in the importance of a quality education. As parents of four Aggies, the Mahler’s support was the foundation that ensured success for each of their children. To be able to contribute financially through a dedicated scholarship in the Mahler’s honor, exemplifies Susan and Bill’s desire to continue to provide the same educational opportunities for future Aggie graduates. Although Mrs. and Mr. Mahler have passed away, this scholarship serves as a reminder of their love for their family and commitment to education. Susan and Bill are members of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Sue E. Mahoney '94 FEA
Sue and Patrick Mahoney established this scholarship to help increase diversity in undergraduate programs within the college. The Foundation Excellence Award program was created by the Texas A&M Foundation to better ensure that students from various ethnic, social and economic backgrounds have the opportunity to earn a college education. Sue and Patrick have been strong supporters of education, and are members of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Edna Earle and Joe B. Mattei '53 Math/Science and General Endowed Scholarships
Eddie and Joe Mattei '53 established two endowed scholarships in the College of Education and Human Development because they believe education is the key to improving society. Realizing that teachers may not have the resources to support their college studies as they would like, Eddie and Joe wanted to do what they could to make it easier for students pursuing degrees in education. Eddie and Joe said that they have been amply rewarded for their support through the friendships they developed with their student scholars over the years. Joe passed away on February 2, 2009. Eddie is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Sara May Special Education Scholarship
Aggie students majoring in special education played a major role in Sara’s life as her caregivers and friends. In recognition of this special bond, family and friends contributed to endow this scholarship supporting Texas A&M students who will devote their careers to assisting individuals with special needs. Specifically, this scholarship supports undergraduate students working on a degree in the Special Education Teacher Preparation Program and students pursuing certification in Special Education.
Andrea E. (Andi) McKenna '08 Memorial Scholarship in Special Education
Andrea E. (Andi) McKenna, class of 2008, was a special education major from Galveston at Texas A&M University who had a gift for working with special needs students. Andi was on her way to Camp Summit in Fort Worth on Sunday, May 27, 2007, when heavy rain caused the fatal accident that claimed her life. In honor of her life and dedication to assisting those with special needs, Andi’s parents, Sissy and John McKenna, classes of 1979 and 1978 respectively established this scholarship. “Andi was blessed to know early in her life that she had the ability to work with people and touch their lives. She spend countless hours and many summers at Camp Discovery and Camp Summit working with children and adults with special needs and physical disabilities,” Sissy said. “She was able to reach people that no one else could.”
Donald E. and Carol A. Meyer Scholarship & Donald E. and Carol A. Meyer FEA
Established by Donald and Carol Meyer, the Donald E. and Carol A. Meyer Scholarship supports students pursuing degrees and teacher certification in Special Education, and the Donald E. and Carol A. Meyer Foundation Excellence Award provides scholarships for undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development from historically disadvantaged groups often underrepresented in our student body, including minorities and those who face significant Morris or educational hurdles.
Dr. John E. Morris Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Deborah and Michael Griffin in honor of Deborah’s father, Dr. John Ellis Morris, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Dr. Morris, a professor of the College of Education and Human Development and a 1997 winner of the Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award, has dedicated his life to the ideal that excellent teachers are some of the most important influences for good in children’s lives. Deborah and Michael established this scholarship for Aggie Teachers with the hope that A&M students will continue Dr. Morris’ legacy of excellence and dedication to the teaching profession. This scholarship supports undergraduate or graduate students in the Teacher Preparation Program with grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
Steven and Karen Morris FEA
Karen and Steve Morris are helping Texas A&M University diversify its campus by establishing the Karen and Steve Morris Foundation Excellence Award for students in the college. They are very active in their church, have a passion for helping to support children's homes and are members of the 12th Man Champions Council. Karen is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Mike and Judy (Smith) Murray Scholarship
Mike and Judy Murray established this scholarship to benefit undergraduate students seeking a degree in the College of Education and Human Development leading to teacher certification.
Nancy and Brock Nelson '90 Scholarship
The initial scholarship was established by Nancy and Brock Nelson to support future teachers in the high need areas of math and science. As an engineering student from Nebraska, Brock received a scholarship that allowed him to attend Texas A&M University. “If I hadn’t received the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to become an Aggie,” Brock says. After Nancy passed away, Brock funded a second scholarship. These scholarships are helping future students to become Aggie teachers.
Pictured here: Brock Nelson, his late wife, Nancy and their children
Mary Frances and Mance Park Endowed Fellowship
Inspired by his father's 22 years of dedicated service as superintendent of Huntsville ISD, Mike Park established the Mary Frances and Mance Park Endowed Graduate Fellowship in the College of Education and Human Development to honor his parents. Mike is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Hannah Beth Ann Peterson '05 Memorial Scholarship
Hannah Beth Ann Peterson was 23 years old. She had a strong faith in God, she was witty, and she loved people. Her global vision led her to study in Poland, France and Italy and to teach English in a rural province in China. To help make the world a better place, Hannah and her fiancé, Ryan Thompson, were planning to become youth ministers when she finished her master's degree in education. On May 11,2007, as she was leaving her internship at Westwood High School in Palestine, Texas she was tragically killed in a car accident. This scholarship was established in loving memory by James R. McCain, James Edward Goeders, Randle and Joyce Peterson, J. Bart Peterson, Charles Ryan Thompson, Kimberly Nicole Leon and Kyle G. McKuhen. "It is our joy and privilege to be able to invest in a young man or woman who has values, goals and dreams similar to those our daughter had," said her mother, Joyce. "We would like for her legacy to continue, and this scholarship is one way we can support that."
Grace A. and Carroll W. Phillips '54 PES
Established by Grace and Carroll Phillips of Houston, this scholarship supports undergraduate students pursuing a degree that leads to a teaching certificate. Carroll is a retired vice chairman of Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. He and Grace are dedicated Aggies, who have supported the university through a number of gifts.
Elma Beinhorn Pielop Scholarship
Established by Missy and Paul Anderson, this scholarship was named in honor of Betty’s mother. The scholarship benefits students in the College of Education and Human Development who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the teacher preparation program and seeking teacher certifications.
Nancy Anne Powell '83 Memorial Scholarship
Nancy Anne Powell, Class of '83, was on her way to becoming a teacher until her life was cut short in 1981. In honor of her commitment to children and education, Don Hinton '90 established this endowed scholarship in her memory 25 years after her death. "Nancy was a wonderful person who loved children and wanted to become a teacher," Don said. "She never got that chance, and as the 25th anniversary of her death approached, I wanted to do something for her."
Tom and Joan Read Academic Endowment Scholarships / Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Lennon Scholarships
Established by Joan and Tom Read, these scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and academic standards. In 1951, Tom founded Thomas A. Read & Co., with $860 in capital. The company was one of 132 independent distributors of the Crawford Fitting Co., and was assigned the smallest territory of any of the world-wide distributors. Embracing the opportunity presented to him, Tom built his business to be the most successful based on sales volume. Believing that opportunity and hard work can change lives, Joan and Tom established numerous scholarships at Texas A&M University to support students. Tom and Joan Read also generously endowed scholarships in honor of the Lennons to help students attending camps at Texas A&M for gifted and talented children.
Pictured here: Joan Read and her late husband, Tom
The Nola Camp Reese, Odessa Ratcliff Canter and LaVada Reese Canter College of Education and Human Development Teacher Preparation Scholarship
Established by Joan and Allen Landry '50, this scholarship was named in recognition of three women who were among Joan's earliest teachers- her mother and grandmothers. "This scholarship is a way to acknowledge the impact that each of them had on our lives," Allen says. "We hope that students receiving this scholarship will one day help someone further their education."
Rick and Sue Rickman FEA
Established by Sue and Rick Rickman, this endowed Foundation Excellence Award (FEA) is helping to diversify Texas A&M University by supporting students from underrepresented groups. FEAs play an integral role in the recruitment of prospective students into the College of Education and Human Development. For many students, receiving a FEA is the primary reason that they are able to attend Texas A&M University. Rick is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Peggy Ritchey Scholarship
Established to provide undergraduate scholarships for the children or grandchildren of staff members working in the College of Education and Human Development, this scholarship was named in honor of Peggy J. Ritchey. Peggy retired from a 34-year career at Texas A&M University - 24 of those years as a member of the college's support staff. Peggy worked persistently to increase recognition of the contribution that support staff make to the overall success of the college and university. She was a charter member of Texas A&M University's Association for Professional Support Staff, and she helped to establish the college's Staff Advisory Council and Outstanding Staff Award. This scholarship was established through a lead gift from Dean C. Corrigan, former dean of the college who said "There is no more deserving person to honor with this endowment than Peggy Ritchey on her retirement from Texas A&M University."
William B. Roman Jr. '50 M.D. Endowed Scholarship
Established by Mary Evelyn Dunn Hayes in honor of her cousin, William B. Roman Jr., '50, this scholarship provides support for undergraduate students in the Department of Health and Kinesiology.
Laura Todd Romberg Memorial Math/Science Teacher Scholarship
At 14 years of age, Laura Romberg was a bright student who had an uncanny gift for mathematics and science. Laura first attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas but later transferred to Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in education. When Laura was tragically killed in a car accident, her parents, Suzy and Arnold Romberg, endowed the Laura Todd Romberg Memorial Math/Science Scholarship. Through Suzy and Arnold's generosity during a time of great sorrow, undergraduate education students are able to fulfill their dreams of becoming teachers.
Francis R. "Dick" Scobee Memorial Scholarship
This undergraduate scholarship was established in memory of the late NASA space-shuttle commander who had a deep interest in education and in Texas A&M University. Dick was spacecraft commander of the Challenger on January 28, 1986, when it exploded after launch. As a tribute to Dick and his commitment to education, this scholarship provides support for students who are seeking certification as a secondary math or physical science teacher or a student majoring in interdisciplinary studies with math or science as an area of specialization.
Wilda Smith Scott Endowed Scholarship
Betty and David Smith established this scholarship in the name of David's late sister, Wilda. This undergraduate scholarship supports students seeking certification as secondary teachers or those majoring in interdisciplinary studies.
Pictured here: David Smith and his late wife, Betty
Shaping the Future Endowed Scholarship
Lynda Brown was inspired to establish the Shaping the Future Scholarship after the dedication of the Shaping the Future Sculpture which stands in Education Plaza on the Texas A&M University campus. Lynda's two daughters and one son-in-law graduated from the college and are currently teaching. She wanted to help other students realize their dreams of becoming teachers by establishing this undergraduate scholarship. "It has been my privilege to see these students graduate and become teachers and make a difference in the world," Lynda said. "They are shaping the future of children through education." Lynda was a long-time member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council. She passed away on July 26, 2013.
Pictured: Lynda Brown with scholarship student, Nancy Kunkel. Lynda’s daughter, Karen was the model for the teacher in this sculpture.
Shaping the Future Brick Program Scholarship
In the spring of 2007, the first four $500 scholarships from this program were awarded to students in each of the college's four departments. Friends of the college, faculty, staff and students are making it possible for scholarships to be awarded by purchasing engraved bricks to be installed near the Shaping the Future Sculpture in Texas A&M University's Education Plaza.
Spencer Patton Squire Memorial Scholarship
Life is a circle. And circles come in different sizes. Although Spencer's circle was small, it was complete, whole and fulfilled. An avid athlete, six-year old Spencer excelled in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis and swimming. More than his love of sports was his love for his teammates and coaches. All who met Spencer knew his passion for the Boston Red Sox and Texas A&M athletics. In 2007, Spencer would have entered first grade with a zest for learning and academic success in preparation for a degree from Texas A&M University. His family established this scholarship in celebration of his life. The scholarship provides funding to an incoming freshman in the College of Education and Human Development.
Langston Terry-Ammon Underwood College of Education Endowed Scholarship Fund
Ammon Underwood was a Texas A&M graduate from the Class of 1907. He was proud to have been the youngest graduate in his class, and he held the Aggie Code of Honor dear to his heart. Langston Terry was a successful oil man who had great respect for Texas A&M. Although Langston did not have a college education, he had a deep desire to have his name associated with Texas A&M. When Langston passed away, Ammon endowed this scholarship for undergraduates in the College of Education and Human Development in both of their names.
Tom Haggai and Associates Foundation Scholarships
The idea that many hands make light work may have been the inspiration for Thomas Haggai when he established the Tom Haggai and Associates Foundation. Through the continued support of over 250 associates, the THA Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships, including several which have been awarded to nontraditional students in elementary education in the college preparing to become teachers.
Pictured here: Thomas Haggai
John and Helen Thompson FEA
Throughout their lives, Helen and John Thompson held teachers in high esteem. A good education being a top priority for them, they valued educators for the important service they provide to children and society. John and Helen were proud that their daughter, Ellen Thornton, chose education as a career. Believing that the College of Education and Human Development offers an outstanding program with a diverse faculty, staff and student body, Ellen and Rod Thornton established this scholarship in honor of Ellen's parents to assist a student in becoming a teacher. Ellen is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Drs. Fred D. and Nancy Thornberry Endowed Fellowship
Established by Drs. Fred and Nancy Thornberry and their daughters, Molly Thornberry Whisenant and Michelle Thornberry Bunch, this fellowship supports students working toward graduate degrees to further their careers as college professors in a teacher education program or as public school administrators. Fred and Nancy earned doctor of philosophy degrees from Texas A&M University in 1968 and 1978 respectively. During their more than 86 years of combined professional service, they exerted a positive influence on the lives of thousands of Texans. Believing that students who earn a college degree do much better in life and knowing that the cost of higher education is sometimes prohibitive, they funded this fellowship on the occasion of Nancy's retirement as an elementary school principal.
John E. Trott, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Cheryl Trott established this scholarship in memory of her husband, John, to support students pursuing undergraduate degrees in sport management. Born and raised in Yoakum, Texas, John was a teacher and coach after graduating from Texas A&M University. After investing 12 years in the classroom, he accepted a position with Hochheim Prairie Insurance Company as an assistant secretary-treasurer, and was eventually promoted to president and chief operating officer. John was a founding member of the Yoakum A&M Club’s scholarship committee and a long-time member of the Dean’s Development Council for the College of Education and Human Development. Through these affiliations and his community involvement, John encouraged high school students to attend college, he recruited young people into the teaching profession and was a sounding board for students considering their futures. Motivated by a passion for education and a commitment to Texas A&M and its core values, John transformed lives in his community, college and university.
JoAnn Nolen Walker '92 Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in loving memory of JoAnn Nolen Walker by family and friends in recognition of her service to others as a teacher. Having earned her master’s degree in adult education from Texas A&M, JoAnn taught for numerous faith-based organizations, she was active in the women’s jail ministry and she was a popular speaker at women’s conferences and workshops. JoAnn, a native Texan, married Robert Walker, her husband of 51 years, at All Faiths Chapel on the Texas A&M University Campus. Robert retired as senior executive for development for Texas A&M University in 2014. JoAnn’s scholarship will supports in the college who are seeking teacher certification.
Robert L. Walker/Heep Endowed Fellowship
This graduate fellowship was established by the Ed Rachal and the Herman F. and Minnie Belle Heep Foundations. Named in honor of Dr. Robert Walker, the fellowship provides funding for a graduate student with a research focus that benefits Texas A&M University's Children, Youth and Families Strategic Initiative. Robert, vice president for development at Texas A&M University and faculty member in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Development, earned his bachelor's degree in marketing and doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M.
Pictured here: Robert L. Walker and Ed Rachal
Gary W. "Buddy" Williams FEA
Buddy Williams established this scholarship out of gratitude for the individuals who made it possible for him to have a better life. "Included would be those who gave so that I could have a football scholarship at Texas A&M," Buddy said. As a coach, athletic director and math teacher, Buddy believes that the need for teachers and coaches who can make a difference in the lives of students now and in the future is critical. "My contribution to attracting the kind of people that we need in those positions is this scholarship. Perhaps it will allow some of those kinds of people the opportunity for teacher certification in mathematics or science ... someone who would otherwise may not have been given the opportunity!"
Diane and Bob Winter '45 FEA
Diane and Bob Winter established this award to support undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development. Foundation Excellence Awards were established by the Texas A&M Foundation in support of students from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. For some students, receiving a Foundation Excellence Award is the determining factor in whether or not they are able to attend college. Bob is a member of the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Development Council.
Diane S. Winter Scholarship
In loving memory of his wife of 56 years, Bob Winter '45 established the Diane S. Winter Scholarship in the College of Education and Human Development. Diane, a native Texan, was committed to advancing the educational needs of young people and previously endowed two scholarships at Texas A&M University. The Diane S. Winter Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate education student working toward certification in math or science.
Polly Dawson Zachry Endowed Scholarship
H.B. Zachry, Sr., had a keen interest in public and higher education, and he served as president of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. When he married Polly Dawson, a former assistant to the headmaster and college admissions counselor at St. Mary's Hall in San Antonio, she became very interested in the College of Education and Human Development. Polly enjoyed meeting scholarship students supported through the family's foundation and learning about Texas A&M's academic excellence. When Polly died, the Zachry family established this undergraduate scholarship in recognition of her interest in education and Texas A&M.