Joanne bowers Endowed Scholarship for chemical education

Background and Historical Information

Joanne BowersDuring a career that has spanned over 50 years, Mrs. Joanne Bowers has been involved in chemical education in several capacities.  She taught high school chemistry for 40 years, with 37 of those in the Plainview Independent School District.  With her associate’s degree from Paris Junior College, bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Sam Houston State University, and her master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Sciences from Wayland Baptist University, Mrs. Bowers brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom.  Mrs. Bowers was the recipient of numerous awards for her work in the classroom and teaching laboratory, including the Pan American Oil Company Science Teacher of the Year Award, the Westinghouse Teacher Award three times, and the South Plains Section of the American Chemical Society Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award a total of four times.  In addition to her excellence in the classroom, Mrs. Bowers was actively involved in the promotion of laboratory safety and in service to many state and local teachers’ organizations.

Mrs. Bowers was also actively involved with the training of teachers.  She was a mentor teacher for many years and taught 23 separate science education courses for teachers as a member of the graduate faculty at Wayland Baptist University.  Many of the laboratory experiments that she developed are still in use in high school chemistry laboratories around the state and the nation.

In honor of her many years of dedicated and excellent service in the teaching of chemistry, her friends, family, colleagues, and former students dedicate the Joanne Bowers Chemical Education Endowed Scholarship at Wayland Baptist University. 


Scholarship Administration

  • The recipient(s) of the Joanne Bowers Scholarship is to be a declared chemistry and physical science education double major.

  • The recipient(s) of the Joanne Bowers Scholarship must continue to make good progress towards the degree in order to remain eligible for scholarship funds in subsequent years.

  • The expressed purpose of the Joanne Bowers Scholarship is to aid in the development of excellent high school chemistry teachers.  The recipient(s) of the Joanne Bowers Scholarship will be chosen each year by the chemistry faculty based on the student’s expressed interest and ability to become an excellent high school chemistry teacher.

  • In the event that no recipient qualifies according to the 3 criteria above, the faculty of the School of Mathematics and Sciences may designate a student preparing for a career as a high school biology or mathematics teacher to receive this scholarship.

  • If no recipient qualifies for the above 4 criteria, the faculty of the School of Mathematics and Sciences may designate a student majoring in mathematics or science to receive this scholarship.


Contribution Information

All donations to the Joanne Bowers Endowed Scholarship fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  If your employer has a fund-matching program for charitable donations, please take advantage of that program if applicable.  Please mail contributions to:

Wayland Baptist University

Development Office

1900 W 7th St CMB 1295

Plainview, TX  79072-9984

You may also contact Dr. William Hahn for more information regarding contributions to this scholarship fund.