PLAINVIEW – Five endowed scholarships were dedicated during Homecoming 2006 festivities at Wayland Baptist University, held Feb. 23-26 on the Plainview campus.
The plaques represent families and alumni whose belief in Christian education caused them to endow a scholarship to benefit students in coming generations. Those include Virginia Palmer-Simpson, Charles and Evelyn Aiken, Cecil and Wanda Roenfeldt and the Class of 1954. One plaque honors Harley and Wilda Hutcherson Redin, a couple who have contributed greatly to the heritage and athletic legacy of Wayland.
A native of Haskell County, Palmer-Simpson attended Tarleton State University and the University of Houston. She worked in the oil and chemical industries, retiring from a major oil company after 29 years. She then worked in banking after returning to Haskell. She is the widow of Emmett Palmer, who died in 1995, and Lawrence Simpson, who died in 2004. She is active in First Baptist Church and in community affairs.
Desiring that Colorado students have the opportunity to acquire a college education in a Southern Baptist school, Charles and Evelyn Aiken established an endowed scholarship for Wayland students who are members of Southern Baptist churches in Colorado.
Residents of Fort Worth, Cecil and Wanda Roenfeldt established their scholarship to benefit students pursuing the role of pastor or minister of education. After attending high school in Pampa, the couple married in 1950. Both attended Wayland and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1968 in Irving, Cecil spent many years in education ministry at various churches in Texas and in Florida.
The Class of 1954 established their legacy scholarship at their 50th reunion at homecoming in 2004, wanting to help students attend Wayland and have the rich, life-changing experience they did. Class members and their families and friends have donated to the scholarship fund.
The Redin Scholarship was established to honor the contributions of the pair, who have been longtime supporters and mentors to the Flying Queens basketball program. Funds for the scholarship were provided by former Queens, the Redin and Hutcherson families and friends. Redin coached the Queens from 1955-73, compiling a 431-66 record which included a 131-game win streak, six national AAU titles and six runner-up titles. He was a pioneer in coaching international teams and coached the USA World Championship team in 1964. Redin contributed significantly to rule changes in the game of women’s basketball, including the five-player, full-court game, the 30-second shot clock and the unlimited dribble. He has been inducted into five halls of fame.
Endowed scholarships are formed when donated funds reach $25,000, at which time the interest from invested funds are pulled annually for student scholarships. The principal, or corpus, of the endowment is left untouched, ensuring that the fund provides scholarships into perpetuity. For information on endowed scholarship gifts, contact Martha Cross, director of development, at (806) 291-3427.