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Release date:October 27, 2006

Three couples dedicate plaques for endowed scholarships

PLAINVIEW – Three area couples celebrated the dedication of their endowed scholarship plaques at Wayland Baptist University during the Board of Trustees dinner on Oct. 26.

              Leon and Dorothy Foote of Seminole dedicated a scholarship in their name to assist students at Wayland, recognizing the value of college education and in appreciation for their own knowledge gained over the years. The couple said they had been impressed by recent Wayland graduates who have joined their church and taken leadership roles and wanted to support similar students earning a Christian education.

              The Footes have deep roots in Wayland and have several family members who have attended the university. One of those was an uncle, Herman Coe, who hitchhiked to Plainview from Loop in order to attend Wayland around 1923.

              Lee and Nita Parks of Midland endowed the Juanita Clepper Parks Women’s Athletic Scholarship Fund. Mrs. Parks played for the Flying Queens from 1949-51 and was named All American in 1951. She worked as a substitute teacher for many years.

              Mr. Parks worked for Henry Engineering and with Fasken Oil and Ranch for 25 years before retiring. The couple has four sons and 12 grandchildren, and they count it a privilege “to be a part of Wayland’s excellent stewardship in Christian education.”

              Clinton and Gerry Kennedy endowed a scholarship in memory of his brother, Edwin Lee Kennedy, who was severely mentally and physically handicapped and died at the age of 15. The scholarship is designated with concern and compassion to support students with physical or mental challenges to enable them to further their education and lead more productive lives.

              Mr. Kennedy, a native of Lamesa and 40-year employee of the Farmers Home Administration, and Mrs. Kennedy, a native of Crosbyton, were faithful members of First Baptist Church in Muleshoe, then First Baptist Church in Plainview and sang in the choir at both churches. He served as a deacon and coordinated the nursing home and homebound ministries in Plainview for many years and was active in Faith in Sharing House community food bank. The Kennedys have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

              Scholarships are created with gifts from donors and reach endowment stage once the fund totals $25,000. Funds are invested with the Baptist Foundation of Texas and interest is used annually to provide scholarships for students in need. Scholarship funds have no limit to how large the corpus can be and donors may continue contributing to the fund once endowment is reached.

              For more information on endowed scholarships, contact the office of advancement at (806) 291-3425.