BU President Announces $100 Million Scholarship Initiative

Baylor President Kenneth Starr (File photo)

WACO (September 15, 2010)—Two days before his official inauguration as Baylor University’s 14th president, Kenneth Starr Wednesday announced an ambitious effort to raise $100 million for endowed scholarships.

The campaign, called “How Extraordinary the Stories: The President’s Scholarship Initiative” is the first fundraiser announced by Starr and focuses on building a scholarship program that will help the school recruit top students and talented student athletes.

Although more than 80 percent of Baylor’s students receive some form of student aid, education costs are rising and families are struggling to come up with the money to pay tuition.

The three-year initiative announced Wednesday is a first step in addressing need within the school’s student body, Baylor said.

The priorities of the scholarship initiative are endowed scholarships for students who can’t otherwise afford to attend Baylor, scholarships for exceptional students, athletic scholarships and scholarships to support students who study broad or take mission trips specific to a particular academic discipline.

Baylor University Website

Scholarship Initiative Steering Committee
(Source: Baylor University)

Richard (BBA ’81, MBA ‘82) and Karen (BBA ’85) Willis, Colleyville, TX Co-Chairs
Joe (BBA ’83, MBA ’84) and Kelly (BBA ’84) Armes, Dallas, TX
Babs Baugh (’64), San Antonio, TX
Bob and Laura Beauchamp, Houston, TX
John (BBA ’81) and Meredith (BBA ’82) Bentley, Scottsdale, AZ
Sadie Jo Black (BS ’50), Waco, TX
Marsha (BA ’70) and Danny (BBA ’69) Bowlin, Dallas, TX
Ed (BBA ’73) and Denise Crenshaw, Lakeland, FL
Kate Dimmitt (BBA ’56), Temple, TX
Ted (BBA ’49, JD ’51) and Sue (BA ’50) Getterman, Waco, TX
David (BBA ’78, JD ’81) and Karyn (’80) Hill, Henderson, TX
Anita Jones (BA ’61), Dallas, TX
Hope (MBA ’97) and Kevin Koch, Temple, TX
Fred and Nancy (BA ’62) Logan, Waco, TX
Drayton McLane (BBA ’58), Temple, TX
Bill (BBA ’78, MBA ’79) and Tanya Mearse, Houston, TX
Mark (BA ’63) and Linda (BA ’63) Murdock, Lubbock, TX
Robert (BBA ’93) and Robin (BBA ’93) Nitsche, Giddings, TX
Bob and Joyce (BA ’52, MSEd ’62) Packard, Waco, TX
Jamie (BBA ’57) and Carol Parker, Marble Falls, TX
Brian Pennington (BS ’84), Greenwich, CT
Russ and Betty Pilcher, Highlands Ranch, CO
Jeff (BBA ’84) and Cindy (BBA ’85) Reeter, Houston, TX
Harold (BBA ’51) and Dottie Riley, Austin, TX
Bill (BBA ’52, LLB ’54) and Mary Jo Robbins, Houston, TX
Clifton (BBA ’63) and Betsy (BA ’71) Robinson, Waco, TX
Randy (BBA ’76) and Stacy (BBA ’76) Sharp, Amarillo, TX
Joe (BBA ’48) and Joan Spivey, Waco, TX
Phil (BA ’73, JD ’76) and Cheryl Stewart, La Jolla, CA
Kirk and Carol Townsend, Houston, TX
Bill (BBA ’75, MBA ’77) and Eva (BSEd ’75) Williams, Dallas, TX
Ron (BA ’71) and Betty (BA ’72) Wilson, Waco, TX

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