Our Donors

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Gary W Kibler & Loretta Horn Kibler Endowment

Gary W. Kibler, worked in the savings and loan industry for thirty years. He was an officer and appraiser with several banking certifications. Gary loved being a father to two daughters and grandfather to five grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time on the family...

Gary W. McCollum Endowment for Undergraduate Students

Gary W. McCollum Endowment for Undergraduate Students

Gary McCollum received two degrees from East Texas State University; a Bachelor of Science in 1962 and Master of Science in 1963. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force where he served as a research and development project officer at...

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Glenna & Steve Siebenhausen

Glenna Wade Siebenhausen, was born in 1934, to Annie Mae Combs and Garnett W. Wade of the pioneer Wade family of Quinlan, Texas, her great grandfather being Henry W. Wade, a representative at the Texas State constitutional Convention of 1875. Her maternal...

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Grady and Adena Tice Endowment

Grady and Adena Tice met at East Texas State Teachers College and were married for 54 wonderful years. Both Grady and Adena were life-long educators- while Grady taught at ETSU as chairman of the Department of Education, Adena taught in a number of school districts...

Harry & Rheba Icenhower

Harry & Rheba Icenhower

Together, Harry and Rheba have more than 50 years of service to Texas A&M University-Commerce. They have served on committees, traveled across the country with the football team and served in leadership roles-and that’s just their involvement since graduation. For...

H.M. and Rachel Lafferty

H.M. and Rachel Lafferty

The late H.M. “Jim” and late Rachel Treadway Lafferty met at East Texas State Teachers College and spent the rest of their lives giving back to the university. Jim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ET, earning his master’s in 1934. He then headed to...

Hoyle & Ann Oglesby Julian

Hoyle & Ann Oglesby Julian

Mike Oglesby and Ann (Oglesby) Julian’s father was a carpenter with a fourth-grade education. Their mother had only a year of college. Determined their children would receive the education they did not, Mike and Ann’s parents moved their family from Arkansas to...

Jai and Susan Nagarkatti Endowment

Jai and Susan Nagarkatti Endowment

Jai Nagarkatti’s commitment to education was honored by the Texas State Board of Education with the Hero of Children Award for his dedication to education, and the Sam Walton Business Leader Award. He served on the Texas A&M University-Commerce Foundation Board, and...

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James Betterton & Laci Strickland Betterton Memorial Endowment

On January 9, 2011, two Texas A&M University–Commerce alumni, James and Laci Betterton, died tragically in an auto accident during the snow and ice storms. The newlyweds were recent graduates of the Music Education program and were teachers for Garland ISD. In honor...

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James Clyde & Patsie Swain Caperton Legacy Scholarship Endowment

Patsie Jean Swain was born in 1929 on her maternal grandparents’ farm outside of Commerce, Texas. She grew up in Van, Texas. She attended Texas A&M Commerce when it was known as East Texas State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary...

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(James (“Jim”) P. Talbot)

An all conference middle linebacker for Texas A&M University – Commerce 1972 National Small Colleges Championship Team, Talbot, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree, entered the insurance business in 1975. After experiencing a short stint as a professional...

Janis & Steve Sullivan

Janis & Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan, class of 1969, is a prominent former newspaper publishing executive who retired from his position as vice president of newspaper operations at The E.W. Scripps Company after a 34-year career in the industry. Sullivan was hired from A&M-Commerce to...

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Jason Bone

Jennifer Collins Huie was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), a rare but deadly form of cancer, while attending nursing school at only 33 years old. This was the same disease that took her mother’s life when Jen was only eight years old. Through IBC, an...

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Jill & Virginia Bardwell Endowment:

Dr. Jill Bardwell joined the faculty in 1973, having been the recipient of the first Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education awarded in Texas. She rose to the rank of full Professor and Graduate Faculty member within six years. Dr. Bardwell served on numerous doctoral...

Joe B. Hinton

Joe B. Hinton

Despite his mother’s best efforts, Joe Hinton became an international businessman. “My mother was always looking for ways to get me to move back home and work in Texas,” Joe said. “When I worked in New York, she’d call to tell me about jobs I should apply for in...

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Joseph Owens

This scholarship is in honor and memory of Joe’s uncle, William A. Owens. Bill Owens graduated from the college now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce. He managed to enter the college without even attending high school. He was an orphan, raised by his mother...

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Meyer Music Scholarship

Allan and Dawn Meyer of Spring, TX have established this scholarship due to the stellar experience their daughter encountered during the time leading up to and throughout her freshman year at A&M-Commerce. Out of gratitude for the kindness, professionalism, and...

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Mr. Mike Gallagher

We set up this endowment several years ago and have been funding it as well as we can, but also know that our hopes will never be realized unless we can obtain outside funding that would go into the corpus of the endowment. Our motivation is purely personal. We have...

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Ms. Mary Lou Cimarolli

This annual scholarship award is given in memory of Katie and Tice Gammill, Hopkins County farm parents of two daughters, both graduates of this university, who love reading and writing above all else.

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Namseoul Global Bridge Builders Scholarship

Namseoul University is located at the center of Korea. It is situated near the West Coast that offers a view of the beautiful sea and great festivals, Chungnam that has the gift of nature, Buyeo and Gongju that are full of tradition and culture, as well as Seoul, the...

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Nelda Alderman Carter

Married George O Carter in 1958 and worked at what was then Security State Bank now Inwood Bank in Commerce. After the birth of two sons, she began her career in education in the Commerce public schools in 1966 and remained with the district in various positions...

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Nila McQuary

This scholarship was established in 1988 and represents a means to continue the legacy started by Dr. John P. McQuary. Dr. McQuary began his employment at A&M-Commerce in September of 1956 as the assistant professor and director of student personnel. He then became...

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Paul Rountree

I went to ETSC in 1962…had little money but was able to borrow the 85 dollars for tuition…I graduated in 1965 with a BS in Chemistry/Biology and a third major in English…then went to medical school in Galveston (UTMB) and trained after graduation in Pediatrics,...

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Ray Price Texas Culture Endowment

Before Ray Price became a household name in country music, he wanted to be a veterinarian. Higher education was something he had always aspired to; two generations of his family had already received college degrees, many from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He planned...

Robert S. Clements Memorial Endowment

Robert S. Clements Memorial Endowment

For Yvonne Clements and her late husband Robert, the friendships forged at Texas A&M University-Commerce were for a lifetime. The couple met on a blind date while both were students at “Old ET,” and more than 50 years later they maintained strong ties to the...

Ruth Ann White

Ruth Ann White

Ruth Ann White Day was organized to recognize and honor Dr. Ruth Ann White for her contributions to the profession of student affairs. Dr. White is a retired professor from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. White has served as a teacher, lecturer, and has held...

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Sandra Doyle

I started at East Texas State University in the fall of 1969. When I arrived on campus I signed up for rush and pledged Alpha Phi Sorority. Life as a freshman was so exciting and I will never forget living in the sorority house and all the wonderful campus...

Tejas Club/Sig Ep Endowment

Tejas Club/Sig Ep Endowment

In 1946, the Tejas Club was formed by sixteen World War II veterans and three students. The club quickly developed as a positive influence on campus and shaped the lives, attitudes and the way the members viewed friendship. The Tejas Club later became Sigma Phi...

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Thomas & Opal Atkisson

Thomas & Opal Atkisson were born and raised near Lone Oak. Opal attended East Texas State Teachers College, which is now Texas A&M University – Commerce. She obtained her first job as a teacher at age 16 with a local school district. She taught several years in...

Trezzie & Peggy Pressley Endowment

Trezzie & Peggy Pressley Endowment