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Alton & Louise Biggs

Alton Biggs graduated with a B.S. in Broadfield Natural Sciences in 1974 and a M.S. in Biology in 1979. Louise Biggs attended the University in 1971-72, graduating with a B.F.A. in Art in 1977 from the University of North Texas. Alton spent more than 30 years...

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Annette Murphy Taggart

The Harold Murphy counseling scholarship is named for my father, a long-time member of the Department of Student Personnel and Guidance at East Texas State University. Murphy started his career at ETSU (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) in 1951 as Director of the...

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Atmos Energy Scholarship

Atmos Energy supports education at Texas A&M University-Commerce through an endowment established in the fall of 2007. Sandra Doyle, former Director of Public Affairs at Atmos Energy, helped initiate the funds as a board member of the university’s Foundation. “It’s...

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Bill, Gloria, and James Aslan

Bill and Gloria Aslan’s association with A&M-Commerce began when Bill accepted a position as an assistant professor of mathematics. Arriving from Ft. Worth, in the summer of 1967, they felt their stay in Commerce would be brief. That all changed when Bill became...

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Billy “Bo” Dickinson Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established by Billy Dickinson’s mother, Tammy Klein. When she established the fund, so provided this brief explanation of why it was important to her: “My son was 6’ 2” blonde and blue eyed young man, who weighed 230 lbs. His dimples would win...

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Brian and Barbara Cullen

Dr. Brian D. Cullen was born in Bronx, New York and graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic School in 1958. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1962, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Electrophysics from The...

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Buddie & Debby Barnes

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Chapman & Dr. Ruth Ann White Scholarship Endowment

Dr Ruth Ann White was a noted counselor, educator, and leader at East Texas State University (ETSU) for many years. She is directly responsible for countless students successfully gaining their degrees. Les Chapman graduated ETSU in 1978 and went on to serve 21+...

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Charles & Sharon Huffman Smith

Sharon attended East Texas State University in 1966-67 for one year….then received her Bachelors in Management from Texas Wesleyan College after many years of attending evening classes while working at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth and raising a family as a single...

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Chuck & Donna Holt

The Ruth Tuttle Garber Memorial Scholarship is presented to honor the contributions of longtime educator Ruth Hodges Tuttle Garber. During her lifetime, Ruth witnessed the transition from horse-drawn buggy to the Space Shuttle. Born in 1899 in rural Illinois, Ruth...

Congressman Ralph Hall Lifetime Achievement Endowment

Congressman Ralph Hall Lifetime Achievement Endowment

Dan & Linda Farell Endowment

Dan & Linda Farell Endowment

H. Dan Farell is the former Chief Financial Officer and operational head of TXU Corporation business units in both the United States and Australia and continues as a trusted advisor to individuals and to community, educational and civic organizations. During his...

Danny & Janet Duncan

Danny & Janet Duncan

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Devin Oliver & Aubree Butts Memorial Scholarships

Devin Oliver and Aubree Butts were two extraordinary young women who touched the lives of many, including us at Texas A&M University -Commerce, and left this world far too early. The 1525 Legacy Dinner was inspired by the impact that these young ladies had on...

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Dr. Bill Ogden

William Russell “Bill” Ogden was born November 20, 1937 in Niagara Falls, New York to Russell William Ogden and Florence Elizabeth Walker Ogden. He married Nancy Lee Harvey on April 22, 1970, in Galena, Illinois. Bill earned Bachelor of Science and a Master of...

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Dr. Caroline Adams Vornberg

Dr. Caroline Adams Vornberg spent her first 16 years in Dallas attending DISD schools. Her family relocated to Louisiana, where she graduated from high school and earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern State University. She began her...

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Dr. Carolyn Kneese

Carolyn Calvin Kneese was born in Austin, spent many years in Dallas and now resides in Houston. Inspired by her mother’s decades of teaching on four continents, she became a lifelong educator, with a bachelor of arts from University of Texas, a master of arts from...

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Dr. Don Reid Honorary Scholarship

Donald J Reid was born in Whitney, Texas in 1938. He moved to California with his family and graduated from Whittier High School in 1955. He went to California State Polytechnic College, Pomona and graduated in 1959 with a major in General Crops Production. Don...

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Dr. Harry Fullwood

My name is Harry Fullwood, I am a 1968 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Ph.D. in Mental Retardation and other areas of special needs. I taught school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for two years and at the end of the second year applied for a fellowship from...

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Dr. Jimmy D. and Sherroll A. Shirley Endowment

Dr. Shirley is currently employed at Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics, Jimmy D. Shirley works as a Systems Engineer on the Joint Strike Fighter program. Previous to his time at Lockheed-Martin, Shirley served as Assistant Vice President and Manager of White Sands...

Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks Endowment

Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks Endowment

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks joined the faculty in 2001. He has been involved in higher education and counselor education for 17 years. Dr. Hendricks’s background is in student affairs in higher education, including assistant director of a student center, director of...

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Dr. Richard Tuerk

Richard Tuerk came to East Texas State University in 1972 as an associate professor in the Department of Literature and Languages. He taught American literature and children’s literature. He became a full professor. In January 2009, he retired from Texas A&M...

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Dr. Rosie M. Collins Sorrells

Dr. Sorrells is an advocate for children, families and public school education. Whether she is working to ensure that children receive the quality of education they need and deserve or encouraging others to get involved in the mission to support public school...

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Drs. Leonard & Linda Merrell

The Merrell Family Scholarship was established in 2015 at Texas A&M University-Commerce to honor the legacy of W.T. and Adaline Merrell, who stressed the importance of a continuing education and raised two Texas public school educators. Linda Thomas Merrell and...

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Dwight & Pamala York

Dwight and Pamala York arrived on the campus of East Texas State University in 1973 as newlyweds. Pamala worked for the University while Dwight attended classes full time. He worked through the University work study program and worked as many other jobs in the...

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Earl & Lu Anne Bourland

Earl Bourland (BS 1973) served as President of the Rodeo Club before graduating from ETSU with a degree in Agri-Business. Earl is a strong supporter of all activities of the Rodeo Team and the Ag Department. After graduation Earl was employed by International...

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Earl Oldham, Sr.

Mr. Oldham earned his MEd at East Texas State University and attended school in the summer sessions of 1955-1959. His B.S. Degree was from ETBC and his MEd from ETSU allowed Mr. Oldham to have a forty year career in education as a sixth grade teacher, an elementary...

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Ferrell/Freeman Music Endowment

Margaret’s association with the university goes back as far as she can remember, when her father would take her to every sporting event the Lions ever…put a paw into. Never was there any talk about where she would go to college. As far as her family was concerned,...

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Gary & Beckey Thompson

Dr. Gary Thompson attended Texas A&M University majoring in Animal Science. Following his Bachelor’s Degree, he enrolled in the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine completing his studies in 1980. He began his 35-year career in Dallas moving to Hunt County in 1984 where...

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Gary Casey

E. J. Casey Jr. was born to tenant farmers in Ridgeway TX, 1912, 3rd child out of 6. He graduated from HS in either Emblem or Oakland TX, Hopkins County [not sure which]. He attended East Texas and received a certificate [I was surprised to find this document in...