Sarah Elizabeth Wayland Housley Medical, Math and Science Scholarship

A dream was fashioned in the heart of a young doctor after moving to the plains of Texas with
his young wife. That dream, born of a need and love for education, materialized in the form of
Wayland College.


On March 13, 1902, a lovely baby girl, the 7th of the union between Sarah Frances Tucker and
Dr. James Henry Wayland, was born. This special child was named Sarah Elizabeth Wayland,
and her family called her "Pet."


When Sarah reached the age of 5, she attended the first class at Wayland. As a young girl, she
attended CIA, later called Texas State College for Women, in Denton, Texas. There tragedy
struck as seven girls skated around the campus and stopped at a basement rail to have their
picture taken. That railing gave way and all were injured; Sarah with both ankles broken. She
was sent home where it was feared she would never walk again. However, through her great
faith in God, a family devoted to Him and one another, an untiring mother and extra care given
by a devoted servant, Sarah walked.


On August 4, 1924, Sarah married Robert Andrew "Drew" Housley, a young veteran of World
War I from Strawn, Texas. He had come to Plainview as consignee for The Texas Company. A
daughter, Betty Sue, was born in 1930, and a son, Robert Henry /'Jep" followed in 1939.


In June 1941, the family moved to Silver City, New Mexico, where Drew was a consigned for
He passed in march 1964.


Wayland Baptist University was very much a part of Sarah's life. Due to Drew's long illness
and Sarah's personal bout with cancer, her hope of establishing a scholarship at Wayland did
not materialize until after her death in 1984. At that time, the Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Wayland Memorial Endowed Scholarship, in memory of their daughter Sarah Elizabeth, was established
by her children, Betty Sue Boone and Jep Housley. Established in memory of the Wayland
family in order to aid deserving students, this scholarship commemorates Sarah Elizabeth
Wayland Housley's spiritual vitality and joy for life.


Betty Sue, her daughter, is married to Ralph A. Boone, a school bus contractor for the Gadsden
District in New Mexico, a family corporation which is now in its third generation. Jep, her son,
married Carol M. Simmons of Troup, Texas. The Housley family boasts four generations of
employment as Texaco Distributors. Their family business began in Strawn, Texas in 1911, and
has prospered in Silver City since 1941.


In 1996, this scholarship was renamed the Sarah Elizabeth Wayland Housley Medical, Math
and Science Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund.

No family has meant more to Wayland Baptist University than that of Dr. J. H. Wayland. Their
continued support for scholarship assistance and capital improvements greatly assist in the ongoing development of the University. Many pre-medical students, math and science students
and others have benefited from this scholarship and the J. H. Wayland Math and Science
Endowed Scholarship subsequently established in 1989.

The scholarship will be administered in accordance with the following conditions:
1. All recipients shall be full-time students.
2. Order of Preference:
First : Direct descendent of Sarah Elizabeth Wayland Housley's family.
Second: Other descendents of the Dr. J. H. Wayland family
Third: Students studying a pre-medicine curriculum
Fourth: A ministerial student

Contribution Information

All donations to the Dr. L.C. Newton Wayland Endowed Scholarship fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  If your employer has a fund-matching program for charitable donations, please take advantage of that program if applicable. 

Please mail contributions to:

Wayland Baptist University

Development Office

1900 W 7th St CMB 1295

Plainview, TX  79072-9984

You may also contact Dr. William Hahn for more information regarding contributions to this scholarship fund.