Trustees help dedicate new scholarships plaques

PLAINVIEW – Two members of the Board of Trustees at Wayland Baptist University presented endowed scholarships created for the university at the board’s meeting on Thursday.

The dedication of the scholarship plaques was held during the board luncheon on the Wayland campus, with board members and spouses, WBU administrators and staff present.

Terri Jesko, who has served on the board for several years, and her husband Joe dedicated the Joe and Terri (Brown) Jesko Endowed Scholarship. The Jeskos graduated from Wayland in 1968, each with a profound sense of gratitude for the university’s influence on their lives. The couple now lives in Arlington, where Terri is retired from a career in education and Joe does consulting in the counseling field.

“Having received financial assistance which enabled each of them to attend the university, Joe and Terri are grateful for the privilege of now helping others experience Wayland through this scholarship,” the plaque reads. “Their desire is that each recipient will benefit academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually… just as they did by attending Wayland.”

C.C. Kelly, a member of the board from White Deer, dedicated the Shirley Evans Kelly Endowed Scholarship in memory of his late wife. Shirley was born in Canadian in October 1928 and was a lifelong resident of the Texas Panhandle, primarily in White Deer. She was a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she was president of the Royal Academia National Honor Society and state president of the Home Economics Student Association.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Kelly served at First Baptist Church as the leader and director of the Girls’ Auxiliary, as a member of the Woman’s Missionary Union for Baptist women and as a Vacation Bible School teacher. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society for educators, and the Venada Blanco Study Club.

“She touched all who knew her through her kindness, generosity, caring spirit and her extraordinary baking skills,” the plaque notes.

The scholarships are two of more than 15 that have been dedicated within the year, representing an increase in scholarship giving. Scholarships are formed by gifts from donors and their families and friends, and they become endowed after gifts reach $25,000. Funds are invested with the Baptist Foundation of Texas, and interest is pulled off each year to create scholarships for students in need. For more information on endowed scholarships, contact Martha Cross at (806) 291-3427.