Families Dedicate Endowed Scholarship Plaques

PLAINVIEW – Two area families gathered for the dedication of newly established endowed scholarship plaques at Wayland Baptist University during Saturday’s Alumni Luncheon in conjunction with weekend homecoming festivities.

The Black family of Hereford dedicated the Greg Black Memorial Endowed Scholarship, while the Hutcherson and Redin families of Plainview dedicated the Mike Hutcherson Family Endowed Scholarship.

Greg Black was born in Groom and moved to Hereford with his family in 1964. After graduating from high school, he attended West Texas State University, graduating in 1976. He returned to Hereford and was area development manager for Deaf Smith Rural Electric at the time of his death at age 30.

He was active in his community and civic activities and the First Baptist Church. He was survived by wife Debbie, son Eric and daughter, Erin, as well as a brother Carey Black and a sister, Tonja Horrell. His family noted his sense of humor and dedication to achievement as he contributed to the lives of others. The scholarship was endowed in his honor to provide funds for students in need.

The Mike Hutcherson Family scholarship was established to honor Mike and Suzy Hutcherson, longtime friends and supporters of the Wayland Flying Queens. Mike’s longtime relationship with WBU began at age seven through his parents’ association with the Queens, and he later attended Wayland, graduating in 1966. He shared his family’s commitment to the university by continuing to provide air transportation for the Queens after his father’s death in 1977. The entire Hutcherson family leaves a legacy of sponsorship and support for the Queens program and the university.

Endowed scholarships are created with donations of any amount and are invested through the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Upon reaching $25,000, the fund is then fully endowed and the interest is drawn each year to provide scholarships for students. The corpus of the account is never drawn and remains intact into perpetuity, creating a lasting legacy for donors and recipients well into the future.

For more information on endowed scholarships, contact the Office of Advancement at (806) 291-3425.