Families dedicate endowed memorial scholarship, start new ones

Release Date: February 25, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Several families have recently donated funds to Wayland Baptist University to be used for student scholarships, all in memory or in honor of loved ones.

The family and friends of Donna Sarchet, a former associate professor of business at WBU who died in July 2005, gathered at Saturday’s homecoming luncheon to celebrate her life and dedicate a plaque marking the Donna Sarchet Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Her husband Kerry accepted for the family, and both Kerry and Donna’s mother, Mary Lou Haygood, received shadow boxes from the university to commemorate the scholarship.

Mrs. Sarchet first came to Wayland in 1983 as Assistant Professor of Business Administration and was later promoted to Associate Professor of Business Administration. In 1991, she earned her license as a Certified Public Accountant.

According to her family, Sarchet’s 22 years of service at WBU was a labor of love and professional commitment. In 2004, Donna was honored by the Association of Former Students with the Distinguished Service Award.

The family created the scholarship in Sarchet’s memory to honor her “high standards of classroom teaching, her dedication to student achievement, and her commitment to Wayland Baptist University’s mission. Her love for students and desire to assist in their education will live on through the proceeds generated by this scholarship,” the plaque reads.

The family of Mauriene Smithson Matthews, a former Flying Queen who was a member of the WBU Athletic Hall of Honor, also established an endowed scholarship in her memory. Matthews, a native of Dimmitt, died in Plainview at age 74 in June 2007. She taught school in Plainview for 33 years before retiring in 1995.

The family of Dr. Gerald Thompson has created an endowed scholarship in his honor to mark his pending retirement in May. Thompson has been a science professor at Wayland since 1967, seeing many changes in WBU along the way.

Endowed scholarships are created with gifts of any amount and invested through the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Once the fund reaches a total of $25,000, it becomes fully endowed, and the interest is then pulled each year to create scholarship gifts for students in need at Wayland. Scholarships may be directed to a specific major or division or for general need.

Donations to any of these and other endowed scholarships may be made by contacting the WBU Office of Advancement at (806) 291-3425. Donations may also be made online via credit card at https://give.wbu.edu. Note the scholarship fund to which you are donating in the memo area.