New endowed scholarships dedicated at area churches

Two new endowed scholarships were dedicated recently at area churches with the goal of providing for the education of students. The Don and Holly Guthrie Endowed Scholarship was dedicated at First Baptist Church in San Antonio, honoring its pastor and wife, and the Clara Gladden Endowed Scholarship was dedicated recently at First Baptist Church in Dimmitt.

The Guthrie scholarship was established by friends and church members to honor their pastor and wife for their service and support for Wayland Baptist University, specifically to its San Antonio campus. Don Guthrie has been pastor at FBC San Antonio since 1996, and he shares with wife Holly and love for God’s Word and a conviction of their call to ministry.

“They have served the people of San Antonio with a deep sense of privilege,” the plaque marking the scholarship reads. During their years at FBC, the church has experienced strong growth and many Baptisms of new believers.

Holly is a graduate of Ball State University and worked as a legal secretary in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. A graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Don was awarded an honorary doctorate by Wayland in February 2006. The couple married in 1985 and have two sons, Andrew and Alex.

“Don and Holly have been great friends and strong supporters of Wayland and they feel honored to be a part of the education of the next generation of leaders for Christ’s kingdom,” the plaque reads.

Clara Gladden was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Dimmitt, having moved to Castro County in 1929 as a young bride. Born in Oklahoma in 1903, Clara followed the example of her father, C.A. Youts, of Shawnee, Okla., in his love for education and the training of ministerial students.

The memorial scholarship was established at her death as a gift through her church, with her wishes that it fund scholarships and missions work. The church wished to honor Gladden and her commitment to Christian education and missions.

The scholarship is designated for a Hispanic ministerial student with an emphasis on pastoral or youth ministry who is an active member of a Baptist church and is at least a sophomore.

Scholarships are created with any amount of donation and they reach full endowment at $25,000. From the initial donation, the money is invested with the Baptist Foundation of Texas, and once endowment is reached, the interest is pulled off annually to provide scholarships. The main body of the fund is never touched, so the scholarship leaves a legacy and dividend for many generations.