Borger couple endows scholarship through church after death

BORGER – Most endowed scholarship dedications at Wayland Baptist University take place at the college, where the Wayland family can acknowledge the gift. The most recent dedication, however, happened in a place that was the second home for the donors.

The Clarence and Mildred Moore Endowed Scholarship was officially dedicated Sunday at First Baptist Church in Borger, the home church for the couple who both died in 2005. Since the $100,000 gift was made through the church, Wayland officials felt it was appropriate to dedicate the endowment in a place near and dear to the couple.

“This was such a warm church family that had nurtured this couple over the years,” said Hope English, director of development. “They may have had no children, but the number of students who will be impacted because of their generosity is unbelievable. Because of the heart they had, their name will live on at Wayland.”

Natives of Henrietta, Texas, Clarence and Mildred Moore were longtime members of First Baptist Church. After his service in World War II, the couple moved to Borger for Clarence’s job at the Phillips Petroleum Company in the Borger refinery.

Clarence served as a deacon at the church, known for his servant’s heart and willingness to help people in need. He was especially active in visiting the sick and shut-ins. A homemaker, Mildred was also an active church member, and both were active supporters of missions and Baptist institutions.

With no children as heirs, the couple opted to leave a legacy by having their estate liquidated into scholarships so others could benefit from the experience of Christian education. The scholarship to Wayland will benefit a FBC Borger student attending Wayland for their education.

Endowed scholarships are created with a gift of any amount, with donations invested through the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Once the fund reaches $25,000, it is fully endowed, and interest is pulled annually to provide scholarships for students. Additional donations may be added to the corpus, creating more interest and greater scholarships, and that endowment amount is never removed.

For more information on endowed scholarships at Wayland, contact English at 291-3430.