Family dedicates scholarship to Wayland honoring parents

March 23, 2010  

PLAINVIEW – The Ott family gathered at Wayland Baptist University on Monday, March 22, to dedicate a scholarship in the name of their parents.

The Angus and Vera Ott Endowed Scholarship honors two longtime Plainview friends and supporters of Wayland. The scholarship was started by family at Christmas 2008, and memorial gifts at Vera’s unexpected death of Vera in October 2009 helped the fund reach endowment level quickly.

Vera graduated from Wayland in 1968, fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming a first-grade teacher. According to family, she found great joy in the career that her Wayland degree provided her. Angus Ott, a retired hospital administrator, joined Vera in her love and commitment to Wayland.

As the couple embarked on their retirement years, they became enthusiastic volunteers in various aspects of the community. They had a special fondness for the hospital auxiliary, the Hale County Historical Commission and the Museum of the Llano Estacado, where Angus continues to volunteer each week. 

For many years, Angus and Vera have been avid supporters of the cultural arts in the community. They have been faithful members of First Baptist Church in Plainview.  The couple has four children – Hope English, Gary Ott, Sandra Simoneau, and Marsha Wilson – as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. English is the Director of Development at Wayland.

The scholarship is intended to benefit a non-traditional student studying for an education degree toward a teaching career, mirroring Vera’s own life story of attending WBU as a young mother in her 30s. The family wishes to inspire others who return for their education later in life to pursue those dreams and go on to touch young lives in the teaching profession.