WBU dedicates Zaphryn scholarship, honors Davis

April 13, 2012

PLAINVIEW -- In a special ceremony Thursday evening, Wayland Baptist University dedicated the Zaphryn Memorial Scholarship and awarded Dr. Michael Davis with the Keeper of the Flame Award for his contributions to the university.

Endowed in memory of the late Zaphryn Green, the Zaphryn Memorial Scholarship will benefit students in the School of Languages and Literature. Zaphryn Green graduated from Wayland in 1973 and married Jim Green in 1981. She worked at retail businesses around Plainview for many years before finally realizing her dream of owning her own store. Zaphryn’s Beautiful Things opened in October 2005. She operated the store for three years before passing away on October 15, 2008.

“I was a great customer of Zaphryn’s,” said Wayland Director of Development Hope English. “My most beautiful and favorite things in my house came from Zaphryn’s.”

English shared with the group the wording on the commemorative plaque that reads in part: “Zaphryn left a legacy of beautiful things that is all about the people she touched and the lives that she changed just by being Zaphryn. She was a ‘people person,’ always giving her time, talent or whatever was needed to help her family and friends.”

As principal donor to the Zaphryn Scholarship, Dr. Davis was recognized for his many contributions to the university. Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes presented Davis with the Keeper of the Flame award, signifying more than $100,000 in donations to the school. Along with the Zaphryn scholarship, Davis has been a major contributor to scholarships honoring Dr. Estelle Owens, the Davis Memorial Scholarship in memory of his mother and brother, and the Dr. David and Marie Jester scholarship.

“Tonight is about Zaphryn,” Davis said. “Every life leaves a legacy. My memories of Zaphryn are part of her legacy, a legacy that we all share because we know the joy that she brought to the world around her.”

Davis said his final memory of Zaphryn came when she thanked him for sending flowers for her father-in-law’s funeral and making a memorial donation in his name. Included in her email was a joke. Davis received the email at 6 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2008, just hours before Zaphryn died.

“I’ll always remember that last contact,” he said. “One of the last things she did, she did for me, thanking me and making me laugh.”

A 1987 graduate of Wayland, Davis, lives in Las Vegas, Nev. He has shown his commitment to education through his donations to his alma mater. As a student, Davis said more than 90 percent of his tuition was paid through scholarship assistance. His desire is to perpetuate the process that enabled him to attain his educational goals by helping other students pay for their education.

For more information on giving to the Zaphryn Memorial Scholarship or honoring someone with a scholarship in their name, please contact Wayland’s Office of Development at 806-291-3430.