Terrell scholarship to benefit non-traditional students

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University officials and special guests gathered Saturday to dedicate the newly endowed Dr. Benita Lou “Corky” Terrell Endowed Scholarship.
Joined by her husband, Donald Lee, and several of their children and grandchildren, Corky was recognized for her contributions to Wayland’s School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, where she taught sociology.

"Today is about legacies and blessing,” said Wayland Director of Development Hope English. “Endowed scholarships are forever gifts. Long after everyone in this room is Dr. Terrell and Dr. Armes gone to glory, there will still be young ladies receiving the Dr. Benita Lou “Corky” Terrell endowed scholarship.”

The Terrell scholarship has been designated to benefit non-traditional female students at Wayland. Terrell explained the desire to help non-traditional women came to her after a conversation with one of her students. Dr. Terrell said the student asked if she could turn a paper in late, saying it was written and ready, but her husband had thrown out her computer the day before and she could not access. Terrell said this student exhibited signs of abuse with bruising on her face and she felt the loss of the computer was a result of an argument.

“I knew standing there in that hallway that someday I would stand here,” Terrell said.
Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dr. Estelle Owens thanked Terrell for her generosity, and Rachel Laue, a non-traditional history major from Great Falls, Mont., gave a student response in which she described her journey toward a degree that would not have happened without scholarships and the generosity of donors.

“I recognize first-hand how important this scholarship is going to be for so many people,” Laue said. “Since I have been at Wayland, I have met many women who do not fall into the traditional age range. Some, like me, are trying to create a life for themselves. Some are single mothers looking for a way to support their families. Some are career driven women following their life’s calling. But they all have one thing in common ‑‑ they are all in search of a better life. Now, thanks to your generosity, many of them will have a chance for just that.”

Scholarships become fully endowed when the principle reaches $25,000. From that point, interests from the account is awarded to students based on the scholarship. For more information on endowed scholarships, contact English at 806-291-3430.