Wayland dedicates Crownover Scholarship at luncheon

November 12, 2014

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University held its annual donor luncheon Tuesday afternoon, honoring those who have given to endowed scholarships, and recognizing the Crownover family of Sunray, dedicating an endowed scholarship in the name of Johnny and Adam Crownover.

Farmers in the Texas panhandle, Johnny Crownover died in 2006 in an automobile accident. In 2009, Johnny’s widow, Katy, and her sons Adam and Justin and their wives, Rebecca and Stephanie began a new family business, Lone Star Family Farms. Adam, however, was killed later that year in an ATV accident.

An avid sports lover, Adam was a state champion wrestler and a school record holder in football. To honor the family legacy, the Crownovers have endowed the Johnny and Adam Crownover Endowed Scholarship to benefit Wayland’s wrestling and football programs.

The Crownover family was in attendance at the dedication luncheon and heard from Wayland students who benefit from endowed scholarships.

Cody Thomas, a member of the Pioneer basketball program and a President’s Ambassador from Houston, spoke on behalf of the student body, giving a personal testimonial on how scholarships have enabled him to pursue an education.

“You have donated so much for a kid like me to get an education,” Thomas said. “You are giving me the opportunity to make my family proud.”

Jeffrey Vera, of Plainview, spoke on behalf of non-traditional students. He said his college journey began when he graduated high school and enrolled at Angelo State University. His college experience was short-lived, however, as he quit to pursue a career. Fifteen years late, he said endowed scholarships are helping him to finish what he started so long ago.

“God placed me here,” Vera said. “I didn’t know why and I didn’t know where I was going. But I’m going to finish what I started 15 years ago.

“Education is an investment in students’ lives and that is what you have done today.”

Scholarship accounts at Wayland can be started with a minimum donation of $2,500. The scholarship becomes fully endowed when the principle reaches $25,000. Once endowed, the interest earned is awarded to students based on criteria set forth in the scholarship description. For more information on endowed scholarships, contact the Offices of Advancement at 806-291- 3430.