Couple leaves legacy of blessing to ministry students

PLAINVIEW – A family with longtime ties to farming and ranching in West Texas and Oklahoma recently established a scholarship to bless students preparing for the pastoral and music ministry at Wayland Baptist University. The Vern and Rosemary Hankins Endowed Scholarship was dedicated by their grandchildren in a brief ceremony held on the Plainview campus on Saturday, July 16.

“Vern and Rosemary spent their lives supporting the work of God’s kingdom in every church they attended in every town they lived, so it’s no surprise that they would want to continue that support after their deaths,” said Teresa Young, Director of Annual Fund at Wayland, during the dedication. “Through this scholarship, Wayland students will be blessed for generations to come and will themselves impact the kingdom, thereby multiplying Vern and Rosie’s impact and generosity. That’s pretty powerful to imagine.”

A small number of family attended the dedication and said they wanted their grandparents’ estate to continue the work they held so dear during their full lifetimes. Rosemary died June 9, 2013, and Vern died Aug. 12, 2015. In addition to the scholarship, the Hankins family made a contribution to the current IMPACT 2020 capital campaign for infrastructure needs and blessed Wayland’s Baptist Student Ministries with a generous donation to be used for on-campus ministry to students and off-campus missions projects.

Vern and Rosemary Hankins married August 6, 1949, in Quanah. The couple moved around the country as Vern worked on power lines bringing them to Wellton, Ariz., where he worked for an irrigation district. Wise stewardship led them to invest in land for farming as well as real estate. The couple moved in 1984 to Vigo Park outside Tulia to farm, then purchased land in Comanche, Okla., in 1997, to establish another farm and a ranch. They had three sons and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

According to family, “Rosie” loved people, was a great cook, crocheter, and a lover of games, while “Jiggie” is remembered for his hard work and love for family and friends. Both were noted for their love for the Lord and desire to make Him known. Vern had a passion for leaving things better than he found them, primarily the land he worked. They were also passionate about furthering the Great Commission, serving in many capacities in various churches they attended and supporting Wayland ministerial students for many years.

At the dedication, the Hankins grandchildren encouraged others to follow the example of their grandparents by using their resources for kingdom work both while they are living and after they have passed.

Endowed scholarships at Wayland are created with a $25,000 gift (payable at one time or in installments), then annual interest is pulled to make scholarship gifts for students in need, with the main corpus of the account remaining intact. The fund is then able to award gifts annually into perpetuity.

For more information on endowed scholarships, contact Amber McCloud, director of development, at (806) 291-3430.