Silverthorne Scholarship will Benefit Fine Arts

September 5, 2017

Four people standing, holding a scholarship plaque.
Jordan and Kristen Silverthorne and Jean Silverthorne gather with Dr. Bobby Hall, Wayland president, to celebrate the dedication of the new Jean and Craig Silverthorne Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship on Friday at Plainview Country Club.

PLAINVIEW – The Silverthorne family gathered Friday to dedicate a new scholarship at Wayland Baptist University that will benefit generations of students in the fine arts area. The Jean and Craig Silverthorne Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship was established this spring with generous gifts from the Silverthornes.

Craig Silverthorne is a Plainview High graduate and earned his finance degree from Texas Christian University. Jean McLemore Silverthorne also graduated from Plainview High, then earned her degree in business from Wayland. Craig also served in the U.S. Army and was a farmer, ranches, real estate and mortgage loan broker. Jean has managed Silverthorne Investments since 2012.

The couple has been active in community service for many years. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Plainview. Craig was active in the Plainview Board of Realtors, Kiwanis, Plainview Downtown Association and the Britain Society at TCU. Jean is active in the Plainview Symphony Board, PTA, Hale County Literacy Council, PEO, DAR, Colonial Dames XVII Century and Great Books. Both served with Boy Scout Troop 253.

The Silverthornes have one son, Jordan, and a daughter-in-law, Kristen, who live in Seattle. The entire family has been patrons of the arts for many years, and travels often included visits to galleries, theatres and museums. Scholarships from this endowment will benefit students studying visual art, graphic art, theatre and communication.

Jean and Craig note they are grateful for parents who instilled a strong work ethic, and they believe it is both a privilege and an obligation to give back to deserving students who wish to study fine arts in a Christian environment and to pay forward God’s blessings.

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