Family dedicates scholarship to beloved teacher

May 5, 2015

 

PLAINVIEW – Decades after it was started, the family and friends of Helen Barnhart Reese gathered on Saturday to dedicate an endowed scholarship in her memory at Wayland Baptist University.

In a small luncheon ceremony, Reese’s widower, Dr. Harold Reese, Emeritus Professor of Biological and Earth Sciences at Wayland, and his family remembered the woman who touched many students as a fourth-grade teacher at Hillcrest elementary in Plainview. Through the scholarship, Helen has been impacting many future school students by helping future teachers studying at Wayland.

:” Dr. Harold Reese (center) and his children, Dr. Hal Reese of Decatur (left) and Sheryl Reese of Santa Fe, show off the shadow box marking the scholarship in their wife and mother’s memory. Dr. Claude Lusk, vice president for enrollment management, represented WBU administration at the dedication ceremony.A native of O’Donnell, Mrs. Reese graduated from Ralls High School. She received her teaching degree from Wayland Baptist College in 1949 as a member of the first four-year graduation class. Her love for educating children led her to teaching positions in Cotton Center, Plainview and Corvallis, Ore.  Mrs. Reese was a respected educator who held offices in local and state professional organizations. She loved her Lord and her church and served them faithfully, believing that, “Love conquers all.”

Mrs. Reese died in a car/train accident in 1980, and family and friends established a scholarship at that time that has been awarded annually to education majors. Recently, her family contributed the remainder necessary to bring the scholarship to full official endowment and a dedicatory plaque was unveiled at Saturday’s ceremony that will be hung in the McClung Center.

Former teaching colleagues gathered at the ceremony to share stories from those years, and Mrs. Logan Askins, an education major and this year’s recipient of the scholarship, was on hand to share words of thanks for the impactful gift.

Scholarships are fully endowed when funds contributed reach $25,000 through contributions and interest earned though investment. After a scholarship reaches endowment, interest is pulled annually to provide scholarship dollars for students in various academic areas, leaving the main corpus intact forever. Last year alone some $880,000 in scholarships were distributed to Wayland students from endowed funds, making a significant impact on students seeking their college degrees.

For more information on scholarships, contact Hope English, Director of Donor Relations, at (806) 291-3430.