Baylor University Recognizes The Callaway Foundation

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First row (L to R): Bill Dube, director of the endowed scholarship program at Baylor; Dr. Terry Maness, dean of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business; Dr. Hope Koch, assistant professor of information systems at Baylor; Kevin Koch, chief financial officer for McLane Co.; Marilyn White, Yoe High School; and Tommy Hooker, principal of Yoe High School.
Second row (L to R): David Hardage, director of development for Baylor's Truett Seminary; Cody Knowlton, executive director of development at Baylor; and Robin Humphrey, counselor at Yoe High School.
Top row: (far right) Randy Sapp, teacher at Yoe High School.
March 14, 2008

Contact: Bill Dube, director of Baylor's Endowed Scholarship Program, (254) 710-2561

The J.L. and Bonnelle Callaway Endowed Scholars Fund at Baylor University is just one way that the Callaway Foundation is making dreams come true for C.H. Yoe High School students.

The late J.L. and Bonnelle Callaway used their life savings to form the Callaway Foundation, envisioning a better future. To celebrate the Callaways and the establishment of the Callaway Endowed Scholars Fund, Baylor invited a select group of C.H. Yoe High School students and the foundation's administrators, Kevin and Hope Koch (1988 Yoe High School graduate), to tour Baylor earlier this spring.

"The first thing we did as a part of running the Foundation was create the scholarship at Baylor," said Dr. Hope Koch, assistant professor of information systems at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. "The Foundation established the scholarship fund for students in the Hankamer School of Business because we wanted to create top-flight professionals, but we also wanted to create professionals who developed spiritually and lead balanced lives. And we knew that Baylor could provide the resources to develop those types of people."

The Callaways admired the Hankamer School of Business's integrity-based curriculum, which mirrored their own principles. An executive for McLane Co. Inc., in Temple, Texas, for more than 57 years, J.L. was the inspirational leader who helped the company become the leading convenience store and restaurant distributor in the United States.

The Callaway Foundation awards college scholarships to every Yoe High School student who applies. Students begin earning scholarship money their freshman year in high school. Based on their contributions to the school and to the community, they can earn from $750 to a full scholarship to the school of their choice. The Callaway scholarship at Baylor provides full tuition to a student enrolled in the Hankamer School of Business. By urging students to work hard to earn scholarships, the Foundation fulfills its mission of creating better people, a better school and a better community.

"This scholarship has completely changed my outlook and what I can do with my life," said Steven Bradley, a senior accounting major from Cameron and current recipient of the Callaway scholarship at Baylor. "I hope in the future I'll be in the position to give back."

The spring celebration included a luncheon and appreciation remarks from Bradley, as well as from Dr. Terry Maness, dean of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. In addition, the Callaway Foundation was presented with an Endowed Scholarship Society bronze recognition plaque.

"When you talk about the salt of the earth, that is J.L. and Bonnelle Callaway," said Kevin Koch, chief financial officer for McLane Co. "They wanted to touch the lives of young people in Cameron, Texas, and to be able to touch what will amount to thousands and thousands of young people over the term of this Foundation."

For more information about the J.L. and Bonnelle Callaway Endowed Scholars Fund at Baylor University, contact Bill Dube, director of Baylor's Endowed Scholarship Program, at (254) 710-2561 or William_Dube@baylor.edu. To learn more about the Callaway Foundation at C.H. Yoe High School, visit www.cameronisd.net

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