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The Baylor Impact
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VorpahlsInvesting in the Future:
The Vorpahls Give Thanks by Helping Students

By Amanda Keys

"I’m not in law because of lawyers," George Vorpahl (BBA ’72, JD ’75) declared. "I’m in law because of teachers."

From high school political science teachers to Baylor Law professor Matt Dawson’s Practice Court, teachers prepared the foundation for George’s career. Likewise, Nancy Vorpahl (BA ’73) treasures memories of her high school drama teacher and Baylor SOE professor Betty Ruth Baker’s mentorship.

A shiny, red apple — the traditional teacher’s gift — didn’t seem to be thanks enough for those who shaped their lives. The Vorpahls wanted to do more, to fully express their appreciation and to assist others who dreamed of becoming teachers. The result: George and Nancy established the Price-Vorpahl Endowed Academic Scholarship and designated it for students in Baylor’s School of Education.

"One of my first kindergarten students wrote me a thank you letter when she was close to graduating from high school," Nancy smiled. "Teachers invest in each child’s life, and that’s going to have a ripple effect for years to come."

The Vorpahls’ support stretches farther with the matching gift program from George’s employer, Temple-Inland, and has provided the perfect opportunity to honor their parents — Leon (BA ’43) and Ardis (BA ’45) Vorpahl and Harold H. Price and Mary Elizabeth Price David — and their commitment to education.

Nancy noted, "You can see that love for education in each one of our scholarship recipients."

Start a ripple effect by investing in future Baylor educators. If you would like information about existing endowed scholarship funds you can support or want to learn how you can establish a new fund at Baylor’s School of Education, please contact Carole Menefee using the information below.

In This Issue

•  Welcome
•  In the First Person: Colleen Eddy, EdD, 2005
•  Research: Seeking to Assist Children with Autism
•  New Faculty Join SOE Departments
•  Investing in the Future

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