What Baylor means to you

March 22, 2012

After graduating from Baylor last year, former student body president Michael Wright, BBA '11, wanted to do something special to recognize members of his student government cabinet. Rather than purchase a typical gift like cufflinks or a gift card, Wright gave gifts in their honor to The President's Scholarship Initiative.

"As a recent grad, I have given to Baylor because it changed my life," said Wright, now an account executive with Travelers Insurance. "Now that I am in the workplace, it has become even more apparent to me how important my education was at Baylor. Baylor was a place where I grew spiritually, academically, and as a young leader. No matter the dollar amount, it is important to give something -- even one dollar -- because of what Baylor means to you."

Launched in 2010 by Baylor President Ken Starr, The President's Scholarship Initiative is a direct response to feedback from students and families struggling to meet the burdens of the growing cost of a college education.

"During my tenure in student government, polling showed that the cost of a Baylor education was the number one concern for students," said Wright. "While the cost of higher education across the nation continues to rise, it is imperative that Baylor continue to provide an affordable education."

Early conversations about the need to raise scholarship efforts included not only Starr and other administrators, but students like Wright as well as parents and Baylor graduates.

"We have been moved by the number of people from all walks of life who have made commitments to The President's Scholarship Initiative and demonstrated a true heart for Baylor's students," said Richard Willis, BBA '81, MBA '82. Richard and his wife, Karen, BBA '85, are co-chairs of the Initiative and ardent Baylor supporters.

"Judge Ken and Alice Starr have inspired countless alumni and friends through their sincere concern and dedication to making a Baylor education more affordable," said Richard Willis.

So far, the Initiative has raised $44.5 million in endowed scholarship funds for Baylor students. However, the call from Judge Starr and the members of the Initiative Steering Committee is clear. Baylor's future depends on the generosity of alumni and friends today.

Every gift counts; you can join in and make a difference for Baylor students today and tomorrow. Visit baylor.edu/extraordinarystories or contact Bill Dube, Director, Endowed Scholarship Program, at (254) 710-8601 or William_Dube@baylor.edu.