Scholarship Fund to Honor Baylor Vice President

Dec. 10, 1996

The Paul J. Meyer Family Foundation has established a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund in honor of Dr. J. Clifton Williams, vice president for human resources and planning at Baylor University.

Earnings from this endowment will be used for scholarships for ministry students enrolled in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The scholarships are designed to assist financially disadvantaged ministry students and/or ministry students who have difficulty coping with short-term emergency financial problems.

" I am, of course, deeply honored that Paul would give this scholarship in my name to Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary," Williams said. "It is one of many substantial gifts he has made to Baylor. For these we are all appreciative. The earnings from this endowment will continue into the indefinite future to benefit needy ministry students."

Meyer, a Central Texas civic leader, is the founder of Success Motivation Institute. He also founded the Passport To Success Foundation in 1988, which is a non-profit civic foundation that promotes the theme that any significant progress in solving the basic problems of society must originate in the private sector.

"Over the past 35 years, through good and bad times for both of us Paul Meyer and I have been close friends," Williams said. "In the early 1970s, when for many months I was supposed to be dying of cancer, Paul was an incomparable source of strength and encouragement. Because of his influence, I had no choice but to think optimistically about my condition and my future. Given what we know about the impact thinking can have on our immune systems, I am certain that many prayers were answered through the hope his encouragement made possible."

Williams first joined the Baylor faculty in 1954. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Baylor and holds a master of personal services degree from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology from Purdue University. He was appointed vice president for human resources and planning in fall 1995. He served previously as professor of management in the Hankamer School of Business and in other administrative positions.

For more information, contact Williams at 755-3554 or Baylor's Office of Development at


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