McMurry University Announces New $450,000 Scholarship for Rural Students

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, April 20, 2015 10:23 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Thanks to the generosity of a West Texas rancher, 30 students living in rural West Texas will have a better opportunity than ever to attend McMurry University. This scholarship combined with additional financial aid, including $10,000 each freshman receives who qualifies for enrollment at McMurry, makes McMurry an ideal choice for students choosing to get their university education while still staying close to their West Texas roots.

The funding from this gift will provide ten students from the classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 a $5,000 scholarship per year for three years. McMurry will provide the final year of scholarship for those who remain eligible the first three years. The scholarship focuses on students from 1A or 2A high schools geographically located west of Ft. Worth.

“Given its geographic location, its low student teacher ratio and its commitment to a rigorous and highly personalized educational experience, McMurry is an ideal fit for students who come from smaller, more rural communities,” said Debra Hulse, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

An example of one of these students is Roger Ward ’67, who came to McMurry from Seagraves, Texas, and earned a degree in physics. Ward is nationally acclaimed for his research and holds over 15 patents. He retired in 1999 from his position as president and CEO of Quartzdyne, a leader in the design and manufacturing of quartz pressure transducers, hybrid transducer electronics and other related accessories for oil and gas drilling.

Ward is only one of the many alumni from rural areas to graduate from McMurry and go on to successful careers. With the addition of this new scholarship, many more students from rural areas will have the opportunity to succeed in their chosen fields.

For more information on the scholarship, please contact the McMurry University Admission Department at 325-793-4700 or visit

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