For many Academy students, the importance of financial aid
cannot be overstated. By providing deserving students with the funds they
need to attend the Academy, our donors are sharing the gift of a lifetime.
It is a gift that opens the doors to academic and spiritual discovery ...
to deepened knowledge and self-esteem ... to greater dreams and the courage
to follow them ... and to a treasure of memories that will last forever.
Endowed Scholarships or an annual commitment to financial aid support continue
to be some of the most significant ways to influence the lives of students. By
establishing an Endowed Scholarship at the Academy, a donor can provide ongoing
benefits for the student receiving the financial assistance while keeping the core
endowment principal intact to fund future years of assistance. An Endowed
Scholarship truly is a gift that can touch a students life today, tomorrow, and
in years to come.
Many donors choose to memorialize or pay tribute to a friend or loved one
through the establishment of an Endowed Scholarship. At San Marcos Academy a
scholarship fund is considered to be fully endowed when it reaches $25,000. It
is at this point that the fund can begin to provide assistance to a student from
the interest generated. You may fund an endowment with the Academy through a
one-time gift of $25,000 or over a period of 5 years with an initial gift of
$5,000, with the understanding that it will not become a named endowment until
the balance reaches $25,000.
Endowed funds may be funded with a tax-deductible, charitable contribution of cash or securities.
Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage their employees to make charitable
contributions. Matching gifts are a great vehicle for donors to maximize the impact of their
gifts to Endowed Scholarship funds. Corporate matching programs will vary, so if you are
interested in the availability of this program, you should check directly with your employer.
For each Endowed Scholarship fund, the Academy will preserve the fund as a permanent fund;
invest and manage the fund; and use the distributed earnings as designated by the gift agreement
and based on the Academys endowment earnings distribution policy. Donors will also receive a
personal letter and photo from the recipient of their endowed earnings and are encouraged to visit
the Academy to meet the student personally.
At San Marcos Academy, we want every young person who is seeking a Christian, college preparatory
education from SMA to have the opportunity to attend our school. But a first-class, private education
comes at a cost. Currently, the tuition and fees for a day student are about $11,000 per year; for a
boarding student, the cost increases to $34,000 per year. An Endowed Scholarship Fund of $25,000 will
generate anywhere from $1,000 to $1500 in assistance for a deserving student. As the balance of an
endowed fund grows, the more it will generate. At the $200,000 level, an Endowed Scholarship Fund will
produce enough interest to assist several students with smaller amounts of aid or to cover the tuition
at SMA for one day student.
The more our Endowed Scholarship Funds increase, the more students we are able to help. We never want to
turn down a young person whose dream is to attend San Marcos Academy; and with endowed scholarship and/or
annual financial aid gifts from generous donors like you, we will never have to.
Alumni Association Scholarship for Excellence in Academic Leadership -
An endowed scholarship given in honor of Jeannette Tippit Caldwell, Class of 25,
by her son, Clifton Caldwell, Class of 50, friends and alumni. Preference will
be given to a child or grandchild of an Academy alumnus, based on
excellence in academics, character and leadership.
An endowed scholarship given by Mr. Billy C. Belcher,
Class of 1973.
Brittian Dudley Bell, Jr., Memorial Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship
given in memory of Brittian Dudley Bell, Jr., a 1939 graduate of the Academy, by
his wife, Jerry D. Bell, also an Academy graduate in 1937, and their son Brittian
Dudley Bell III.
Bobbie Massey Byrom Endowed Scholarship
The Bobbie Massey Byrom Endowed Scholarship
was given in honor of Mrs. Byrom by her husband and children in appreciation for her
distinguished service as the Academy's First Lady from October 1965 to May 1996.
Jack E. Byrom Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by the family and
friends of Jack E. Byrom, Academy President 1965-1996.
The Mary Elizabeth Byrom Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by Dr.
and Mrs. Jack E. Byrom, other members of her family, and friends in memory of Dr.
Byrom's mother, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Byrom.
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Cavness Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by family and friends
of Dr. Raymond M. Cavness, president of San Marcos Baptist Academy, 1931- 1943.
An endowed scholarship given by Gerald and Elizabeth Cessna.
Mr. Cessna was the Director of Admissions at the Academy from 1972-1997.
Ernest E. and Sally J. Cummings Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given
in faith by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cummings of San Marcos.
Ernest and Sally Cummings Endowment for Learning Skills
This endowed fund is used
for the development and general support of the Academys Learning Skills Program.
Ora and J.D. Cummings Memorial Endowment Fund
An endowed fund given by Ernest and
Sally Cummings and family in memory of the parents of Ernest Cummings.
The Robert Lawrence Chandler Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Chandler, in memory of their son, a member of the
class of 1980.
Lorraine and Jesse Allen Derrick Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship made
possible by Nancy and Don Mafrige 55, Ron Mafrige 55, Steven Mafrige 54, Jon
Hampton 57 and his sister, Hanna Drago, and his aunt Ruth Lofton. Contributions from
other exes have also helped endow this scholarship in memory of Reverend J. A. Derrick,
who taught at the Academy, and Mrs. Derrick, who was dean of the Lower School Boys.
Martin C. Eckhart Endowed Scholarship
The Martin C. Eckhart Endowed Scholarship was
given in memory of Mr. Eckhart, Class of 1936, by his wife and family.
The Bennie Ellis Endowed Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by Mr.
and Mrs. Benjamin Head in memory of Miss Bennie Ellis. Mr. Head was a member of the
class of 1956 and was a member of the Academy faculty from 1978 to 2004 and 2007-2008.
Folkes Endowed Scholarship
Given by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Folkes to be awarded
annually to an Academy day student.
The Guy and Ruby Foster Endowed Scholarship
A legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Foster,
this scholarship is administered by the Baptist Foundation of Texas.
The June Edgar Foster Scholarship
Given by E. A. Mannie Foster, Class of 25, in
memory of his wife, Class of 26.
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An endowed scholarship for boys provided by the estate of the late
Colonel C. C. Gibbs of San Antonio.
This scholarship is presented to a National Honor Society Member
by the National Honor Society for assistance with tuition for a one year period.
Leslie James Greive, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by family
and friends in memory of James, a 1984 graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy.
Jesse and Opal Henderson Endowed Scholarship
Given in memory of Opal Henderson and in
honor of Jesse Henderson, a former Academy student and former trustee.
Willie Higgs Endowed Music Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given in memory of Willie Higgs,
former San Marcos Baptist Academy choir director (1960-1981). The scholarship was initiated by Captain
Joseph L. Power, former San Marcos Baptist Academy dormitory director. Contributions from San Marcos Academy
alumni helped to endow this scholarship. This scholarship is intended for a student interested in Music.
An endowed scholarship provided by the estate of Mrs. Estelle Hunt
of Pittsburg, Texas.
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Jamail Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by Lee and Joe Jamail. Lee Jamail
is a graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy, Class of 1944.
Bob Jennings Memorial Scholarship
Given by his wife, Karen Jennings, family,
friends, and alumni in memory of Robert Bryan Bob Jennings - Coach, Teacher
and Mentor at SMA from 1976-1993.
Bess Jones Endowed Scholarship
Given in memory of Mrs. Bess Jones, by her
daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Britt Bell and other family and friends.
Mrs. (Jerry) Bell is a 1937 Academy graduate and Dr. Britt Bell is a 1939 graduate.
Zella Hartness Landfair Endowed Scholarship
Given by Mrs. Zella Landfair.
Mafrige Permanent Endowment Scholarship -
An endowed scholarship given by Carolyn and
Steve F. Mafrige, Class of 1954, Ron Mafrige, Class of 1955, and Nancy (Mauney) and Don Mafrige,
both of the Class of 1955.
Ron and Linda Mafrige Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by Ron Mafrige,
Class of 1955, and his wife, Linda Mafrige.
W. Archer Maley Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Given in memory of Mr. Maley, Academy
Class of 1920, by Mrs. Maley, their family and friends.
Bill Joe May Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by Rev. and Mrs. E.V. May in
memory of their son, a former Academy student killed in action in World War II.
Kyle McCain Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given in memory of Mr. Kyle
McCain, former Academy counselor, by his family and friends.
William McNiel Scholarship
An endowed scholarship made possible by his wife,
sons, and friends in memory of "Brother Mac" who served the Academy for 40 years.
Arvin C. and Lola B. Melton Scholarship
An endowed scholarship
provided through the estate of Lola B. Melton as a tangible way to further the gospel
of Jesus Christ with the prayer that it will assist some young person to have the benefit
of attending the Academy.
Thomas Morgan Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Given by Charlene Dowsett
Morgan, Academy Class of 1939, in memory of her husband Thomas Morgan.
Alexander Muniz Memorial Endowment Fund -
An endowed scholarship given by his parents,
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Muniz, in memory of their son Alexander (Alex) Muniz, a member of the
class of 2006.
Charles and Michela Occhipinti Endowed Scholarship -
The Charles and Michela Occhipinti
Scholarship was given by Madeline Occhipinti Sciacca, a 1948 graduate of the Academy, in memory
of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Occhipinti are the parents of five San Marcos Baptist Academy graduates.
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Nedra Lee Power Memorial Scholarship Fund
Alumni, family and friends established
a scholarship fund in memory of Nedra Lee Power, wife of Captain Joe Power, former
Commandant of Cadets and member of the Academy staff.
CPT Paul Pena Memorial Scholarship -
An endowed scholarship given in memory of CPT Paul W. Pena
by friends, family and alumni. CPT Pena, a member of the SMBA Class of 2000 and a 2004 graduate
of the U.S. Military Academy, was killed in action in Afghanistan in January 2010. This
scholarship will be presented to a high school student who has previously attended SMBA,
maintained a minimum of a 2.0 GPA (3.0 preferred) and exhibited loyalty, integrity and
leadership qualities. The recipient's character must be representative of SMBA values.
Preference will be given to a JROTC cadet.
An endowed scholarship for boys and girls given by Mr. George
Pirtle, geologist, banker and outstanding churchman of Tyler, Texas.
Pruitt Memorial Scholarship
Administered by the Baptist Foundation of Texas, the
funds supporting the scholarship came from the estate of the late Avelah and Bernice Pruitt.
William "Bill" Rallis Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by his family and
friends in memory of Bill, a 1977 graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy.
A.W. "Dub" Riter, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by the
Rogers Foundation and named for A.W. Dub Riter, Jr., a 1941 Academy graduate. This
scholarship is awarded to an Academy student or applicant who demonstrates superior
achievement and potential as well as financial need.
James D. Rogers Endowed Leadership Scholarship -
An endowed scholarship given in memory
of LTC James D. Rogers by friends, family and alumni. LTC Rogers, a distinguished veteran
of 23 years in the U.S. Army, served as Senior Army Instructor and later Commandant of the
Corps of Cadets at the Academy from 1976 to 1992 and continued to teach and hold other
administrative positions at SMA until 2002.
An endowed scholarship given by the late Mrs. Velma Robinson,
a former Academy trustee and benefactress, of Edna, Texas.
LTC Truett Lee Scarborough and Alma May Scarborough Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given in honor of Mrs. Alma May Scarborough by her step-son,
LTC Truett Lee Scarborough as an expression of love and in recognition and appreciation
for her providing the opportunity for him to attend the Academy.
The Clara Scott and Jimmie and Janet Scott Endowed Scholarship -
An endowed scholarship
in memory of Mrs. Clara Scott's Christian life and in honor of her son and daughter-in-law,
Jimmie and Janet Scott.
Katherine A. Shultz Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by the
Academy family and friends in loving memory of Katherine A. Shultz Coach, Dean
of Girls, and Director of Guidance at SMA from 1957-1997.
Mary Hall Thedford Endowed Scholarship
Given by the Velma Lee and John Harvey Robinson
Charitable Foundation. Mrs. Thedford was a long time friend of Mrs. Velma Robinson and
San Marcos Baptist Academy.
Mary Thedford Memorial Endowment Fund
An endowed scholarship funded by
Mrs. Mary Thedford from Edna, Texas. Mrs. Thedford was a long time friend of Mrs.
Velma Robinson and San Marcos Baptist Academy.
The Gertrude Williamson Endowed Scholarship
Given by Gertrude Williamson, a
former Academy student. Preference is given to a student who is actively involved in
an Academy music program.
Mary and Billy Windham Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given by Mary and
Billy Windham. Mary Windham taught at the Academy from 1978-1999. This scholarship is
intended for a person who has just completed the freshman Pre-AP English class at SMA.
The James L. “Jim” & Theresa H. “Mitzie” Wittliff Endowed Scholarship -
An endowed scholarship given by Jim Wittliff, Class of 1956, and his wife, Mitzie.
The Theresa H. “Mitzie” & James L. “Jim” Wittliff Endowed Scholarship -
An endowed scholarship given by Theresa H. "Mitzie" Wiffliff and her husband, Jim, Class of 1956.
Herbert A. Yarbrough, Jr. Scholarship
An endowed scholarship in memory of Mr.
Herbert (Herb) A. Yarbrough, Jr., a dedicated community leader whose interest in
and contribution to San Marcos will long be remembered.
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