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Scholarships established in honor of couple's commitment to education, excellence
Tarleton State University-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 29, 2010
STEPHENVILLE, Texas – A well-known Waco couple's commitment to helping those in need will continue for years to come. Arthur J. and Beatrice Carter have passed on, but their giving legacy continues thanks to two generous scholarship endowments established by their daughter, Dr. Cynthia Carter.
The scholarships will benefit both deserving McLennan County and minority students pursuing a degree from Tarleton State University where Cynthia serves as assistant vice president for finance and administration.
"I chose to establish the separate scholarships in memory of my mother and father because of who they were and what they meant to me and so many people," Cynthia said. "They didn't settle for mediocrity. They were strong advocates of individuals who sought to better themselves and reach their full potential. They gladly donated their time and resources, and were admired by many."
The couple was known for their giving attitude, offering both material help and advice to those in need. Arthur loved carpentry and worked on many renovation projects at the church parsonage and church building and the homes of relatives and friends.
The Carters often spoke to young people about the value of education, and of pursuing excellence. The couple was a testament to this themselves, Cynthia said. Both worked hard to support their family and church, while still pursuing their own goals.
In 2000, Beatrice made the decision to return to school to obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing. She received that degree in 2006 at the age of 62, and then went on to pursue a master's degree. She fulfilled the degree requirements in May 2009, one month before her death from Stage IV pancreatic cancer.
"It was important for me to honor them in this way," Cynthia said. "My parents realized the value of a quality college education, so it was important for me to keep their legacy alive by providing deserving students an opportunity to go to college and fulfill their goals. And, what better place than my alma mater, Tarleton State University."
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