Tarleton receives final gift for Patricia A. Fain scholarship endowment

Patricia A. Fain Scholarship Endowment

Patricia A. Fain Scholarship Endowment

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University has received a final gift of $300,000 from the estate of the late provost Dr. Robert C. “Bob” Fain to provide scholarships for students planning to teach secondary mathematics or chemistry.

Fain created the endowment in 1990 in honor of his wife, Patricia, who devoted her entire professional life to teaching math, including 25 years at Stephenville High School. Many former students returned to thank her for preparing them for college math.

“We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the late Dr. Bob and Pat Fain and their philanthropic commitment,” said Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio. “Their gift provides a direct and lasting impact on our students and leaves a legacy for future generations.”

Fain joined Tarleton’s Department of Physical Sciences in 1966 as an associate professor. He became head of the department in 1968 and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 1970.

Favored by students and earning the respect of colleagues, he was named dean of academic affairs in 1979 and the university’s provost and vice president of academic affairs in 1980. When he returned to the classroom 16 years later, his stint as university provost and vice president of academic affairs was the second-longest in the nation.

During Fain’s service as provost, Tarleton developed policies on academic admission and retention and created current procedures for faculty promotion and tenure. He served under three university presidents and saw student enrollment more than triple.

Although he spent most of his career in administration, Fain most enjoyed teaching and interacting with students. Many went on to earn advanced degrees, working as professional chemists and serving as administrators at other colleges and universities. One of his students, astronaut and medical investigator Millie Hughes-Fulford, flew with NASA’s first Spacelab crew.

Fain fully retired from Tarleton in 2003 and died Aug. 6, 2016, at age 79.

Scholarships are awarded annually to students majoring in math or chemistry with plans to teach at the secondary level. Students receive part of the scholarship during their freshman year and part upon completion of their first semester in the teacher education program.

Recipients of the Patricia A. Fain scholarship must have a 3.0 GPA and the potential to be certified in math or chemistry.

For more information on Tarleton’s teacher education program, go to www.tarleton.edu/eps/tep.

To donate to the Fain scholarship endowment, contact Emma Bouquet, director of Advancement Services, at 254-968-9948 or [email protected].

Tarleton, celebrating 100 years as founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. As a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) with campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, leadership, excellence and service.


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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.