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The Mary Paxton Pender Graduate Music Scholarship

The Mary Paxton Pender Graduate Music Scholarship Endowment was given in her memory by

family and friends of the family. The scholarship is to be awarded to a graduate student who is

majoring in voice, piano, or choral conducting. The award will be made by the School of Music

Scholarship Committee in consultation with the dean of the School of Music. Mary Paxton was

born in Abilene in 1893 and attended Simmons Academy and Simmons College, graduating in

1911. She married Herman Arthur Pender who also attended Simmons College. She served as a

trustee of Hardin-Simmons University for 28 years, following in the footsteps of her father, George

Lee Paxton, for whom Cowden-Paxton Hall was named. Mary Paxton Pender, a great patron of

the arts, was particularly interested in the School of Music and its students. She was named a

patroness by Sigma Alpha Iota national women’s fraternity. This scholarship is in recognition of

her many years of support for Christian education and music.

Hubert C. and Grace V. Toombs Endowed Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Hubert and Grace Toombs established this scholarship through two gift annuities in 1990 and

1997. The scholarship will benefit promising and/or exceptional students in graduate programs.

The dean of graduate studies, in consultation with the Graduate Council, will select recipients of

this scholarship. Eligibility will include a minimum GPA of 3.0 for an initial award and 3.5 to

renew the scholarship.

Watts Alpha Chi Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1967 by the members of Alpha Chi honoring Dr. Otto O. Watts,

longtime head of the HSU Chemistry Department, and his wife, Lela May. With this scholarship

Alpha Chi members honored the Watts for a lifetime of service as sponsors of Alpha Chi.

Recipients shall be worthy graduate students having financial difficulties. They must have an

overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and are selected by the sponsor of Alpha Chi and the dean of

graduate studies.

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Hemphill Graduate Honor Award

The HSU Graduate School recognizes the outstanding master’s/doctorate candidate at the May

commencement exercises with the Hemphill Graduate Honor Award. This award recognizes the

graduate who has excelled in his/her academic studies, possesses character and behavior consistent

with the university’s purpose, and exhibits potential for significant contribution to his/her chosen

field. The recipient is selected by the Graduate Council. This award has been endowed by the late

Dr. Lee Hemphill and the late Mrs. Lunelle Nix Hemphill. Dr. Hemphill served as vice president

of development and was a vice president emeritus.

Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence

The HSU Graduate School recognizes the outstanding master’s candidate at the December

commencement exercises with the Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes

the graduate who has excelled in his/her academic studies, possesses character and behavior

consistent with the university’s purpose, and exhibits potential for significant contribution to

his/her chosen field. A committee of graduate program directors in conjunction with the dean of

graduate studies selects the recipient. This award is funded by an anonymous endowment.