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Spicer Gripp Foundation Makes Substantial Gift to WTAMU

The Spicer Gripp Memorial Youth Foundation (SGMYF) boosted its unwavering support of West Texas A&M University with a substantial leadership gift along with an announcement of a new scholarship for students majoring in animal science.

Board members representing the Hereford-based youth foundation recognized the University’s approaching Centennial and its comprehensive fund-raising campaign when presenting the $100,000 gift to the Spicer Gripp Memorial Ag Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2004 to provide financial assistance to WTAMU students in the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

“We are so grateful for the support the Spicer Gripp Memorial Youth Foundation has given to the University over the years,” Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, University president, said. “The foundation’s contributions have made a significant difference for students at West Texas A&M University, and this $100,000 gift will have a definite impact for years to come.”

The scholarship is one of two scholarship endowments established by the Spicer Gripp Memorial Youth Foundation at WTAMU. The endowments total approximately $190,000 and benefit students through the Spicer Gripp Memorial Ag Scholarship and the Spicer Gripp Rodeo Scholarship. The SGMYF also announced the establishment of another scholarship—the David Romley Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in animal science. The endowment totals $26,000, thanks to support from SGMYF, Mark Adams and A2 Cattle Feeding of Dimmitt and Stanley and Geneva Schaeffer of Happy.

The Spicer Gripp Memorial Youth Foundation and its scholarships were established by friends and family of the late Spicer Gripp, a well-known and highly respected Hereford cowboy and civic leader who had a passion for helping youth. A bronze plaque honoring Gripp’s induction into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame now hangs in the Spicer Gripp Classroom, located in the University’s Stanley Schaeffer Agricultural Education Learning Lab. The plaque stands as a reminder to WTAMU students of who Gripp was and the way of life he cherished.

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