The West Texas A&M University Foundation has announced the establishment of a $10,000 scholarship endowment in honor of L. Louise Box and the late Boyce Box, both 1950 graduates of the University.
The Boyce and L. Louise Box Christian Athlete Scholarship was established by the couple’s five children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren to celebrate and honor the two most memorable and unifying parts of Box family life—the love of God and the pursuit and joy of sports. The gift was presented to L. Louise for her birthday on Sept. 5 and announced at the Buffs football game. The Box children are Brenda, Lynette, Rhonda, Blake and Bernay.
Income earned from the endowed principal of the Boyce and L. Louise Box Christian Athlete Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more full-time student athletes with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Students are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of eight long semesters or until the completion of the bachelor’s degree.
Boyce Box and the former L. Louise Pugh married in 1950 soon after graduating from what was then West Texas State Teachers College. She was a member of Delta Zeta and named a WT Beauty. She earned her degree in home economics.
The couple shared a passion for sports. L. Louise, a Perryton native, played sports during high school and attended athletic events during her years at WT. Boyce Box came to WT from Jonesboro. He played football and basketball for the Buffs and even earned a coaching degree at the University. He was a member of Gus Miller’s Border Conference Co-Championship team and during his senior year, he was captain of the Buff basketball team.
After graduation, Boyce Box served in the Marine Corps. They finally settled in Amarillo in 1957, when Boyce began working for Massachusetts Mutual Life and L. Louise was busy raising a family. He eventually became owner of Box Insurance Agency and also built restaurants, motels, mobile home parks and truck stops around the Amarillo area.
They were active with the youth at Amarillo’s First Baptist Church, where they served as mentors to not only their children and grandchildren, but also to many student athletes throughout the years. They continued to be big supporters of WTAMU athletics and attended numerous athletic events during their 46 years of marriage.
Box received the WT Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1974, and was inaugurated into the WTAMU Hall of Champions in 2004. He died in March 1996 at the age of 72.
L. Louise is active on the Women’s Council for WTAMU and a member of the President’s Circle. She also is a member of the University’s Phoenix Club and the WTAMU Buffalo Club. She still attends WTAMU events and supports the WTAMU athletic department.