Arleigh B. Templeton
Graduate Fellows Experience

Arleigh Templeton

Who is Arleigh B. Templeton?

Arleigh Brantley Templeton (April 18, 1916 - October 28, 2006) was born in New Waverly, Texas. He received an undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1936 and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Houston. After a stint as president of Alvin Junior College (1954--1964), Dr. Templeton became president of Sam Houston State Teachers College, succeeding Harmon Lowman. Dr. Templeton was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Sam Houston State University in 1977. He was elected president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1967, was appointed to Texas Governor John B. Connally's Committee on Education Beyond the High School and spent 30 years on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Arleigh Templeton was committed to developing strong student leaders who served the community. His story, and the Templeton Fellows Experience, will leave a legacy that will inspire others to live the SHSU motto, "The measure of a Life is its Service."

What is the Templeton Graduate
Fellows Experience?

Each year the Templeton Fellows Experience ($2,000 scholarship) will provide an opportunity for a Sam Houston State University graduate student who demonstrates leadership potential to accomplish a project that benefits the community. This endowment was established in honor of former SHSU President, Arleigh Brantley Templeton, by alum Dan Beto and his wife Donna Beto.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to create and attach a proposal for a project that will assist the community – any community. They must ask a faculty member to act as a mentor to guide them in their project. To be eligible for this award, students are required to be enrolled as a student for the upcoming summer/fall or fall/spring semesters. Toward the end of the final semester, those selected for this honor will be required to present the results of their community leadership project in several venues. Applications are due February 1st.

Templeton Fellow 2022

Campus CERT Program

Amanda Frank became interested in community emergency response during the course of her master’s program. Upon receiving the Arleigh B. Templeton Graduate Fellows Experience scholarship, she dove into becoming a fully trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) responder in her local community while simultaneously completing research, interviews, and conversations to start a CERT group on campus. Soon, there will be a place for civic-minded students to come together and serve the university community. The campus CERT team should be operational and welcoming students in the next year.