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Annual Donor Report 2019-2020

Sam Houston State University celebrates and recognizes the people, who through their tremendous support, have made a valuable commitment to our university.

Heritage Magazine: A Wild Ride To Success

When it comes to rodeo, SHSU has a long history of Bearkats competing and achieving at the top. Meet the legend behind the record of champs, alumnus Sonny Sikes (‘55, ‘57). The Sikes Family Endowed Scholarship he established in 2004 awards students each year competing in rodeo.

by Emily Binetti

Philanthropy Today: Preserving a Family Legacy

Anyone who spends time on campus, knows the name, Estill. In fact, the old Estill Library building still stands and is home to many student services. The Estill family’s connection to the university can be traced back to the establishment of the Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1879.

by Emily Binetti

Philanthropy Today: Inspired To Pay It Forward

When a family decided to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of a lost loved one, they had no idea of the lasting impact their gift would have. Lawrence Gill Edwards (’78), a first-generation student, was surprised to be chosen as the first recipient of the scholarship and deeply grateful for the family’s generosity.

by Emily Binetti

Philanthropy Today: Making A Difference With Annual Giving

The warm and caring environment Rosanne Keathley (’77) felt when she first stepped onto campus as a student has carried through in her commitment to SHSU today.

by Emily Binetti

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