Sharing Memories

August 21, 2007

Steven Farrell chose a brick inscription to commemorate his wedding proposal, but he is not the first to find a creative way to include Baylor in a matrimonial milestone. Rob and Linda Gidel gave their daughter Ali, BA '01, and son-in-law Jarrod Lord, BS '01, an uncommon wedding gift when they married in 2003. At the rehearsal dinner, the parents played a recorded message from then-President Robert Sloan announcing the 
Allison Gidel Lord and Jarrod A. Lord Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Gidels saw the endowed scholarship as a way for the newlyweds to keep those Baylor ties strong. The couple continues to get letters from students who receive the scholarship. "It's wonderful to be able to hear how the endowment is giving others an opportunity to go to Baylor," Ali says.
In 2001, Maston and Barbara Courtney established a scholarship to commemorate their golden wedding anniversary: The Maston C. and Barbara W. Courtney/George W. Truett Theological Seminary Endowed Scholarship Fund. "Barbara and I both felt that this was the kind of place that we wanted to invest part of our lives in, through an endowed scholarship," Maston says. 
In addition to the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat, bricks can also be purchased, engraved and installed at several locations across campus, including the Ed Crenshaw Student Foundation Center, the Lt. Jack Whetsel Jr. Basketball Practice Facility, and Burleson Quadrangle. 
Brooks Bricks for Scholarships provide participants with the opportunity to take home a memento from the original Brooks Residence Hall. The proceeds from the purchase of bricks support an array of academic programs, scholarships and University projects.

For more information, contact Universtity Development at 1-800-BAYLOR-U option 4, e-mail at, 
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