Around the State: Brookshire establishes ETBU scholarship

East Texas Baptist University recently received $25,000 from Brookshire Grocery Co. to establish an endowed scholarship program. Brookshire announced the establishment of the Focus on the Future scholarship program in partnership with ETBU and more than 40 other universities and colleges in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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East Texas Baptist University received $25,000 from Tyler-based Brookshire Grocery Company to establish an endowed scholarship program. Brookshire announced the establishment of the Focus on the Future scholarship program in partnership with ETBU and more than 40 other universities and colleges in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The program is designed to reward students in Brookshire’s market areas for their dedication, hard work and outstanding academic achievements. “East Texas Baptist University is thrilled to receive support from the Brookshire Grocery Company’s Focus on the Future scholarship program,” said Scott Bryant, ETBU vice president for advancement. “Our students and their families benefit from scholarship support provided through endowments like this one. The Brookshire Grocery Company has a great reputation and has an outstanding history of serving our community well. East Texas Baptist University is thankful for the partnership with Brad Brookshire and the Brookshire Grocery Company.”

Irma Alvarado

The nonprofit Aggie Women organization recognized Irma Alvarado of First Baptist Church in Donna for her trailblazing legacy as one of the first Hispanic women to graduate from Texas A&M University. Alvarado earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Texas A&M in 1970. She went on to work as a teacher for the Donna Independent School District, as well as at-risk counselor for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD and Ethel Carman Elementary School in San Juan. Alvarado is a former officer of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas and Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas, and she served on the board of consultants for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission.

The Baptist History and Heritage Society named J. David Holcomb, professor of history and political science at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, as recipient of the 2020 Norman W. Cox Award. The award is named in honor of the first executive secretary of the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. The society presents the award annually to the person judged to have submitted the best article published in the Baptist History & Heritage Journal in the preceding calendar year. Holcomb’s winning article, “Baptists and the Johnson Amendment,” appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of the Journal.



Tom J. Nettles

Tom J. Nettles has been appointed a visiting professor of historical theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He will teach a course titled “Scripture” that will examine the doctrine of the Bible, December 7-11 on the Fort Worth campus. Nettles earned both his Master of Divinity degree and his Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary. He served on Southwestern Seminary’s faculty in the church history department from 1976 to 1982.

J.W. “Jack” MacGorman, professor of New Testament theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1948 to 2001, will celebrate his 100th birthday Dec. 26. He cannot receive visitors other than family, but his daughter Linda indicated he would enjoy receiving celebratory notes and cards from friends, colleagues and former students. Correspondence may be sent to 34 Chelsea Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76134-1915. 


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