In the spring of 1986, with the help of their daughter, Renee Edwards Sensabaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Thompson established a scholarship in memory of Mr. Thompson's grandmother. The Alma Saylor Sandefur Business Scholarship is a tribute to Mrs. Alma Sandefur, who was a guiding force behind her children's education.
Although she never went beyond the fourth grade herself, Alma Saylor Sandefur was committed to Christian higher education. In 1920, she and her husband, R.J., moved to Keene so their three youngest children could attend Southwestern Junior College. Her son, Cree, remembered she was so determined that her children have an education that she took her boys into hot cotton fields and worked with them for three or four weeks at a time to earn money for tuition and clothes. Her persistence and determination paid off. Today, well over a dozen of Mrs. Sandefur's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are alumni of Southwestern Adventist University.
Scholarship award requirements
Each year this scholarship is awarded to a business major on the basis of scholastic ability and exhibited potential.
2019-2020 -Ariel Infante
2018-2019 -Sharne Lazarus
2017-2018 -Mario Pena Jr., Stephanie Campos
2016-2017 - Jessica Sullivan, Mario Pena
2015-2016 - Jessica Sullivan
2014-2015 - Tony Seery
2013-2014 - Anna Semakula
2012-2013 - Anna Semakula
2011-2012 - Michael Denny
2010-2011 - Michael Denny