Marvin and Dee fell in love while students at Union College and married in 1963. Yet they dedicated many years of service to Southwestern Adventist University. Marvin was the longest-serving president in the history of Southwestern, from 1984 until 2001, a period of notable growth at the University. Dee worked alongside Marvin, serving as chair of the Department of Education and Psychology. Through her tenure, the department became not only the largest on campus, but one of the largest in the entire North American Division. Together Marvin and Dee are responsible for marked improvements and leadership in their 56 years of combined service.
The Andersons’ three children also attended Southwestern. Danny took courses and worked for the University for almost six years at the custodial department, service station, cafeteria, and printing press. Eric ('89) worked for the University for 15 years in many of the same capacities as Danny but also served as an adjunct professor in the Business and Education and Psychology Departments. Amy (’93) spent five years as an administrative assistant and part-time instructor in the Department of Education and Psychology.
Marvin is only somewhat retired now. After leaving Southwestern, he became president of a private foundation in Washington, D.C., and continued teaching business. He is now teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dee enjoys her retirement, which allows for plenty of time to travel, read, and spend time with their three grandchildren.
This scholarship was established by Marvin and Dee’s children in honor of their dedication and service to the University. Their leadership in moving Southwestern ahead while preserving the history and many elements that make Southwestern unique among other Adventist colleges and universities is represented in this scholarship.
Scholarship award requirements
This scholarship is awarded to students who have a GPA of at least 2.75, have completed at least 36 semester hours, are full-time students with declared majors, and who work at least 10 hours per week during the school year.
2020-2021-Genesis Lopez Valenzuela
2019-2020 -Jai Geetooah
2018-2019 -Maria Cruz Basoco
2017-2018 -Luis Astudillo
2016-2017 - Nicole Cillo
2015-2016 - Cody Anderson
2015-2014 - Nhất Nguyen
2014-2013 - Michael Casco
2013-2012 - Josue Maldonado
2012-2011 - Wendy Amimo & Inestral Pierre
2009-2010 - Cynthia Jaimes , Ernest Maitland , Dessya Palit , Antonio Peterson , Esther Portes , Graciela Prieto , Christopher Rhodes & Mario Robles
2008-2009 - Carlos Arellano , Jose Laporte , Ethan Muse & Michael Razon
2007-2008 - Matthew Williams
2006-2007 - Marvin Yordan
2005-1006 - Aaron Proctor , Peter Taylor