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As You Consider Your Final 2014 Donations, Consider Investing in a Legacy Baylor Student’s Future

Members of the Marroquin Family -- all Baylor alums and students -- gather every year to watch the Homecoming Parade and celebrate being part of the Baylor Family.

Members of the Marroquin Family — all Baylor alums and students — gather every year to watch the Homecoming Parade and celebrate being forever part of the Baylor Family.

Dear Fellow Baylor Graduate,

BAA President Keith W. Starr '83 with Baylor freshman son Reagan.
BAA President Keith W. Starr ’83 with Baylor freshman son Reagan.

Like many of you, I have been reading about the impact that our Legacy Scholarships are having on the lives of Baylor students.  This program helps reduce the gap between the rising cost of a Baylor education and what our families can afford.

I’m particularly sensitive to those rising costs as I figure out ways to meet the challenge to ensure that my freshman son has the opportunity to benefit from the same wonderful Baylor education that I received.

Despite the challenges we have faced in 2014, your board of directors felt this program was important enough to support 42 students with Fall and Spring scholarship checks ranging from $500 to $1,500 per semester.

We historically have received more applications from students with family members who attended Baylor than we could fund.  We certainly would like to write bigger checks.  We did what we could with what we have…just as these families are doing.

That’s why I’m turning to you today.  As you consider your final charitable contributions for 2014, I’d like to ask for your support for the BAA Legacy Scholarship Program.  We invested $27,000 in the futures of 42 students before the start of the Fall semester, and have already dropped off checks for the same amount to be applied against these students’ Spring tuition bills.

Your support will make the decision to attend (or remain at) Baylor easier for students like Chase Fickling, who told us his scholarship helped his “family feel more secure…at a time where my future felt inhibited” because of some medical challenges.  Easier for students like Tara Brynell, who used her scholarship to offset the higher cost of living on campus so she could live in the Outdoor Adventure Living and Learning Center, where she met her future husband and now lives and works as the OA-LLC’s Graduate Assistant.  And easier for students who grew up with Baylor parents, grandparents, and other relatives who raised them to understand that you can’t have a “Baylor Nation” without a “Baylor Family.”

Your contribution — which will be securely processed through PayPal — will enable us to continue this program and perhaps even expand it.

We can’t do it without you.  Please go here to donate and enable these young people to go into the world and “Sic ‘Em!”  Thank you.

Keith W. Starr ’83
President, Baylor Alumni Association

P.S. We recently introduced a new member benefit that enables you to receive a discount on a new or renewal subscription to Texas Monthly magazine.  With each subscription, Texas Monthly will donate an additional $5 to our Legacy Scholarship Fund.  Here’s a link to that offer.

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