Endowed Funds Make Scholarships Available for Students

Alumni and friends of Southwestern Adventist University are making a university education possible for many of today’s students through scholarships. And endowed funds make those scholarships possible, thanks to people like Jack Casey.

An endowed scholarship fund is an investment in the future because it allows the scholarship dollars to be taken from the earnings of the original donation. Scholarships can be awarded to Southwestern students based on academic achievement, special talents, financial need, or other criteria defined by the donor. The donor designates the purpose of the endowment, and earnings from that investment will grow over time to fund the scholarship for years to come.

Jack Casey was born in Fort Worth in 1913, the son of Thomas Arthur Casey and Belle Huguley Casey. He attended his earliest year of church school in Keene, boarding with his grandparents. When he was in the second or third grade, his family moved to Washington D.C. where his pharmacist father went into a cookie business. When the depression hit in the early 1930s, the cookie business faltered and the family moved back to Fort Worth where Jack’s father went into the butcher saw business, selling and servicing saws to butcher shops throughout Texas and adjacent states. Jack spent long hours on the road working for his Dad delivering the saws.

In 1942, Jack entered the military and was stationed in northern Texas at a military hospital where he learned to be a lab and x-ray technician. He met Beulah Parks, serving as a WAC (Women’s Army Corps), during his service time. They married after completing their time in the military and moved to Santa Ana, California, where Jack became certified as a lab and x-ray technician. He worked in those areas for physicians until he retired in 1980, but then continued to work part time for several additional years as a repairman of medical equipment. His wife Beulah passed away in 2003, and Jack ultimately moved to Salt Lake City to be near his only close living relatives. He passed away in October, 2014 at the age of 101.

Although never a student at either the academy or college in Keene, Jack always had fond memories of living in the Keene area as his grandparents on both sides of the family were early residents of Keene and his mother lived there for many years. For that reason he wished to establish an endowed scholarship fund to assist students at Southwestern Adventist University.

If you’re interested in created an endowed scholarship, please contact Southwestern Adventist University’s Director of Development at 817-202-6628.

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