That exciting moment when Barbara Whorton-Farley realized she would get to enroll in her dream school-McMurry-is still vivid. She wanted badly to attend McMurry and play in the band under legendary "Prof" Raymond Bynum.
As graduation day rolled around at Tahoka High School, it became evident she would be the valedictorian and get a scholarship. Next came an offer from Prof Bynum for a band scholarship. And then, a work study position opened up at McMurry. "All of a sudden a window was opening," Whorton-Farley recalled.
Today, it's Whorton-Farley, a 1973 McMurry graduate, who is flinging windows open for future McMurry students. With no heirs, she chose the McMurry Honors Program to be the beneficiary of her estate. "I want whatever I leave to make a significant difference for something I'm passionate about," she said.
Lifelong friendships, outstanding faculty who take a personal interest in students, and a diversity of activities are some of the aspects of McMurry that Whorton-Farley touts. Her goal is to make that same experience possible for other top students, particularly ones from small high schools like the one she attended.
Honors Program Director Dr. Philip LeMasters said gifts from people like Barbara will positively impact future students. "The McMurry University Honors Program provides outstanding students the opportunity to work closely with creative, dynamic professors and to get the most out of the Christian liberal arts education that is so important to Mrs. Whorton-Farley," said Dr. LeMasters. "Her generous designation of her estate in support of scholarships for honors students will enable future generations of bright and talented students to achieve excellence academically, professionally, and personally."
The education that Whorton-Farley obtained at McMurry opened her window to success in life, and now her vision is opening windows of opportunity for future McMurry students.