Charles O. and Betty Jean Powell

Charles O. and Betty Jean Powell

Hopelessly falling in love with a girl named Betty Jean and fervently following the basketball team are memories Charles Powell treasures of TU.

His romance at TU with Betty Jean flourished into marriage after their 1950 graduation, and Charles' love of basketball was almost as intense. He followed each game, either in person or over the airwaves.

So, he created the Charles O. and Betty Jean Powell Endowment Fund, providing merit-based scholarships — first, for members of Betty Jean's sorority, Delta Delta Delta, and second, for student athletes.

Of course, as a hoops fanatic, Powell did ask that men's basketball players get first preference for the athletic scholarships. You can't blame him.

It was his way of seeing TU students continue to make their goals.