Hilltopper Family Spotlight
Parent Creates Endowed Scholarship
From an early age, Debbie Adams’ parents, Larry and Cynthia Garrett, instilled a deep
appreciation of higher education in her and her two sisters. Growing up during WWII and the
Great Depression left a lasting impression on her father.
“I grew up hearing stories of my
father’s childhood near the Naval Station in Bremerton, Washington, where he experienced
rationing, and witnessed manned anti-aircraft guns and tethered dirigibles on his school
grounds, as well as regular air raids, evacuation drills, and blackouts,” says Adams. She
also often heard about her father’s hero, Audie Murphy, who was a native Texan and
the most decorated combat soldier of WWII.
Moved by her parent’s belief in education and to honor Audie Murphy, she recently
created an endowed scholarship to thank them. “I want to give the same gift of education
that my parents gave their children, to other deserving students,” says Adams.
Discovering St. Edward’s
As a student at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), Adams would occasionally travel into
Austin and remembers passing the entrance to St. Edward’s a time or two. “I was mildly
curious as to what kind of school it was,” she says. “As the years passed, I often heard
the name ‘St. Edward’s University’ in conversation along with such words as ‘academic excellence’
and ‘Catholic education.’”
When it became time for her daughter, Kaitlyn Adams ’14, to select a college, St. Edward’s
was on the short list. Adams was impressed with the university’s reputation for outstanding
academics, small classes and the influence of the Holy Cross Brothers. She also appreciated
the university’s emphasis on service, both locally and globally.
During their campus visit, Adams and her daughter were “completely taken by the beautiful grounds,
water fountains and fabulous trees.” Kaitlyn loved the university’s location and felt like she “was
in the right place” and decided to apply. A year later, Kaitlyn’s cousin, Kelsey Peters ’15, also
enrolled at St. Edward’s.
Adams has been pleased with her daughter’s experience at St. Edward’s.
“To quote Kaitlyn’s father, ‘No one ever complains that they have too much
education,’” she says. And thanks to The Paul and Deborah Adams Family Foundation
Endowed Scholarship, more students will reap the benefit of a St. Edward’s education for years to come.
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