New Cameron University endowed scholarship to benefit Native American students

The Cameron University Foundation has established the Ethel Marie Gibson Endowed Scholarship in Biology and Health Science, thanks to the generosity of Tracie and John Davis. The couple chose to establish the endowment to honor the late Marie Gibson Tuck, Mrs. Davis’ mother. Prior to her marriage, Marie Gibson attended Cameron State Agricultural College, where she played basketball. The scholarship will benefit Native American students at CU who are pursuing a degree in one of the science disciplines. Preference will be given to student athletes and to Chickasaw and Choctaw tribal members. Recipients may retain the scholarship throughout degree completion for up to eight semesters.

Tracie Tuck-Davis and CU President John McArthur sign the documents establishing the Ethel Marie Gibson Endowed Scholarship in Biology and Health Sciences. “I cannot think of a better way to honor a parent’s memory than establishing an endowment that will benefit students for generations to come,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “By limiting eligibility to Native American students and giving preference to student athletes, Mr. and Mrs. Davis are acknowledging Marie Gibson Tuck’s heritage as well as her participation as a member of Cameron’s basketball team while she was a student here. The Cameron University Foundation is deeply appreciative

Tracie and John Davis are long-time supporters of the Cameron University Foundation and are lifetime members of Presidents Partners. Mrs. Davis, who has Choctaw and Chickasaw lineage through her mother, is a passionate advocate for Native American education, which was inspired by her mother’s desire to see all of her children achieve college degrees. She holds three Cameron degrees, earning a Bachelor of Accounting in 1991, a Master of Business Administration in 1996 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011. Her sisters contributed to their mother’s wish that all earn college degrees. Dana Tuck-Gibson earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2001 from Cameron, and Tonya Marie Williams earned a Bachelor Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1989.

A native of Marlow, Marie Gibson attended Cameron in the mid-1950s. She served as Pre-Med Queen in 1957 and was a member of the Pep Pirates and the Aggiettes. She served in the Student Senate and was active in both the Pre-Med Club and the Home Economics Club. Her sisters Huberta Gibson Bradley and Renee Gibson also attended Cameron. Renee Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science in Health, PE and Recreation in 1987.

Endowed scholarships like the Ethel Marie Gibson Endowed Scholarship in Biology and Health Science provide opportunities for students that might otherwise have been unattainable. The Cameron University Foundation welcomes additional contributions to this and other established endowments. To make a contribution or to establish a new endowment, contact the CU Office of University Advancement at 581-2999 or email foundation@cameron.edu.

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October 31, 2018