President Steve Eckman announced Monday that York College has received funding to establish a scholarship endowment benefiting Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The Kelsay-Atchley Legacy Endowed Scholarship will provide an annual award for a student planning to pursue graduate or professional studies.
Named in honor of Bryan Atchley and Gertrude Kelsay Atchley, the fund has been established by their great-grandson and YC alumnus, Dr. Aaron Fletcher (YC 2002). The provisions for the fund are meant to especially recognize students whose faith, strength and perseverance enables them to overcome adverse circumstances and succeed at the collegiate level in the sciences.
Dr. Fletcher commented, “The gift honors blessings given to me through my family and especially my Grams, Evelyn “Murphy” Tyler, who encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Grams’ parents, the Atchleys, instilled in her the principles honored by the scholarship and that's a legacy I wanted to recognize, celebrate and pass on to others. Grams grew up on a small farm near Delta, Colorado, born the year the Great Depression began. I never saw her give up, no matter the circumstances, and that's a spirit I hope we can encourage in the next generation of science and math students at York College." Fletcher’s family and friends are also joining together to honor the Kelsay-Atchley legacy and how it has been exemplified in the life of Mrs. Murphy-Tyler.
Eckman noted, "The Kelsay-Atchley Legacy endowment provides one more tool in support of academics at York College. An award assisting a high achieving student in the sciences will benefit the entire campus community in our pursuit of stronger academic standards. I am grateful to Aaron, Holly and their family and friends who are making this new award a reality."
Fletcher is the past chair for the American Chemical Society, Dallas-Fort Worth Section and an associate professor of biochemistry at Dallas Baptist University. He and his wife, Holly (Eckstein ‘03) live in Carrollton, Texas and have one daughter, Maddy, and are expecting their second child in February 2014.
YC's Natural Science and Mathematics Division offers degrees in biology, chemistry, a dual degree in engineering (with Washington University of St. Louis), and mathematics. A variety of pre-professional options are also available.
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