Learn the history behind the formation of the MUMC Scholarship Fund. Scholarship applications will be available online March 15th, 2021 on this page.
37th Year of MUMC Scholarship
This is the 37th year of the Chris Brown and Don Banker Scholarship Endowment, which gives scholarships to local high school and college students each year. This fund began with $300 in 1984, 37 years ago. Since that time, over $70,000 has been given in college scholarships to 142 students.
Like the mustard seed in Matthew 13:32 “although it is the smallest of all seeds, it grows larger than any garden plant and becomes a tree. Birds even come and rest on the branches.” With God’s blessing and your generosity, the scholarship fund continues to grow each year and serve more students, which allows MUMC to play a vital role in assisting students to achieve their goals and dreams.
It is important for you to know that each and every dollar of all of the offerings go to the scholarship fund to help students with their college expenses. Please help support our youth in their future endeavors. Even though these scholarships are given out in the Spring of each year, you may contribute to this fund all year long - simply mark your offering as "Scholarship Fund."
History of the MUMC Scholarship Fund
The MUMC Scholarship Fund began in 1984, when Christine Brown, a longtime MUMC member and retired teacher, was honored by parents of her students. She was recognized with a $300 check, and her response was “Let’s give it back to the children.”
Christine had opened Jet Star School after her retirement. These parents wanted to acknowledge her forty years of teaching, devotion to children, and her endless energy, so their $300 gift was the seed money for the scholarship fund. Christine began to have her famous rummage sales to benefit the scholarship nest egg. She was so successful with her sales, friends and family dubbed her “Queen of the Rummage Sale.”
Christine’s life revolved around God, her family, MUMC, children, and their educations. Though she is no longer with us, Christine’s spirit lives on, and she continues to influence lives through the MUMC Scholarship Fund.
In 1994, another scholarship was added to the MUMC Fund. Janna Banker contributed proceeds from a scholarship established in memory of her husband, Donald. His career had its foundation in an engineering degree from Texas A&M University. After serving in the USAF and working in private industry, he returned to A&M to obtain a master’s degree in mathematics, starting a long and distinguished career in education. The majority of his teaching career was spent at McCallum High School in Austin.
Don’s passionate belief in higher education and the opportunities it afforded was often the source of his teaching style. Mathematics was his platform from the very basic algebra to the higher logic of calculus, he urged, pushed, and if necessary, held the hands of students until they understood.
Like Christine Brown, Don Banker’s devotion to teaching and his students was reciprocated with admiration and respect.