MUMC Scholarships

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Learn about the MUMC Scholarships, request an application, read previous recipient endorsements.

MUMC Scholarship Endorsements

Tracy Lauger Becker (2001)

After attending Mrs. (Chris) Brown's Mother’s Day Out as a child and being an active youth at MUMC, it was an honor and privilege to receive the MUMC Scholarship. Thank you so much for your donation to my education and for your consideration to donate to help other youth with college expenses.

Tracey graduated from NMSU in 2015 with degrees in Marketing and HR Management. She currently lives in Red Rock, TX with her husband of 9 years and stays at home with their 3 children. They enjoy life on their 10 acres with their chickens, horses, dogs and cats!

Sage Mize (2015)

Receiving the MUMC Scholarship, going into my freshman year of undergraduate school, made me feel that I had my church family cheering me on. There are so many scholarships you can apply to, but this one is more than just money. It’s also people who will pray for you and your collegiate journey. I am so thankful for MUMC and their contribution to my success.

Sage grew up in Kyle, Texas and attended MUMC with her parents ever since she was a little girl. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in May 2019, where she majored in Kinesiology, was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, and was a student athletic trainer working with the Sports Medicine Department. She is currently attending the University of Arkansas and will graduate with her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training this May. Although she has enjoyed her time in Fayetteville, Arkansas, she is eager to move back to Texas and begin her career!

Kelsey Kidd Wharton (2002)

Receiving a scholarship from MUMC was a meaningful gift to me during my studies at UT. Not only did it help me pay for tuition but it also made me feel supported by the wonderful community at MUMC.

Kelsey graduated from the University of Texas in 2006 with Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, is married to Chris and the mother of two sons, ages 6 and 8 years and a baby daughter, who is almost 1 year old. Kelsey and Chris are enjoying their family!

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 $75,000 has been given in college scholarships to 140+ 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." You may also give through our online giving portal and select "Scholarship Fund" from the fund menu.

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.

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