Robert and Carolyn Tucker give $4 million to Gardner-Webb University to Establish New Scholarship
Tucker Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship Program
The Tucker Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship is based on Mark 12:29-31, a scripture in which Jesus gives the two most important commandments. The first one is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Many years ago, Carolyn chose this as her “life prayer” in which she asked God that all of her family and their spouses would follow. She had bronze plaques made for her grown offspring to display at their doorways as reminders.
At the request of Carolyn Tucker, the scripture was displayed on a bronze plaque at the entrance of the Tucker Student Center. Mark 12:29-31 has since been adopted by the University and a plaque placed at the entrance of every building. This scholarship is awarded annually to one student who has and will continue to demonstrate Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength during their four years at Gardner-Webb.
After the first four years, the fund will provide for four students, one in each class, every year. The recipients, Tucker Scholars, will receive full tuition coverage, room and board, books, a meal plan, and other required fees. The Tucker Scholarship is open to all students seeking to pursue higher education at Gardner-Webb University.
Prospective students may be nominated by individuals in their community and complete the application process. Additionally, applicants must submit their official high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, an essay detailing how they have worked to apply Mark 12:30 in their life, and a minimum of two references to include both academic and character mentors.
The application deadline is November 1 and will take place solely through the Gardner-Webb University website. After complete applications have been received, selected candidates will be invited to campus to attend the Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength Scholarship Event where finalists will take part in interviews. This event will take place in December. Apply here.
The Tucker family has remained dedicated to Gardner-Webb University over the years. Their devotion to their faith, the institution, and the community has played a major role in the development and fruition of several initiatives on the University’s campus. The SHOE SHOW INC. family is proud of the commitment, service, and all the hard work of the Tucker family!