Bob '62 and Tricia (Wolfe) Northcut '60
By Bob Northcut '62
If it weren't for Hardin-Simmons University, we wouldn't be where we are today. We met each other at HSU, made lifelong friends there, and we still enjoy going back to campus every chance we get.
My family did not have the financial means to help me go to college. My father was a meat cutter and an alcoholic. My older brother and sister wanted to go to college, but couldn't afford it. When I was in eighth grade, my father quit drinking, turned his life around, and began to help others in their battles with alcoholism. But there still wasn't money for me to go to college.
In those days, HSU was in a different athletic division and gave athletic scholarships. I earned a full tennis scholarship to HSU. If not for that, I never would have gone to college. While I only played tennis a little over a year at HSU, I was able to secure another scholarship so I could stay in school. I was the first in my family to attend college.
Hardin-Simmons gave me a fresh start in life, and it's where I met Tricia, the love of my life. My entire life turned around for the better at HSU.
Tricia's family had a lot of love, but not much money. However, they made many sacrifices to help pay her way in college. Her father was a barber, but had to quit in his 50s because of health problems. She received a choir scholarship from University Baptist Church, and then from First Baptist Church, which paid her tuition. She worked in the HSU Post Office all four years (serving as postmistress the last two years), which covered some of her expenses, but her parents paid all the rest, which wasn't easy for them.
I can't imagine what my life would be like if I had never met Tricia. We married the summer after Tricia graduated, and she worked at University Baptist Church to put me through my last two years at HSU, while I worked at the YMCA. We struggled financially, but faculty members helped us.
Dr. Hurst in the Bible Department made sure we were never hungry. He blessed us often with vegetables from his garden. It was also a treat when he brought us homemade ice cream. We lived in a tiny house, and didn't have enough storage space for our dishes. Dr. Lundy, head of the Sociology Department, built shelves and installed them.
These memories are very dear to us. Because we were helped decades ago, we want to pay back what HSU did for us. We haven't always had the money to give, but we make it a priority now. In addition to the money we give every year, we've included a gift to HSU in our wills.
If you aren't supporting HSU financially, we hope that you will. If all alumni give whatever amount they are able, we would all make an even bigger impact. Your gifts don't have to be huge to make a difference. You don't have to be a millionaire to give. Whether you can make a gift of $100,000 or give $10 a month, every gift matters.
You Can Make a Difference
If you would like to learn how you can impact future lives with a planned gift to Hardin-Simmons University, contact Mike Hammack or one of our development officers at (325) 670-1260 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.