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Phil '64 and Lynelle Eddins

Phil '64 and Lynelle Eddins

Phil '64 and Lynelle Eddins

By Phil Eddins

When I was a student at Hardin-Simmons, I applied for every scholarship I could find. Several years after I graduated, I started giving to HSU out of a sense of obligation. I initially wanted to pay back the same amount of money I had received as a student. I long ago repaid my debt, but I have since discovered a real need, and a joy, in supporting Christian higher education.

Following the death of my first wife, I established an endowed scholarship in her memory. It took several years for me to fund it through monthly gifts. When Lynelle and I married, she enthusiastically joined me in financially supporting Hardin-Simmons.

We are not wealthy by any means, but we feel blessed. You don't have to be wealthy to be a donor, or even to endow a scholarship. If we all give what we are able to give, imagine the impact we will make. I know that even a gift of $10 a month can make a difference.

With the turmoil in our world today, we feel that it is more important than ever to support Christian higher education. John G. Hardin summed it up very well when he said, "We are inclined to believe that Christian education of the right type is the greatest work for good that can be done. It is foundation work and the basis upon which good citizenship grows."

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