The Philanthropy of George & Gladys Abell

Legacy Scholarships

1986 is a year that is significant for anyone living in the Permian Basin at the time. That year marked the start of a dramatic downturn in the oilfield that left many without a job. As the foundation trustees watched this situation unfold around them, they did what good stewards do. They asked themselves how they could respond to the need. The decision was made to provide scholarships through Midland College to give students the opportunity to launch their post-high school career. To date, more than 20,000 students have benefited from Legacy.

In 2003, Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust partnered with Abell-Hanger Foundation, and the scholarship was renamed, Legacy. In 2006, a third Midland family, Harvey and Harriet Herd, through the Chaparral Foundation, joined this rich tradition of supporting MC students in their pursuit of higher education. That tradition continued to grow when Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, through the Scharbauer Foundation, united with the other three family foundations to support this great educational legacy.

This kind of grant making can best be described as transformational. It is a partnership with an individual that allows them passage into an academic environment. Once in that environment, they must do their part. They choose.

Visit the Midland College Legacy website.