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Legacy Awards

2016 Award Winners

Tradition of Service Award

Texas Pioneer Foundation

The Texas Pioneer Foundation provides funding to support access and success in post-secondary education for all Texas students. This private, independent foundation based in San Marcos, has touched the lives of students from Texarkana to Laredo and from Amarillo to Brownsville. Texas Pioneer Foundation’s support of Tarleton State spans across the university. Tarleton’s Mobile Go Centers are a result of a Texas Pioneer Foundation Grant and are designed to reach a growing number of Texas students unequipped with the resources to register for college and to increase students’ chances of succeeding in higher education. A grant to Tarleton’s MENtal Freedom program is enabling African- American and Hispanic males to persist towards graduation within a four-year timeframe and to provide mentors and professional development with enhanced learning experiences. Tarleton’s STEM Mobile Learning Centers will be outfitted to help educate and recruit pre-service educators and professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Because of the Texas Pioneer Foundation’s support, Tarleton faculty and students will bring STEM education to Texas public schools in a 90-mile radius of Stephenville. And generations of Tarleton students will realize their dreams of a college education due to the Texas Pioneer Foundation endowed scholarship.

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Excellence through Leadership Award

Mike A. Myers

Mike A. Myers, a native of Olney, Texas has been Chairman and Owner of Myers Financial Corporation since 1969. He attended Tarleton State College from 1954-1956 and continued his education at the University of Texas in Austin, where he received his BBA degree in 1959 and a doctorate of jurisprudence in 1963. Upon graduation, Myers served as administrative assistant to Governor John Connally. While at Tarleton, Myers ran track, was on the first Tarleton football team to win a conference championship since 1928, voted a class favorite and served as Student Council Vice President. Myers’ successful business career has included owning and operating 13 community banks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, developing thousands of residential lots in multiple communities in Texas, and owning and operating six country clubs, including The University of Texas Golf Club which is home to UT’s national championship golf teams. Myers has held numerous voluntary positions in organizations such as the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, Dallas Assembly, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas County Community College Foundation, Longhorn Foundation, Texas Interscholastic League Foundation, and Parkland Hospital Foundation. His most noteworthy recognitions include his induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2008 and the UT Austin Track and Field Stadium, which bears his name. Myers has been honored by Tarleton as a Distinguished Alumnus (1978), Ring of Honor recipient (2004), President’s All-Purple Award and Tarleton Athletic Hall of Fame (2012). As a founding member of the Tarleton Foundation, Inc. and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, Myers continues to be active with the university and supportive of Tarleton students.

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Civil and Integrity Award

Scott Summy

Scott Summy (’86) is a shareholder at Baron and Budd, one of the largest and oldest firms in the United States that specializes in complex litigation. Summy, nationally and reverentially dubbed “the Water Lawyer,” won his reputation representing common citizens and public entities against corporate giants. In 2010, Summy was appointed by the Court overseeing all litigation related to the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill to serve on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee. He assisted in the legal work leading to the settlement that has paid billions of dollars for affected people and businesses. In 2012, he concluded a national class action settlement with Syngenta on behalf of public water providers across America. In 1997, Mr. Summy tried the first MTBE, a gasoline additive, case in the US in North Carolina. This led to his representation of over 200 cities and states with MTBE-contaminated wells against the major oil companies. He has recovered over a billion dollars for his clients. Summy’s groundbreaking work in MTBE won him and his legal team the “Attorneys of the Year” award from California Lawyer in 2001. And Public Justice twice named Summy and his team as Finalists for the organization’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. He has also been recognized by the prestigious organization of Best Lawyers in America 8 times and in 2015 was named the Best Lawyer in the Metroplex for environmental litigation. He graduated cum laude from Tarleton State University in 1986 and earned his juris doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1990. He is a member of the State Bars of Texas, North Carolina and New York. Mr. Summy states “Having a large impact on human health through drinking water and other environmental issues that I’m involved in, is what really makes the job—and makes it worthwhile.”

View video of Scott Summy receiving the Civil and Integrity Award

2015 Award Winners

Tradition of Service Award

Walton Group of Companies

The Walton Group of Companies is a family-owned, multinational real estate investment and development firm which focuses on building communities that stand the test of time: hometowns for present and future generations. Much like John Tarleton’s original gift, The Walton Group of Companies’ donation of land to Tarleton State University along the Chisholm Trail Parkway is a truly transformational gift that will solidify the University’s impact on the face of higher education in Fort Worth and Tarrant County forever.

Excellence through Leadership Award

Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier

Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier is a distinguished surgeon, scientist and academician who has applied his vast experience to the research and development of new cardiovascular surgical techniques, including the development of artificial heart and circulatory assist devices. After first attending Tarleton State College, Dr. Frazier earned a B.A. from the University of Texas and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Dr. Frazier’s roots run deep at Tarleton. His father, Oscar H. Frazier, was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tarleton and is remembered as a highly successful track coach between 1925 and 1965.

Civility and Integrity Award

A. Dwain Mayfield

A. Dwain Mayfield has made a long-lasting mark on Tarleton State University through his support of students, scholarship and philanthropy. Dwain has given numerous hours of his time, his talent and his exceptional leadership to the betterment of Tarleton’s future as the President of the Tarleton State University Foundation. His guidance, teaching and encouragement have helped propel the University’s Aeronautical Team to national and international recognition. Dwain’s compelling support for Tarleton has enriched the university family.

2013 Award Winners

Tradition of Service Award

Sid W. Richardson Foundation

The Sid W. Richardson Foundation is dedicated to funding meaningful organizations that help improve our society. Since it was established in 1947, the foundation has provided grants primarily in the areas of education, healthcare, human services, and culture. The Sid W. Richardson Foundation continues to provide support to the College of Education and other areas of the campus that make a difference in the lives of Tarleton students.

Excellence through Leadership Award

Brad and Nancy Allen

Brad and Nancy Allen have a long established legacy of support to endowments and programs at Tarleton. Mr. and Mrs. Allen have both been leaders in the Stephenville community through their many businesses and volunteer positions. Nancy served for many years on the Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, and in addition, served a term as President of the Board. The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Allen has made an impact throughout the Tarleton campus.

Civility and Integrity Award

Charles Stenholm

Charles Stenholm served 26 years in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 2005. In 2011, he and his wife, Cindy, established the Charles W. Stenholm Endowed Chair in Environmental Agriculture, intended to be held by one of the nation’s foremost scientists in the area of environmental agriculture. The chair holder’s teaching and research is expected to attract national attention and provide solutions and a greater understanding of the numerous areas of potential conflict surrounding the interface between agriculture, energy production, and the environment.