Better late than never

Scholarship recipient still appreciative after 46 yearsTracy Thomas's letter

A scholarship recipient never sent the thank you that she promised her mom in September 1967 that she would send — until now.

   Tracy Thomas graduated magna cum laude in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, majoring in instrumental. She recently saw as a sign when she received a planned giving e-newsletter from Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned giving, that she should finally write the thank you for receiving the Lenora N. McGregor Endowed Scholarship for four years, beginning in 1967.

   Lamb has since forwarded her letter in full so the representatives of the McGregor scholarship will know the impact made on Thomas’ life.

   Since Thomas graduated from WSU, she has been named Most Influential Women for 2011 by the Kansas City Business Magazine and received the Most Influential Women award by Midwest CEO Magazine in March 2009. She owns Tracy Thomas Advertising and Rolling River LLC.

Tracy Thomas
Photo by Alfred Pitzner

Tracy Thomas ’71, who lives in Shawnee, Kan., still remembers the impact the McGregor scholarship made on her life.

   Lenora McGregor’s interest in WSU began while she was taking Shakespeare courses through the English department. Her husband, the late Edward McGregor, was a Wichita lumber dealer. In 1963, through her estate, the Lenora N. McGregor Endowed Scholarship was established for those students enrolled full- or part-time at WSU. Her generous gift represents her faith in the university.


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