Tarleton State University recently received the final gift of $300,000 from the estate of the late provost Dr. Robert C. “Bob” Fain to provide scholarships for students planning to teach secondary mathematics or chemistry.
Fain created the endowment in 1990 in honor of his wife, Patricia, who devoted her entire professional life to teaching math, including 25 years at Stephenville High School, a press release stated.
“We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the late Dr. Bob and Pat Fain and their philanthropic commitment,” stated Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio in the release.“Their gift provides a direct and lasting impact on our students and leaves a legacy for future generations.”
Fain joined Tarleton’s Department of Physical Sciences in 1966 as an associate professor. He became head of the department in 1968 and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 1970.
He was named dean of academic affairs in 1979 and the university’s provost and vice president of academic affairs in 1980. When he returned to the classroom 16 years later, his stint as university provost and vice president of academic affairs was the second-longest in the nation.
During Fain’s service as provost, Tarleton developed policies on academic admission and retention and created current procedures for faculty promotion and tenure. He served under three university presidents and saw student enrollment more than triple.
Fain fully retired from Tarleton in 2003 and died Aug. 6, 2016, at age 79.
Scholarships are awarded annually to students majoring in math or chemistry with plans to teach at the secondary level. Students receive part of the scholarship during their freshman year and part upon completion of their first semester in the teacher education program.
Recipients of the scholarship must have a 3.0 GPA and the potential to be certified in math or chemistry.