A new endowed scholarship established at Mississippi State is a memorial by his sisters to former Starkville businessman Clyde Patrick "Pat" Wade.
Mary Martha Morgan and Carol Lynn Crouse of Starkville, and Betty Hilton of Huntsville, Texas, created the endowment for students in the university's College of Forest Resources.
Wade, a 1982 MSU business administration graduate, owned Starkville Fence Co. Following his retirement in 1999, the Oktibbeha County native turned his attention to the tree farm he had begun in the early 1980s. He died in 2005 and also is survived by his parents, SFC founder Clyde and Martha Wade.
Though he had no children of his own, Pat Wade constantly worked to teach his nieces and nephews the values of conservation, as well as the enjoyment of the land and its resources.
"Many good students do not have the financial resources to enable them to complete a university education," observed Jim Shepard, head of the MSU forestry department. "This generous gift in memory of Mr. Wade will help a deserving student learn the knowledge and skills for a rewarding professional career in forestry."
The Wade Memorial Endowed Scholarship is available to majors in forestry or wildlife and fisheries. Candidates also must have achieved at least sophomore classification with a 3.0 overall grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale).
The Wade Scholarship is an open fund in the MSU Foundation and may be increased with additional contributions. For more information, contact Jeff Little,
CFR development director, at (662) 325-8151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.