New CU scholarship created in man’s memory

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

The family of the late W.L. Baker recently endowed a scholarship at Cumberland University in his honor and memory.  

Baker, a well-known minister in Lebanon and the Middle Tennessee region, died Aug. 3 at the age of 105. At the time of his death, it was believed that he was Cumberland’s oldest living alumnus having received his bachelor’s degree from the university in 1930. 

According to the family, one of Baker’s fondest recollections was delivering the “Sermon on the Mount” from memory in Baird Chapel on campus in October 1975. He also received the prestigious Award of the Phoenix from the university in 1996.

“Through the establishment of the W.L. Baker Memorial Endowed Scholarship, his family is ensuring that Brother Baker’s enduring legacy at Cumberland continues for many years to come,” said Jonathon Hawkins, Cumberland’s executive director of development and alumni relations. “Scholarship support is vital to the ongoing success of our students. Private gifts from alumni and friends such as the Baker family provide hope for many students who have earned access to – but may have difficulty affording – higher education. Financial assistance through endowments offers encouragement for students skilled and motivated enough to make their dreams reality. These scholarships are vital to Cumberland’s vision of academic excellence and improved access for all students.”

For more information about Cumberland’s scholarship program or to learn more about the university, visit cumberland.edu. 

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