Carolyn Sowell graduated in 1961 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and earned a master’s degree at Texas Tech. She taught in Midland until her retirement in 1994.
Carolyn’s mother, Mabel Williams Sowell, graduated from the College of Industrial Arts (now TWU) in 1926 with a degree in home economics education, and her father, Joe Lawson Sowell, is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Her parents highly valued education and wanted their children to earn college degrees.
Carolyn’s sister, Sally Murray and her late husband, Dr. Grover Murray, a former president of Texas Tech, established a scholarship endowment to honor Mabel. Sally and Carolyn have continued to increase the principal value of the endowment each year with their annual gifts to the TWU Foundation.
The legacy of Carolyn Sowell and her family’s philanthropy will continue with the establishment of a new scholarship endowment, the Carolyn E. Sowell Scholarship Endowment in Elementary Education. While Carolyn will begin contributing to this new endowment now, she also has provided for additional funding through her estate.
We are grateful for the Sowell and Murray families for investing in Texas Woman’s University students and honoring their families’ commitment to higher education.