Texas Tech University

Truman and Virginia Camp English Scholarship

For an English major who exhibits leadership and promise, has some financial need, and exemplifies those qualities of academic achievement deserving of such a prestigious award. Administered by the Student Awards and Scholarships Committee. One award per year.  Established in 1982, the first award given in Fall 1983 was for $250.

Dr. Truman Wildes Camp (December 6, 1904 - January 23, 1998) was born into a family of teachers and raised in Newington, Connecticut. He attended New Britain High School and then entered Yale in 1922, graduating with honors in 1926.  Two years later UT Austin hired him to teach and he did so for 4 years.  He went back to Yale and earned his doctorate in English in 1935. Tech hired him to teach English a couple of weeks later.  Described as an 18th century specialist, Dr. Camp taught for 38 years in the English Department at TTU. For 16 of these years (1946-1962), he was chair of the English Department. In 1964, Dr. Camp was the President of the Conference for the College Teachers of English. During World War II, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, rising to captaincy. In his free time Dr. Camp visited and camped in most of the national parks and monuments and in all the states of the U.S.A, and visited and often camped in all of the continents except Antarctica. He also served a year as president of the Lubbock Public Library.  Dr. Camp retired from TTU in 1973 and moved to Dallas in 1984.

Virginia Chapman Camp (February 10, 1912 - March 21, 1994) was born in Redlands, California and spent her early years in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her undergraduate degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and her master's in art from Columbia University in New York City. She met Truman Camp in the mid-1930's at Texas Tech, where they were both teaching, and married him on August 1, 1940. Mrs. Camp taught art in the Home Economics Department at Texas Tech until the birth of their son, Roger Chapman Camp. Her hobbies included painting, sewing, and traveling.