William Wilbanks Technical Communication Scholarship
For an undergraduate student who is a technical communication major. A minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent is required. Administered by the English Department Scholarships and Awards Committee in consultation with the Director of Technical Communication.
Dr. William Wilbanks was born in Temple, Texas on May 20, 1940. He grew up in Belton, TX and graduated as valedictorian of Belton H.S. in 1958. Wilbanks was an All-State basketball player on Belton's 1958 state AA championship team and played his freshman year at TTU and three additional years at Abilene Christian College, where he graduated in 1963. He received M.A.s at Abilene Christian College, Sam Houston State University, and the State University of New York at Albany. In 1975, he completed his education with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York.
Wilbanks went on to teach criminal justice for 25 years at Florida International University in Miami. He is a prolific writer with more than 20 books and 70 journal articles to his name. His last six books honor police officers killed in the line of duty. Recently, Wilbanks retired to his hometown of Belton, where he continues to write. Wilbanks built the Belton H.S. Athletic Wall of Honor in 2001 honoring 72 Belton athletes and five state championship teams from 1909-2001.
Over the years, Dr. Wilbanks has assisted a number of college students by providing financial aid. Susan Stotzer was just one of many fortunate students.