Texas Tech University

Willard Williams Former Student Memorial Scholarship


The Willard F. Williams Former Student Memorial Scholarship was established by the family, friends, colleagues, and students of Dr. Willard F. Williams in 1988. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students with a classification of sophomore or higher with a minimum 3.0 GPA, majoring in Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Willard Williams earned degrees from Oregon State University, University of California at Berkley and Purdue University. He served in World War II as a B-24 pilot and married his wife, Damaris, upon his arrival home. From 1955 to 1960, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and then went to work as an agricultural economics professor at Oklahoma State. In 1963, he was chosen as the head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University. He was head of the department until 1970 when he chose to step down and focus on teaching. He was also the owner and operator of Tara, Inc.

Willard Williams passed away in 1984 and left behind his wife, three sons, Gary, Robert, and Bruce, and two daughters, Christine and Lynda.

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Alex Yack
Senior Director of Development

Matt Williams
Associate Director of Development

Tanner Rex
Assistant Director of Development