Cleburne High School 2020 graduates London Walker and Cason Gregory are the newest recipients of the Jimmy and Cathy Campbell Endowed Scholarship Fund in the College of Business at The University of Texas at Arlington.
For the first time since the establishment of the scholarship in 2015, two members from the same CHS graduating class have been chosen for the award, which offers four-year, half-tuition funding for any major within the UTA College of Business.
The Campbells, both members of the CHS Class of 1967, were pleased to learn about the latest Yellow Jackets pursuing college degrees with the aid of “their” scholarship.
“We recently received the news about these two great candidates,” Jimmy Campbell said. “Cathy and I find out who has been awarded the scholarship after the recipients are told. The university handles all aspects of the scholarship, from the reviewing of applications to the selection of recipients. Like us, the university wants the best candidates possible to receive the scholarship. The UTA College of Business matched our funding when the endowment was created.”
“Both these young men are accomplished, and that’s what we had in mind when we established the scholarship,” he said. “Not only are these kids smart, they are quality individuals. I think what the Business School can provide to these two will give them a tremendous future.”
Both Walker and Gregory graduated with honors from CHS as members of the Top Ten Percent. That achievement is included in the Campbell Scholarship criteria, along with a commitment of earning a Bachelor’s degree in the area of business.
“This is where we hoped it would go — to great graduates of CHS, who will be great students for UTA,” Jimmy Campbell said. “We decided to involve the academic leaders in the graduating class in our scholarship criteria to ensure they would meet UTA’s entrance requirements. We also felt, by their high school academic records, they could meet the rigor of instruction at the college level.”
While UTA serves as Jimmy Campbell’s college Alma mater, along with the Campbell’s two sons, it was Cathy Campbell, who went to The University of North Texas, who suggested the creation of the scholarship.
“I just felt it was something Jimmy would want to do — and something we could do,” she said. “I am thrilled with these two recipients. They are just what we had in mind from the beginning. We hope they will help promote the scholarship and UTA.”
Walker, who served as the 2020 class salutatorian, was a four-year member of the Golden Pride Band and also performed in the CHS Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He was the trumpet section leader during marching season as a junior and senior and served as secretary on the band council. He was a state qualifier in UIL Solo and Ensemble from the time he was a freshman and was selected for the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Band as a senior.
He also competed on the Jackets junior and varsity soccer teams. Walker added UIL Academics to his resume as a senior, competing in mock trial and informative speaking events. He served as Beta Club president for the Class of 2020 throughout high school and was also a member of National Honor Society.
As a first-year student at UTA, his plans are to double major in management and marketing.
Gregory announced his plans to attend UTA early in his senior year — during a fall signing ceremony to continue his baseball career with the Mavericks. In the position of short stop, he was a member of the Jackets varsity baseball team all four years, earning numerous All District, All County and state level awards and recognitions.
He was also a member of Beta Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Student Leadership and Junior Pride. He is studying sports marketing at UTA.
The Campbells are pleased to see these new additions to the list of Cleburne graduates who have benefited from the College of Business scholarship. Several are now working on master’s degrees.
“I’ve liked watching how UTA has changed and grown from the campus it was when I first enrolled in 1967 to what it is today,” Jimmy Campbell said. “It’s incredible. We’re happy to help these outstanding CHS graduates go on to college. Hopefully they can one day pass it on.”
Both speak with pride when they discuss the achievements of these students, who were able to earn college degrees with some help from two fellow Yellow Jackets.
“We would love to see more of our Cleburne students consider UTA,” Cathy Campbell said. “They hear about a lot of the colleges and universities in our area, but they need to take a look at UTA and the great programs they offer — including the College of Business.”