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Taylor Reid of Harper receives HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

By Emily Peisker, HPU Senior

BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club recently awarded the 2016-2017 Yellow Rose Scholarship to Taylor Reid of Harper. The award was announced during the annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Taylor Reid and Dr. Hutchins for webReid is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and participates in the biology department work program helping with lab preparation and organization. She is also active in the School of Education and has played for HPU’s varsity volleyball team for two seasons.

In the offseason, Reid has joined intramurals at HPU as both a player and a referee for various sports. She also volunteers with the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves on a committee within the FCA.

As an active member of Delta Chi Rho, Reid participated as a big sister in her sorority’s pledging process and served on the Spring Sing 2016 committee. Additionally, Reid was an honors student during her freshman year and is on the Dean’s List as a sophomore. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in biology and teach secondary science while coaching volleyball, track and field.

“Teachers and coaches, as well as my youth minister, have made a huge impact in my life and I want to do the same for others,” said Reid. “By serving as a teacher and a coach, I can share my light for God while hopefully making a Christian impact on students.”

Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology, serves as Reid’s academic adviser.

“When she first came to Howard Payne,” said Dr. Hutchins, “I remember being impressed with her as a student in my physiology class. As I’ve gotten to know her more, I see that she is a very joyful, kind and hard-working young lady who is willing to help others in any way that’s needed.”

The HPU Yellow Rose Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who will begin her junior year the upcoming fall semester and has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HPU. She is to have participated in campus extracurricular activities and exhibited leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs fundamental to HPU.

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or by e-mail at


Photo cutline: Taylor Reid, left, was recently named the recipient of HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship. She is pictured with Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology.

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