WTAMU former athlete gives nearly $2 million for women’s athletic scholarships, program support

Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 11:01 AM CDT
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CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - A former West Texas A&M University athlete pledged nearly $2 million to provide scholarships for student athletes and assistance for each of WT’s women’s athletics teams.

Judy Fugate, an Amarillo resident who played badminton and bowled for WTAMU in the 1960s and 1970s, has set up the Judy Fugate Lady Buff Scholarship endowment. The endowment is a $1.85 million legacy gift to the One West campaign.

In its inaugural year, at least one athlete in every women’s sport at the University will receive a scholarship.

The money will also allow the creation of the J. Fugate Fund for Lady Buffs Athletics, which will provide critical program support for every women’s team.

“WT gave me the education to make a comfortable living and have a good life,” Fugate said. “I hope that, by endowing a scholarship, we can help young women who may not be as fortunate.”

Fugate competed in a team before Title IX guaranteed equal access and quality in athletic programs at federally funded educational institutions across the nation.

“Judy, I can only imagine the challenges that you and many other Lady Buffs faced in order to compete,” said Dyke Rogers, co-chair of the One West campaign. “Thank you for your dedication and perseverance not only then, but now as you set an example for others to follow through your generous philanthropy.”

Today, WT boasts women’s teams in basketball, softball, cross country, golf, soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball.

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