It is no secret Ouachita Baptist University has strong alumni support. Many supporters throughout the years have given a tithe, time, prayer and service. One couple in particular wants to make sure their legacy involves helping others.
Betty Oliver, a 1958 Ouachita graduate, and her husband, Bob, have been fortunate over the years. For more than 30 years, Bob worked as a Manager with IBM, and Betty works for the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Since his retirement, Bob has volunteered his time and service to the Arkansas Baptist Foundation and has been active as a deacon, committee chairman and treasurer of his church. Betty continues to work part-time coordinating the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Program in Arkansas and is very active in her church and in leadership roles in Arkansas agriculture.
"We've been fortunate and we're glad to be giving back," reflected Betty, a recent Ouachita trustee. One of the ways she and her husband give back to Ouachita is through two scholarship funds.
"I lost my twin brother, Billy Ferguson, several years back," she said. "We were very close." The Ferguson-Oliver Twin Scholarship in memory of Billy offers financial assistance to Ouachita students who are twins.
The Robert D. and Betty F. Oliver Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in honor of their parents, Henry E. and Annie E. Oliver and Lester B. and Dora C. Ferguson.
Ouachita is also in the Olivers' estate plans. "After our family is taken care of, our funds will go to the [Arkansas Baptist] Foundation and they'll make sure our scholarships are funded," Bob noted.
The Olivers said they both believe it is important to plan ahead and to make sure one's estate is handled properly.
"You have to decide what you want to do with your estate," he emphasized. "I feel like investing in the lives of young people, and I feel strongly about a Christian atmosphere. We know Ouachita provides both."