Winners will be recognized at HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon

Berthe Meith
Olivia Catlett
Jessica Phariss

The Howard Payne University Women’s Club will honor Bertha Mieth of Glen Rose, Olivia Catlett of Alleyton and Jessica Phariss of Brownwood at this year’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon. Mieth was named a recipient of the prestigious Yellow Rose Award and Catlett and Phariss are recipients of the Yellow Rose Scholarship. Lunch will take place on Thursday 7 April.

The Yellow Rose Award is presented annually to a woman who has demonstrated exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence and who has played a significant role in executing the mission and vision of Howard Payne University . Recipients of the Yellow Rose Scholarship are female students who actively participate in campus life and exhibit leadership qualities representative of Howard Payne University’s core Christian values ​​and beliefs.

Mieth has been an active member of Baptist life for decades, serving in churches such as First Baptist Church Seminole, Calvary Baptist Lubbock and Lamar Baptist Church in Arlington. She is currently a member of First Baptist Church Glen Rose, where she is involved in the Women’s Missionary Union, sings in the adult choir and plays handbells. Mieth also worked with the Texas State Department of Welfare for several years. During 68 years of marriage, Mieth supported her husband, Ben, founder of the International Commission, an organization that has reached millions for Christ since its founding in 1972. They have three children, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. -children. Mieth’s daughter, Miki Martin ’80, son-in-law Woody ’80 and grandson Dr. Ben Martin ’04 are HPU alumni. Martin is Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at HPU. His granddaughter Charis Mayton is currently a student at HPU. The Mieths have grown to love and support the university in many ways over the years.

“Ms. Mieth is a wonderful woman of God who loves and faithfully serves HPU,” said Melinda Hines, First Lady of HPU and President of the Women’s Club. “I’m so glad we can honor her in this way.”

Catlett is a junior elementary education major and enjoys being active on campus. She is involved with intramurals and was a member of the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) team in 2020. She is a student in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Outside of school, Catlett works as an intern for May First Baptist Church where she also helps teach Sunday School and 6th grade classes on Wednesday evenings. Catlett has a heart for missions and has served overseas in Peru and Brazil. After graduating, she hopes to continue serving in missions as a teacher.

Phariss is a second-year social work student with a minor in cross-cultural studies. She is a member of the BSM leadership team and is involved in her church, Southside Baptist Church in Brownwood. Through her church, Phariss enjoyed serving in Vacation Bible School and as a youth group leader. She has also traveled twice to Honduras on mission trips to share the gospel and serve through community evangelism. Phariss plans to pursue a master’s degree and is interested in community outreach and counseling.

“These two ladies so deserve the Yellow Rose scholarship,” Hines shared. “Their love for the people around them and for the Lord is evident and I look forward to seeing how God will continue to use them at Howard Payne and beyond.”

This is the first year that two students will receive the Yellow Rose scholarship.

“I can’t express how grateful I am to all of our table sponsors who have helped the HPU Women’s Club provide an additional scholarship this year,” Hines said. “The generosity of our community and the HPU family brings me so much joy.”

The luncheon is held annually with the support of many sponsors. This year’s Diamond level sponsor is Ann Jones Real Estate. Gold level sponsors are Bangs Flower and Gift Shop; Class of 1973; Mrs. Wendy Grooms; Mr. Neal and Ms. Sharon Mitchell Guthrie; Dr. Ben and Mrs. Ashley Martin; Mr. Woody and Ms. Miki Martin; Mr. Ben and Mrs. Bertha Mieth; Mr. Bart and Mrs. Debra Johnson; Mr. Marlon and Mrs. Sherry Prichard; Robnett Integra Insurance Services and Ms. Cindy Robnett; and Texas Goldstar Real Estate. The blue level sponsors are Ms. Bobbette Bell; Ms. Laura Benoit and Dr. Shannon Sims; Mrs. Betty Broome and Dr. Julie Welker; Mrs. Kaye Cummings; Chickfil-A Brownwood; National Citizens Bank; Dr. Cory and Ms. Melinda Hines; Office of Finance and Business of HPU; Mrs. J’Net Pattillo; Mr. Robert and Mrs. Sally Porter; Ms. Leesa Stephens; Mr. Gary and Ms. Linda Sims; Texas Bank; and Willie’s T’s and HPU Stinger Store.

This year’s keynote speaker will be HPU alumnus Kari Dingler. She taught elementary music, led the music ministry at her church, and advocated for children nationwide and abroad. She and her husband, HPU alumnus Marc Dingler, have been married for 37 years and have three children.

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