Scholarship: Barbara R. Faught Memorial Scholarship for Elementary Student Teachers
About the Sponsor
After living, working and raising a family in the Northwest and Hawaii, Bill Faught and his wife Barbara moved to Sacramento in their later years. Though neither was a Sacramento State alum, the Faught’s, both life-long learners, were drawn to the campus. The relationship grew initially from Mr. Faught doing volunteer work in Sac State’s career placement center, helping prepare students for the world of work. Their involvement grew when both Mr. and Mrs. Faught became involved in the arts program through the University Library. The experience proved so positive, Mr. Faught engaged several members of his River’s Edge retirement community to get involved with the Library arts program. In addition, Mr. Faught has participated in Sac State’s Renaissance Society, promoting learning in retirement. He has also audited classes on campus.
In the summer of 2006, when Mr. Faught lost his loving wife of 64 years, he wanted to do something special to honor her memory and celebrate a life well-lived. He turned to Sac State, trusting his “adopted” university to help him carry out his desire to ensure a lasting legacy. Mrs. Faught had a lifelong passion for teaching. She had grown up in very difficult circumstances, working through a special nursing degree program because she could not afford the education required to become a teacher at the time. Even after marrying, raising two children, and working as a nurse wherever Mr. Faught’s sales and marketing career in the computer industry took them, Mrs. Faught never gave up on her dream of becoming a teacher.
At age 40, Mrs. Faught earned her master’s degree at Whitworth College and her teaching credential at Gonzaga University. She was finally able to carry out her dream of becoming a teacher and taught second grade for the next ten years. Mrs. Faught’s decade of teaching service made her eligible for a retirement pension, which she put away into a savings account.
After her death, Mr. Faught and their two adult children, Eileen and Bill III, decided to honor Mrs. Faught in the best way they knew. Working with Sac State’s development office and using the money Mrs. Faught saved from her teaching pension, they established the Barbara R. Faught Memorial Scholarship Endowment for Elementary Student Teachers at Sacramento State. This wonderful and lasting tribute will assist students with financial need who are working toward their credential as elementary school teachers. Thanks to the Faught family’s generosity and their connection with Sacramento State, Mrs. Faught’s passion for teaching will live on through the careers of future teachers and the children they educate.