Spirit of the Gift
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Histories of the men and women behind WSU's scholarships and fellowships

Floyd W. Farmer Memorial Track Scholarship

On October 2, 1970 a total of 40 Wichita State University football players, athletic staff members and friends of the team were on their way to Logan, Utah, for a game with Utah State University. At approximately 3 p.m., their plane crashed on a mountain near Silver Plume, Colo., taking the lives of all but eight WSU players and one crew member.

In addition to player scholarships, five scholarship funds were created to honor each staff member who died in the crash. The Floyd W. Farmer Memorial Track Scholarship was established in memory of WSU ticket manager Floyd Farmer. Mr. Farmer participated as a track athlete in both high school and college, lettering as a quarter-miler under Coach Mel Patton at the University of Wichita in the 1950s. Additionally, Mr. Farmer coached high school track for ten years. While at WU, he received a degree in education in 1957 and a Master’s degree in education in 1964. In 1972, the memorial scholarship was first awarded by his children, Eric and Dana, and wife, Sharon Farmer Wasson, at a Special Awards Ceremony. By providing continued support for the scholarship, the family of Floyd W. Farmer has brightened the path for many students at WSU.

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