Alumnus’ planned gift to support physics students
by Anastasia Cisneros-Lunsford
Texas State University alumnus Richard Griffin honors his late mother, Annette Griffin, with an estate gift to The Griffin Family Endowed Scholarship.
Richard Griffin may have had his fair share of rough patches during his college experience, but he had help along the way, especially from his mother, Annette.
Griffin worked throughout college, but sometimes the money ran out before the days in the month. More than a few times his mother came to the rescue and provided extra funds to make ends meet. That act of love served him well at Texas State, and now Richard has continued that generosity with a planned gift toward The Griffin Family Endowed Scholarship.
“My mother was a great woman,” he says. “When she gave me the extra funds, there were no strings attached. She entrusted me to work and get good grades. I wanted to pay it forward.”
Griffin established the scholarship in honor of Annette, who lost her battle with cancer in 2013. The scholarship supports deserving junior and senior students majoring in physics.
Earning a bachelor of science degree in physics with a minor in mathematics from Texas State in 2006, Griffin now serves as the director of commercial operations at FairfieldNodal, a seismic service company located in Houston specializing in oil and gas exploration.
A planned gift offers tax-free advantages, as Griffin allocated a portion of his assets to fund the scholarship in the future. “This endowment gift [once funded] will grow and assist those who show their desire to get the most from college,” he says.