Dr. Nathan Willits Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Donor: Estate of Nathan Willits
The Dr. Nathan Willits Memorial Endowed Scholarship was funded by the Nathan A. Willits Trust to honor Nathan’s lifelong love for education and students. Upon completion of a Ph.D. program at Michigan State in soil physics, Nathan accepted a teaching position at Rutgers in the graduate department and began his career as an educator. In 1962, Nathan followed his heart to teach in a Christian environment, accepting an offer from a small Christian college where he taught and served as the academic dean and registrar. Four years later Nathan moved to Florida to help found a new Christian college, Clearwater Christian College. He wore many hats: academic dean, registrar, professor, all for which he accepted no pay.
Nathan’s dedication to his school and students went well beyond the classroom and his office as an administrator. In the summers, Nathan painted dorm rooms and performed general maintenance. He developed many personal relationships that continued over the years. He helped many students financially pursue student missionary projects and continued to support them as they became full-time missionaries.
After retirement and moving to Siloam Springs, Nathan’s love for Christian education benefited John Brown University. He volunteered, became an integral part of JBU’s host family program for international students, audited a class each semester well into his 80’s, and attended chapel services and Chai Time. The family of Nathan A. Willits is happy to see his legacy of love for Christ-centered education continued through the Dr. Nathan Willits Memorial Endowed Scholarship.