Dr. James and Mrs. Karen Babcock Endowed Scholarship

James and Karen Babcock

Type: Endowed

Donor: James and Karen Babcock

Established: 2010

Dr. James Babcock grew up near Gentry, Arkansas, on a dairy farm in a family of eight with limited resources. He worked to support himself while attending JBU. Following a two-year stint in the Army as a paratrooper, James returned to JBU and graduated in 1974 with a B.S. Ed. He taught science for one year, and then attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas for a Ph.D. in chemistry, which was awarded in 1980.  He then earned an M.D. at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1984 and is a board-certified pathologist.

Mrs. Karen Babcock grew up in Passaic, New Jersey, and attended the college of Notre Dame in Baltimore.  She also has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Towson State University in Baltimore.  She moved to Port Neches, Texas, to work for Texaco Chemical, and that is where she met James.  They were married in 1996 and moved to Arkansas in 1999. Karen passed away in 2018.