Wayne Webster (’98, WW) largely credits Embry-Riddle for his financial success. A lifelong learner and advocate for higher education, he says his Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle significantly increased his earnings — to the point that he was able to retire early. He also holds two undergraduate engineering degrees from other universities.
“A college education is something that no one can take away from you,” he says. “I can’t encourage young people enough to go to college and stick it out. I know it’s hard work, but the effort is worth it and lasts a lifetime.”
Webster can attest to the time and financial investment required. He put himself through school, working and attending classes full time. But, he says it was more affordable when he was a student. “When I started college in 1973, tuition was $16 per credit hour. I look at the current prices of tuition, and I’m just astounded.”
Webster recently made a planned gift to Embry-Riddle that upon his death will establish the Wayne C. Webster Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship will benefit students with financial need who are studying engineering in the College of Aeronautics at the Worldwide Campus.
“Wayne’s gift will help future students earn their degrees, and it will also serve as a lasting testament to his generosity and his strong support of education,” says Kathleen Hennessy, senior director of development at Embry-Riddle.
A self-professing Christian, Webster says his faith fuels his philanthropy. He says, “Giving back is just part of life, and not just money, but also your time.”
Making a planned gift to Embry-Riddle was simple, Webster says. “I highly encourage and recommend everyone to give back.”
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