Vernon Faulconer’s interests were as wide as his impact on East Texas has been. Faulconer died on Aug. 7. He was 76.
The Tyler oilman and philanthropist will be remembered by the many, many Tyler area minority students who have benefited from the Faulconer Scholarship, which he established in 1990. Faulconer Scholarships are awarded to highly motivated African-American and Hispanic students who display a strong desire to advance themselves through higher education. Scholarship recipients receive up to five years of financial support while working toward a bachelor’s degree.
Faulconer’s example of philanthropy - with a focus toward specific outcomes - is something to be applauded and emulated. Sometimes, the urge to endow programs results in too great an emphasis on the donor, and too little on the recipient. Faulconer’s model brings about maximum impact, and ensures that the benefits will be seen by this community and others for many years to come.