ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University juniors Ricky Harrison and Carly Payne have been awarded Barney II/Moore Foundation scholarships for their servant leadership in the areas of ministry and community service. The awards are presented each year by the foundations in conjunction with the Servant Leadership Center of the Southwest at McMurry University.
In addition to the scholarships, the Foundations provide a donation in the students’ names to a charity of their choice. Harrison chose Proyect Abrigo’ in El Paso, while Payne selected Annunciation House, also in El Paso.
Carly Payne is a Christian Ministry Major and Servant Leadership Minor from Glen Rose Texas. Inducted earlier this semester, she is a member of the religious honor society Theta Alpha Kappa, as well as Alpha Chi, a coeducational academic honor society. Carly is a Student Preceptor for the Servant Leadership class, leading students in the class who serve at Windcrest, a care facility for those with memory-related diseases. Carly is also an active member of McMurry Religious Life, serving on the leadership team as the Life Groups Ministry Team Coordinator.
Through Religious Life, Carly served as a member of the Borderland Mission Team in El Paso this Spring Break, working with the United Methodist-affiliated Houchen Community Center. Carly will travel later this spring with McMurry in Motion to Zimbabwe and the West Bank. Carly enjoys her work as a student intern at Aldersgate UMC working with the Jesus Class, a group for members in the congregation with developmental disabilities. In the summer, Carly has enjoyed working as an intern at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak, Alaska well as Glen Lake Camp in Glen Rose wher
e she will return this summer on Cabin Staff. Author Marianne Williamson writes in a poem, “we ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are we not to be?” Carly is grateful for the McMurry community for prodding her to think deeper, dream bigger, and working with her to do things she didn’t think she could do.
A native of Dallas, TX, Ricky Harrison is currently a religion student at McMurry University. Ricky has been actively involved in youth ministry previously as a student and currently as a young adult advocate for the past nine years. As a youth in high school, Ricky served on youth ministry boards at the Local Church, District, Conference, Jurisdictional, and Global levels. Now a college student, Ricky enjoys working with and empowering young people all across the South Central Jurisdiction. As a student at McMurry, he has traveled through the New Mexico, Northwest Texas, and North Texas Annual Conferences leading workshops and preaching at youth gatherings of various sizes.
Ricky has a special passion for empowering young people to step into leadership and fully participate in the shaping of the present and future of our Church. His passionate heart for mission work also keeps him working closely with organizations both domestic and abroad from Shiprock, NM to West Dallas to Juarez, Mexico.
Ricky also has a passion for education – meshing the heart and the head in order to find a way to live out his faith in the real world. He has studied at the Duke Youth Academy, Perkins School of Youth Ministry, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religion with a double minor in Greek and Sociology at McMurry University. He constantly strives to connect his experience in the academic world with practical applications in the everyday world. As a young adult leader, Ricky seeks to empower other young people to cultivate and activate the strong leader and theologian which lie within us all.
The Barney II/Moore Foundations Scholarship is a nationwide scholarship that partners with McMurry in recognizing students on their local campus as well as in the Foundation’s national newsletter.