NCTC professor establishes scholarship

Elizabeth F. Abu | Oct 25, 2018

North Central Texas College Professor Dr. Pat Ledbetter has established a memorial scholarship to honor her late husband Dr. Bill Ledbetter.

“Bill knew that higher education shaped our lives together, enabling two poor kids from East Texas to achieve our dreams,” said Pat Ledbetter. “With gratitude for the help we got along the way, he supported education in every possible way—from funding scholarships to personal advice and moral support. Since his death, a number of people have told me personally that without his help and encouragement, they probably would never have finished college.”

Bill Ledbetter was not only a professor at NCTC, teaching his first class at the college in 1970, but he also served on the Board of Regents for the college from 2004 to 2017.   

“While on the board, Dr. Ledbetter was instrumental in leading the college to success and tremendous growth,” said NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace.

“I believe that the best, really the only way, to honor his legacy is to endow scholarships in his honor,” added Pat. “I appreciate having the ability and the opportunity to do this for him.”

For more information about scholarships, contact NCTC Scholarship Coordinator Kim Carroll at


NCTC Professor Dr. Pat Ledbetter established the Bill Ledbetter Memorial Scholarship to honor her late husband. Pictured left to right are: NCTC Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Debbie Sharp, Dr. Pat Ledbetter, and NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace.