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David Shoup ’91George Shoup, Jr. loved his home state of New Mexico and he loved McMurry University.

So, when he died in 2012, the Shoup Family didn’t have to think twice about how to honor his legacy. They established the Shoup Memorial Scholarship fund at McMurry.

And who will benefit from that legacy? New Mexico students bound for McMurry, of course. Shoup didn’t attend McMurry, but he had a strong connection with the University, the United Methodist Church, and New Mexico. The elder Shoup was a member of the McMurry Board of Trustees in the 1990s and served as chairman of the board for several years. His son is now following in his footsteps, not only running the family business, Constructors, Inc., in Carlsbad, but also serving on the McMurry Board of Trustees.

Even though David was assured a spot in the family business after graduating from high school, his father demanded that he get a college degree. David didn’t hesitate. He immediately chose McMurry.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business in 1991, David immediately went back to Carlsbad to join the company that his grandfather, George Shoup Sr., founded in 1958.

David Shoup ’91 QouteToday, David is following in his father’s footsteps in another way—he also touts McMurry every chance he gets. His daughter, Sydney, was sold on her dad’s sales pitch and enrolled as a freshman this fall.

David is pleased that the Shoup Memorial Scholarship will allow future students from New Mexico, with strong academics and a financial need, to attend his alma mater. He knows his father would be proud.

“We thought it was important to continue his legacy,” David said.