New Flowers Memorial Scholarship Established for Upsilon Xi

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Lee University recently announced the new John H. and Betty A. Flowers Memorial Scholarship for members of Upsilon Xi, the oldest fraternity on Lee’s campus.

Ty Abernathy, Johnette Flowers Stewart, and Johnny Abernathy establish new scholarship.

The scholarship was initiated by Lee alumnus Ty Abernathy, along with his brother, Johnny Abernathy, and mother, Johnette Flowers Stewart. According to Ty, his family wanted to honor and remember his grandparents, John and Betty Flowers, in this enduring way. Coupling his love of family with their love of Upsilon Xi, the scholarship was the perfect way to memorialize them and financially help members of the Greek service club, Upsilon Xi.

“My and my brother’s closest friends to this day, 25 years later, are those we met while at Lee and in Upsilon, and we have a tight knit, solid group of friends from that time in our lives,” said Ty Abernathy. “I have learned that access to higher education can positively alter the trajectory of one’s life. My grandparents did not have an opportunity to attend college, but they did everything they could to help me and my brother while we were students at Lee, so we are ‘paying it forward’ by ‘giving back’ to honor them.”

The scholarship will be awarded to Upsilon Xi members who major in psychology or business and reside in Georgia or Mississippi.

“Through the generosity of Ty, Johnny, and Johnette, the Flowers Memorial Scholarship fund will bless Lee University students for generations to come,” said Dr. Brad Moffett, vice president for University Relations. “I believe strongly that the world needs a place like Lee, and Lee needs people like this family to provide a transformative Christ-centered higher education experience to our students. I am grateful for their investment in our students, and I look forward to seeing this scholarship grow in the years to come.”

Donations can be made by mailing a check to Central Gifts made out to Lee University or by visiting

For more information about the John H. and Betty A. Flowers Memorial Scholarship, email Carolyn Carroll at

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