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Howard Payne University establishes scholarship in Colorado shooting victim's name

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 19 2012 06:24:37 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 20 2012 07:53:14 AM CST
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Scholarship has been established at Howard Payne University for a victim in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting in July.

Gordon Cowden, 51, was a 1984 HPU graduate.

Cowden was the oldest victim in the shooting.

Cowden's family was recognized Saturday night at the Spurs game in San Antonio against the Denver Nuggets.

Saturday would have also been Cowden's 52 birthday.

Howard Payne University and the family and friends of Gordon Cowden came together at the AT&T Center where university officials presented Cowden's sister with a plaque during the Spurs Faith and Family Night half-time show.

The Gordon Ware Cowden Presidential scholarship will provide the student with $60,000 for four years toward tuition at Howard Payne University.

George Cowden, Gordon Cowden's brother, said the scholarship would have mean a lot to Gordon because he has children in college.

"He has four children, two of which are already in college, but two of which will be college age, so it's very meaningful to have a scholarship which will help other children get to college, and get an education," said Cowden.

David Cash had been friends with Gordon since the tenth grade, and said Gordon would be honored to have a scholarship in his name.

"Well, I'm sure he would have a modest take on it; he would have something humorous to say about it. I think that he'd be flattered, and gratified to know that this is being established," said Cash.

It's a lasting gesture, bringing comfort to his family, and carrying on Gordon Cowden's name.