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Drury Pledges Scholarships to Extreme Makeover Family

For Immediate Release: July 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 22, 2009 — A college education at Drury University for all of the Hampton children. That was the gift Charles Taylor, vice president for Academic Affairs at Drury, delivered to the Hampton family on Wednesday, July 22. ABC television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition built a new home for the Hampton family in just one week on the family’s land near Bois D’Arc, Mo.

Photo Gallery: Financial Aid Package Presentation
Drury’s Charles Taylor presents the Hampton family with financial aid packages for the children and athletic passes for the upcoming school year on Wednesday, June 22 at the Hampton’s new home near Bois D’Arc.

In an emotional moment at a news conference in front of the Hampton’s home, Taylor presented Chris and Niki Hampton with certificates that pledge “to each of the six Hampton children a financial aid package that will cover the cost of their tuition at Drury University.” Both parents hugged Taylor to express their gratitude for the donation. Taylor also presented the Hampton’s with passes for the entire family to all Drury athletic events for the 2009-2010 season.

“We have been so impressed with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and our efforts to incorporate these projects into learning experiences for our students we wanted to extend the opportunity for an education to the Hampton children,” Taylor said.

Photo Gallery: Working at the Site
Drury students, faculty and staff work to help the Hampton family’s Extreme Makeover.

Besides the tuition donation, dozens of Drury students, faculty and staff participated in the process of building the Hampton’s home spearheaded by Drury Associate Professor of Architecture Traci Sooter. This is the third Extreme Makeover build for Sooter. In 2005, Drury students constructed a bunkhouse at Camp Barnabas, a camp for developmentally disabled children, in Purdy, Mo.; and in 2007 Drury students worked on a project in Murfreesboro, Ar.

The Hampton’s received a door knock from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on July 14 and saw their home for the first time on July 21. The family’s 800 square foot farmhouse became extremely crowded when the family of four recently took in four nieces and nephews. The Hampton’s new home provides the family with much-needed comfort and space.

The show featuring the Hampton family will air on ABC in the fall.

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