Billy R. Tidwell Scholarship

This scholarship was created in honor and memory of Dr. Billy R. Tidwell to provide academic and tutorial assistance to student athletes at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Tidwell came to Sam Houston State University as a graduate assistant to Dr. Paul Pierce, in 1955 and earned his master’s degree from SHSU in 1956. After serving as assistant coach from 1955 to 1966 at SHSU, Dr. Tidwell taught physical education and received his doctorate from Texas A&M University in 1974. He was Sam Houston State University Athletic Director and Head Football Coach from 1974-77, and professor of physical education from 1977 to 1982. At the time of his untimely death in 1990, Dr. Tidwell was a successful Trinity businessman, having been owner and president of Tidwell Distributing Company since 1982. This scholarship was established to assist with education expenses.