The William J. and Betty J. Wampler Scholarship

The William J. and Betty J. Wampler Scholarship was established by their son, Jon, to honor his father and mother.

William J. Wampler was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives. Wampler served in the Marine Corps during WWII from 1943-46 as a corporal. He was a recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with four stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.

After the war, he enrolled at Indiana University where he met his future wife, Betty Boxell. He continued his education at IU after their marriage, and majored in business. As a sousaphone player, he was the sergeant major of the Marching Hundred Band at IU under the direction of Dr. Newell Long. After graduating, the Wampler's settled in Marion, IN, where he worked as a successful gasoline retailer and representative of U-Haul Rentals.

Due to his active involvement in Grant County Republicans, Wampler was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1961, where he served the House Ways and Means committee. He was honored to be invited to and attend the presidential inaugurations of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

The Jacobs School of Music is proud to award The William J. and Betty J. Wampler Scholarship to students of the Jacobs School majoring in a lower brass instrument, such as the euphonium, trombone or tuba.