James Tews Scholarship

The James Tews Scholarship is created for students majoring in Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS).


A. A student enrolled full-time and in good standing at Winona State University.
B. A declared major in Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS)


Jim W. Tews, ’50, won seven letters while competing in athletics at Winona State: four in baseball, two in basketball and one in football. He was a member of the 1947 conference championship football team, and of four conference championship baseball teams from 1947-50.

Tews was one of the many multi-sport athletes who flourished during the post World War II era. He began his collegiate career at Saint Mary’s College but transferred to Winona State in 1947. From there, the Lewiston, MN High School graduate built a solid athletic career at Winona State. He was an offensive running back and a defensive linebacker on the Warriors’ 1947 championship team and played guard on the basketball teams of 1948 and 1949. Injuries spelled the end of the careers in each of those sports, but Tews was able to play four years of baseball for Luther McCown.

During his baseball career Tews played on four championship teams and finished with a career batting average of over .360.

After college, Tews taught and coached at Lamberton and St. Charles, MN schools. He then joined the J.R. Watkins Co. and, after several stops, eventually became division manager of Oregon. Tews later joined General Telephone and Electronics (GTE) from which he retired in 1986.

Tews has also contributed his time to the Greater Beaverton and Hillsboro, OR chapters of the Chamber of Commerce, Independent Telephone Association and has been a member of the Forest Grove, Rotary for 28 years.

“My experience at Winona State University helped prepare me for a career that involved sales. WSU faculty was always available for consultation on any issue, served as mentors and role models, and I never felt like a number in somebody’s grade book. Even back when I was graduating from Winona State I felt that I wanted to have a scholarship someday for other students. I would like other WSU students to have the same opportunities and experience which is the reason for this endowment.”

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Please submit an essay describing your personal and career goals and why this scholarship will make a difference.