H. Thomas Watkins, III ’74 and Wendy R. Watkins of Lake Forest, Illinois, and their family created the Watkins Family 1693 Scholarship Endowment. A former Tribe football player, Tom earned a bachelor’s in accounting from the university and has had a successful career in the healthcare industry. He currently serves on the university’s Board of Visitors and has served as vice rector. Tom is an emeritus member and former chair of The College of William & Mary Foundation Board. Tom also served as trustee of the William & Mary Business School Foundation and was a member of the For the Bold campaign cabinet.
Two of Tom and Wendy's children, Catherine ’05 and Hays ’11, earned degrees from the university, and Tom's father, Hays T. Watkins Jr. (HON ’82), is a former Rector of the William & Mary Board of Visitors.