This scholarship was established in honor of Knox Williams in 2015 by his children. Knox attended Bakersfield College between 1946 and 1949, earning his AA degree. Transferring to UCLA in the fall of 1949, he majored in business and graduated in 1951. After graduation, Knox and his wife, June, who also attended Bakersfield College, moved to Santa Barbara so June could attend UCSB for her BA degree in home economics. Knox established a scholarship in her honor in 2014, celebrating her life and their 62 years of marriage.
Knox was strongly influenced while he was a student at BC by faculty couple Wiley Logan and May Louise Jones who encouraged him to continue his education. Knox credits their interest as his inspiration to complete his degree at UCLA, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college, and to excel in his later endeavors. Knox owned and operated the very successful Rayne Water Conditioning, Inc. in North San Diego County for many years. Knox has been active in numerous charitable organizations, including the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation where he was the founding chair and long-time board member, the North County YMCA where he served as chair and was on the board for 22 years, the MiraCosta Community College board of directors and the UCLA Chancellor’s Associates. Knox has been an active Rotarian for 38 years, including serving as president of his local club.
The Williams Family has distinguished itself in Central and Southern California for decades. Bakersfield College is proud to call Knox and June Williams distinguished alumni and friends.