The Littlefield native attended ASU on a Carr Scholarship to study government. He was active in intramurals, the Baptist Student Ministry and the Student Government Association, and was elected student body president as a senior.
“ASU has a vibrant, collegial community,” Yarbrough said. “I got to know a lot of people, and I still have most of those friendships today.”
As SGA president, Yarbrough also got to help facilitate ASU’s transition to the Texas Tech University System in 2007.
“When we were contemplating the transition, the Legislature wanted the students’ input,” Yarbrough said. “We had a vote among the students and everyone said, ‘Let’s go to the Tech system.’ So I went down to Austin and got to speak to the State Legislature. It was a very rewarding experience.”
“ASU has a vibrant, collegial community. I got to know a lot of people, and I still have most of those friendships today.”
After graduating from ASU, Yarbrough went to the Texas Tech School of Law, where he was named to the National Order of Barristers and delivered the student commencement address at his graduation.
Now a lawyer for the Sprouse Shrader Smith firm in Amarillo, Yarbrough is a board member of the Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association (AAYLA) and a district director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). In March, he was named the AAYLA Young Lawyer of the Month, and he was recently awarded the TYLA President’s Award of Merit. He is also treasurer of Amarillo’s Epilepsy Foundation of America affiliate.
For his outstanding college, career and community leadership, Yarbrough has been named the ASU Alumni Association’s 2014 Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus.
“I looked at the others receiving Alumni Association awards this year,” Yarbrough said, “and they are far more distinguished than I am. It is an honor to be included with them.”