By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Phillips University, which was a major educational force in the Enid area for many years, was honored Tuesday by Enid City Commission with a proclamation from Mayor John Criner.
Phillips closed in 1999 and the campus now is home to Northern Oklahoma College Enid.
Phillips was founded in Enid in 1907 under the name Oklahoma Christian University, which was the first private Christian university in Oklahoma Territory.
According to information from the school, it became known for its academic excellence and from 1907 to 1999 awarded more than 13,000 diplomas.
Phillips Legacy Foundation was formed in 2002 by the Phillips University Alumni and Friends Association with the mission of following in the tradition of Phillips University by providing scholarships and opportunities to educate and develop Christian leaders.
Since 2002, Phillips Legacy Foundation provided leadership training and has awarded more than $860,000 to 105 Legacy scholars.
This month, the foundation will bring scholars to Enid to attend the annual Phillips Legacy Scholars Leadership Conference.