The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 21, 2013

'59 Phillips graduate challenging foundation to raise money

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Phillips University Legacy Foundation has been offered a $50,000 grant if it can raise $11,000 more dollars by Thursday.

Kelly Coker, vice president and executive director of the foundation, said Richard Fearnow, a 1959 Phillips University graduate living in Lakeland, Fla., has pledged that if the Foundation raises $100,000 by Aug. 1, he will donate an additional $50,000.

As of Friday, the Foundation has raised $89,000 toward the challenge.

“Mr. Fearnow has given Phillips University graduates, former students and citizens of Enid a tremendous opportunity to make an impact with a gift to the Phillips University Legacy Foundation, as each dollar given will become $1.50,” said Nancy Nicholson Phillips, president of the Legacy Foundation and 1971 Phillips University graduate.

Legacy Scholars are chosen on the basis of proven scholarship, leadership and service. In addition to receiving the scholarship funds, the scholars attend a four-day, all-expense-paid leadership training conference annually, and each is required to complete an annual service project that is presented at the conference.

“The leadership and service components of the Phillips University Legacy Scholarship are what make our program unique,” Phillips said. “We don’t just hand them a scholarship check and say, ‘Congratulations.’ We want to equip these young people to become Christian leaders in their communities and to inspire in each a passion for community service. Each year, I am amazed at what our scholars have accomplished. Whether it is organizing a mission trip, raising money for St. Jude’s hospital, teaching job skills at a women’s shelter, or fundraising and organizing a Thanksgiving dinner for Congolese refugees, the Legacy scholars are truly making a difference in the world around them.”

Pledges and donations can be made online at or by calling the Foundation office at (580) 237-4433. Pledges must be fulfilled by one year from the date of the pledge.