The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 21, 2013

EPS Foundation gets $316,000 gift from Davis Trust

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Ray Davis Family Trust has pledged the single largest gift in the history of Enid Public School Foundation.

The Kevin and Vicki Davis Scholarship Program, created in honor of Enid businessman Ray Davis’ late children, is expected to amount to $316,000 over the span of 20 years.

“If they add more students as time goes on, we’ll add more money, because we’re committed to the students,” Ray Davis said.

Jennifer Fields, executive director of EPSF, said the scholarship program will pay tuition fees for high school seniors who attend University Center.

“The scholarships are based on financial need and will be awarded over the next 20 years,” Fields said.

Vicki Davis graduated from EHS in 1973, and Kevin Davis graduated in 1975. Vicki graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in restaurant management, while Kevin was close to completing a degree in construction management at OSU. Both were active in the community and their church, where they helped underprivileged young people.

Kevin died in a car accident in 1978, and Vicki died in a car accident in 1986.

Both also believed in education and knew their grandfather, Perry C. Davis, struggled to overcome a fourth-grade education, despite establishing a successful construction company in 1928.

P.C. Davis Construction built 18 buildings for Enid Public Schools, Phillips University, the CareerTech system and other area school districts, in addition to many other commercial and private projects.  

“The scholarship program reflects Vicki and Kevin’s values, and their belief that education has the power to change people’s lives forever,” Ray Davis said. “It is my sincere desire that this gift and these scholarships will do just that — give all young people access to an education that will transform their lives.”

“This will enable economically disadvantaged students to receive college credits, and to continue their educations beyond high school,” said Shawn Hime, superintendent of EPS. “It will also decrease the cost of a higher education, and make it much more likely they will obtain a college degree.”