The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


August 20, 2013

Letter: Phillips legacy indeed lives on

Thank you for the editorial in the Aug. 19 edition of the Enid News & Eagle titled “Legacy lives on” regarding the role of the Phillips University Legacy Foundation and your statement that “Phillips University may be gone, but it certainly isn’t forgotten.”  

I’m very excited about what has been accomplished in the name and memory of Phillips University.  

Since 2002, the Foundation has had 130 Scholarship recipients (known as Legacy Scholars) and has awarded over $1 million in college scholarships.

The Legacy Foundation is not just about scholarships — it’s also about leadership training and service to others.

Each Legacy Scholar attends an annual all-expenses paid Leadership Conference. The purpose of each conference is to provide substantive educational, personal and professional development opportunities that will enhance the growth and development of the Scholars’ individual and group leadership and life-building skills.

They work through team-building exercises, as well as personal challenges that can affect them for the rest of their lives. The Scholars select their own volunteer service projects, and, every year, I am humbled by their work. Projects have ranged from teaching job skills to battered women, organizing mission trips, to feeding and ministering to the homeless. This is an amazing group of young people that I am proud to say are the leaders of tomorrow — the legacy of Phillips University.

The Phillips University museum gallery at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is a beautiful memorial for Phillips University. It is a state-of-the-art Smithsonian-quality display. It not only preserves the memories of Phillips University, but also shows its influence on individuals, Enid, the state, the nation and the world.

The foundation couldn’t accomplish anything without its supporters. Thank you to the Phillips University alumni and Legacy Foundation friends that have made all of this possible.  

Kelly Coker, executive director of Phillips University Legacy Foundation

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