The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 18, 2013

Phillips University’s Legacy Foundation raises thousands of dollars in scholarship funds

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Phillips University may be gone, but the legacy lives on — literally.

The school closed for good in 1998, but Phillips University Legacy Foundation is keeping the university’s memory alive.

Recently, the foundation raised $173,600 for scholarships for students attending colleges and universities affiliated with the Disciples of Christ church.

 The fundraising drive got under way last September, when Richard Fearnow, a class of 1959 alumnus, challenged the foundation to raise $100,000 before Aug. 1, pledging to match it with an additional $50,000.

The foundation ended up raising $123,600, with a late push to put it over the top.

The foundation’s mission statement reads: “The mission of the Phillips University Legacy Foundation is to follow the tradition of Phillips University by providing scholarships and opportunities to educate and develop leaders who embody Christian values in their lives, service and work.”

But raising money for scholarships is only part of what Phillips University Legacy Foundation does.

A big part of the foundation’s work is the Legacy Scholars program.

The Legacy Scholarship and Leadership Training Program includes an annual four-day, all-expense-paid Leadership Conference, where scholars meet with leadership trainers and make presentations on their volunteer service projects.

Phillips University alumni attend the conference and teach the scholars the history of Phillips University.

The 2013 conference will be held in November at Pine Cove Conference Center in Tyler, Texas.

The Legacy Foundation also assists Phillips University Alumni & Friends Association in its historic preservation efforts to permanently showcase the university’s artifacts and memorabilia.

To that end, the Phillips University Gallery opened in 2011 at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

Phillips University may be gone, but it certainly isn’t forgotten.