ENID, Okla. — A pair of Phillips University alumni have established a new scholarship program in partnership with Phillips University Legacy Foundation.
Becky and Richard Books, class of 1974, created the Varsity Club Scholarship "in honor of the strong ties that the Varsity Social Service Club provided in their undergraduate lives at Phillips and those bonds that continue to this day," a foundation news release said.
Scholarships provided through the Legacy Foundation are valued between $6,500 to $7,500 per year, PULF director of development J. Gottman said.
The purpose of the foundation is to "carry on the tradition of Phillips University by providing scholarships to undergraduate students who want to go to a school very much like Phillips," Gottman said.
Any undergraduate can apply for a Legacy Foundation scholarship so long as they are accepted into, and plan to attend, any one of 17 universities related to Christian Church Disciples of Christ, as Phillips University once was. For a full list of the 17 schools, visit the Legacy Foundation website at pulf.org/colleges-and-universities.
Applicants do not need to be members of Disciples of Christ, Gottman said.
The scholarships also are "leadership development" programs, he said.
Applicants are required to attend a leadership conference once a year where they also learn about the history of Phillips University.
Additionally, they are responsible for designing and carrying out a volunteer leadership project that is either involved with "the campus where they are currently an undergraduate student, or in their home community, and it's meant to be something that makes the world a better place," Gottman said.
According to the news release, the Books' have been long, strong supporters of the foundation.
"It is our hope that this endowed scholarship will lessen the financial burden that so many families face when sending their child or children to private undergraduate institutions that remind us of Phillips," the Books said, adding they hope their gift will encourage others to do the same.