Northwestern Foundation announces Scholarship Drive totals

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Northwestern Foundation announces Scholarship Drive totals

April 28, 2010

Northwestern Foundation Release

 Scholarship Drive 2010
Northwestern Foundation CEO Skeeter Bird (right) recognized Ed Sutter (left) along with his teammate, Teresa Sutter, for collecting the most scholarship funds off campus during the annual Alva Scholarship Drive.
The 2010 Alva Scholarship Drive, which ended March 24, collected a total of $75,591 for Northwestern Oklahoma State University scholarships, the Northwestern Foundation announced today.

“During these uncertain economic times, I’m pleased to see that the people of Alva’s generosity remains strong,” Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, said.

On-campus Scholarship Drive captains raised $28,936, an increase of $8,997 from 2009. Off-campus teams collected $46,655, an increase of $23,310 from 2009.

“Once again our alumni, supporters and employees demonstrated their unwavering support for Northwestern and its students,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, Northwestern president, said. “As our enrollment grows, the need for student scholarships also grows, and those individuals and businesses who contributed to the Scholarship Drive have our sincere appreciation. Their loyalty to Northwestern is unsurpassed.”

In addition to funds raised, the on-campus captains and off-campus teams recruited seven new Millennium Club members. The Foundation established the Millennium Club, a giving program dedicated to building an additional $25 million scholarship endowment over the next decade, to provide financial support for continuing students. When fully funded, the Millennium Club will provide approximately $1.25 million annually to deserving students.

Each year, the off-campus teams and on-campus captains are recognized for their achievements during the drive.

This year, the on-campus captain who raised the most scholarship funds was Denise Bay. The off-campus teammates collecting the most to benefit Northwestern students were Ed and Teresa Sutter.

Natalie Miller recruited the most new Millennium Club members on campus, and Barbara Rockenbach and Karen Linstrum recruited the most new members off campus. Marietta Washington, on campus, and Thelma Crouch and Charla Turner, off campus, made the most contacts during the drive.

Mayor Arden Chaffee and Dr. Mike Knedler, chairs, led the off-campus teams, including Dr. Troy and Liz Smith, Paul Corr and Dr. Tim Maharry, Rockenbach and Linstrum, Karen Koehn and Marilyn Myers, Wes Miller and Jessie Schroeder, Jason Bryant and Rick Cunningham, Chaffee and Kathy Earnest, David Noland and Eric Schmaltz, Johnny Jones and Dr. Janet Cunningham, Rocky Ferrell and Knedler, Rod Gourley and David Pecha, Pat Headlee and Dr. Sandra Petree, Mac and Jerrie McKinley, Don Thomas and Lizabeth Richey, Helen Thiesing and Bird, Dr. Mike Meier and Dr. Steve Lohmann, Ed and Teresa Sutter, Deb Corr and Dr. Carole McKenzie, Sarita Simon and Patrick Harris, and Crouch and Turner.

The on-campus teams were led by Dr. James Bowen, chair, and team captains included Julie Barraza, Bay, Tammy Brown, Mary Brune, Angelia Case, Dr. Cheryl Evans, Dr. Deena Fisher, Maharry, Dr. Chandler Mead, Miller, Dr. Venkata Moorthy, Dr. Dean Scarbrough, Nicole Towns and Washington.

For more information about contributing to scholarships at Northwestern or joining the Millennium Club, contact Bird at 580-327-8599 or