Alva Sonic Scholarship endowment reaches $20,000

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Alva Sonic Scholarship endowment reaches $20,000

May 13, 2010

 Alva Sonic Scholarship
Alva Sonic Drive-In owner Gary Adams (left) presents a check for scholarship funds to Northwestern Foundation CEO Skeeter Bird (right).

Northwestern Foundation Release

Each year, Gary and Karen Adams give back to their community and Karen’s alma mater, Northwestern Oklahoma State University. To date, their annual gifts to the university have formed a scholarship endowment worth more than $20,000.

In 2001, after years of contributing to Northwestern, the Adamses, in partnership with Sonic’s M.D. Jirous Foundation, created the Alva Sonic Scholarship in celebration of Alva Sonic Drive-In’s 40th anniversary.

Students from Alva, Lamar, Colo., Warren, Ark., Hobbs, N.M., and Augusta, Kan.—communities where the Adamses own Sonics—are encouraged to apply.

“I consider Gary and Karen Adams to be good friends and great citizens of Alva,” said Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO. “They are both heavily involved in our community and help our area in many ways.

“We are honored that they have chosen to invest in our students. Not only have they routinely employed many students in their business, but they have also chosen to assist in student education with the establishment of this generous endowed scholarship.”

Karen (Arndt), class of 1991, was a student at Northwestern and an employee at Alva Sonic Drive-In when she met Gary, the co-owner of Sonic. Five years later, they married.

Today, the couple continues their commitment to Alva not only through the operation of Sonic but also through support of Northwestern and its students.

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