Family, friends establish Irish and Loyce Erikson Agriculture Scholarship

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Family, friends establish Irish and Loyce Erikson Agriculture Scholarship

Northwestern Foundation Release

Irish and Loyce Erikson understood the importance of education and insisted that each of their children complete a college education. Irish attended Northwestern back in the late 1930s but was unable to finish his degree due to work and family responsibilities. Although Loyce did not attend college, she was very supportive of her children finishing their degrees.

Knowing how important education was to their parents, Irish and Loyce’s children established the Irish and Loyce Erikson Agriculture Scholarship in their memory. This scholarship will provide assistance to students majoring in agriculture at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Irish and Loyce Erikson were married March 31, 1942. The couple lived in Alva and the surrounding area their entire married lives. Irish was a long-time Woods County farmer and rancher and also served 29 years as a section foreman with the Santa Fe railroad. Loyce was devoted to her family and enjoyed helping Irish on the farm. During harvest and other busy times on the farm she took great pride in feeding the workers.

Each of the Erikson children attended Northwestern with Eldon, Janet and LeaAnn graduating from the school. Leon attended two years and completed his degree at Oklahoma State University. Eight grandchildren have also attended Northwestern. Daughter Lea Ann said, “Dad and Mom always said that an education was something that no one could take away. You have it forever.”

“The Erikson legacy of hard work and respect for education is captured in the establishment of this scholarship,” said Skeeter Bird, CEO, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association. “This gift will not only impact our students who receive the scholarship, but our community of farmers and ranchers also will benefit from those graduates who will apply their new knowledge.”

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