Loyd Stout endows Ranger baseball scholarship

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Loyd Stout endows Ranger baseball scholarship

Foundation Release

June 5, 2012 

 Loyd Stout & Skeeter Bird
Loyd Stout (left) and Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, complete plans for the Loyd Stout Baseball Scholarship at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University students will once again benefit from the support of Loyd Stout, a former Northwestern baseball, basketball and football standout. Stout endowed the Loyd Stout Baseball Scholarship, which will provide financial assistance to Northwestern continuing students on the baseball team.

“Loyd has been a huge help in recruiting dollars for students during our annual scholarship drive,” Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, said. “His passion for our students has been unmatched for many years.”

Stout started his college career as a Ranger in 1942 as he represented both the Northwestern baseball and basketball programs. However, his college career was put on hold as he became a merchant mariner during World War II.

Known for shutting down the star player for the opposing team, Stout rejoined the Rangers for his junior and senior seasons after returning home from the war and was named all-conference in basketball. Stout was captain of the Rangers’ 1949 national tournament basketball team and also played on the Ranger football and baseball teams. In 1993, Stout was inducted into the inaugural class of the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame.

While participating in sports and working more than 40 hours a week doing odd jobs, Stout earned his degree from Northwestern in 1949. Upon graduation, Stout began working at Boeing during the winter, and during the spring, he participated in minor league baseball spring training in Vernon, Texas.

Following his brief stint of playing pro baseball, he became a coach and science and shop teacher at Byron-Driftwood. After 17 years, Byron-Driftwood consolidated with Burlington, and Stout went in a different direction. Stout got the job in Cherokee as coach of the freshman boys and girls basketball teams. In his second year, he became head girls varsity basketball coach and enjoyed a very successful career as he won numerous championships.

Now retired, Stout just enjoys going to the games, he said. He and his late wife, Martha (Coppock) of Cherokee, enjoyed 55 years of marriage and had three children, Mickey, Gayle and Paula, and five grandchildren.

As someone who worked hard to earn his degree, Stout said he hopes his scholarship goes to someone in need.

“We are so pleased that he has chosen to make such a large investment in our students when the opportunity became available,” Bird said. “Loyd and his whole family have been such a huge part of Northwestern for so many years; it is indeed an honor to house this scholarship.”

Full-time continuing students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average are eligible for the Loyd Stout Baseball Scholarship. Applicants must be active members of the baseball team. The scholarship may be applied toward university-related expenses, such as tuition, fees, room, board or books.

For more information about investing in Northwestern students, call Bird at 580-327-8599 or email him at aebird@nwosu.edu.

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