Nay Family establishes new scholarship, lectureship to benefit agriculture business students

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Nay Family establishes new scholarship, lectureship to benefit agriculture business students

NWOSU Foundation Release

April 1, 2016

Darrell NayDarell Nay, a 1955 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, presents his alma mater and its students with the Nay Family Scholarship and the Nay Family Lectureship for Academic Enrichment.

As a former Northwestern Ranger baseball player with a degree in health and physical education, Nay said some of his favorite moments were on the baseball team.

“Playing baseball and basketball helped me to learn leadership and the expertise to teach, coach and inspire others in the art of fair play, honesty and hard work,” Nay said.

Today, Nay lives in Waxahachie, Texas, and is the president and CEO of The Nay Company, one of the leading construction providers for agricultural and food manufacturing industries.

He said Northwestern gave him a great opportunity for his education through his athletics scholarship. Now, Nay has decided to give back to Northwestern through a scholarship and lectureship designed to assist students and increase the entrepreneurial opportunities available to agriculture business majors.

Nay hopes the scholarship will “give a young person the opportunity to live out their dream of attending college in order to develop their skills for a productive lifestyle”

The recipient of the Nay Family Scholarship must be a full-time, continuing student at Northwestern and maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5. The recipient will be chosen by the Northwestern Scholarship Committee. First preference will be given to agriculture business majors. If none apply, all Northwestern students will be considered. Priority will be given to applicants from Garfield County, Okla. The scholarship will be applied toward University related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, room and board.

The lectureship will be known as the Nay Family Lectureship for Academic Enrichment. It intends to enhance the quality of the educational program for Northwestern students through faculty development. The lectureship will provide funding for the annual Enid Entrepreneur Seminar.

Nay said of the lectureship: “[I hope to] share with others the opportunities which I did not have growing up as a child.”

For more information on the Nay Family Scholarship, the Nay Family Lectureship for Academic Enrichment or about investing in Northwestern students, call Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at 580-327-8599 or email him at