Northwestern beneficiary of $500,000 in scholarship support

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Northwestern beneficiary of $500,000 in scholarship support

Aug. 10, 2011

 Foundation $500,000 Scholarship
Terry L. Stowers, Northwestern class of 1986, of Burns & Stowers, P.C., presents Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, with a check for $500,000 in scholarship support for Northwestern Oklahoma State University, the beneficiary of a class action cy pres distribution.

Beginning next fall, Northwestern Oklahoma State University students will receive scholarship support from the newly established Rule of Law Education Fund. The fund, totaling $500,000, was endowed by order of the Honorable Gerald H. Riffe, associate district judge for the District Court of Beaver County, as part of a class action cy pres distribution in which Northwestern is a beneficiary.

The fund’s purpose is to advance the Rule of Law in Oklahoma through the promotion of leadership, citizenship and education of Oklahoma’s youth. The Rule of Law, the cornerstone of society, is a legal-political regime that guarantees government accountability and protection of rights of individuals through equal access to a transparent and independent judicial system. The judicial system has numerous safeguards and procedural devices to ensure this equal access and protection—one of those devices is the class action.

In 1976, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Douglas, the longest serving justice in U.S. history, said, “In our society that is growing in complexity there are bound to be innumerable people who would go begging for justice without the class action. The class action is one of the few legal remedies the small claimant has against those who command the status quo. I would strengthen his hand with the view of creating a system of law that dispenses justice to the lowly as well as to those liberally endowed with power and wealth.”

The Rule of Law Education Fund was made possible through the joint efforts of attorneys Douglas E. Burns and Terry L. Stowers of Burns & Stowers, P.C., Allan DeVore of the DeVore Law Firm, and R. Jamie Kee of Trippet, Kee, Trippet & Parsons, as well as the class representative, Lobo Exploration Company.

The Rule of Law Education Fund Scholarship will provide financial assistance to full-time Northwestern undergraduate students who are residents of the state of Oklahoma. Both incoming freshmen and continuing students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average are eligible. Selection by the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Scholarship Committee will be based on financial need. The scholarship may be applied toward university-related expenses, such as tuition, fees, room, board and books.
For more information about investing in students at Northwestern, contact Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at aebird@nwosu.edu or 580-327-8599.