Scholarship established in honor of Vernon and Doris Harper

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Scholarship established in honor of Vernon and Doris Harper

February 23, 2016

Vernon & Doris
Vernon and Doris Harper, founders of the Vernon & Doris Harper Scholarship for Northwestern’s education and agriculture students.

A new scholarship honoring Vernon and Doris Harper will become available to Northwestern’s education and agriculture students.

Vernon Harper and Doris Leona Grantham began their lives together in marriage on May 17, 1953. They made their home on a farm southeast of Mooreland before moving into town in the 1980s. Vernon served his country during World War II, after which he bought some land and began his farm. He was a farmer and rancher, raising cattle for most of his life. He passed away in March 2015 at the age of 98.

Vernon was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, on July 14, 1995. Doris graduated from Northwestern in 1942 with a degree in elementary education and went on to serve as a home education teacher until her retirement. The couple raised eight children and were grandparents to 16 grandchildren.

Their nephew, Bill Harper, said of their legacy: “They were idealistic of what the American farmer was to their local community in God and school support. They were plain good citizens of Mooreland, Okla.”

Their decision to leave this scholarship to Northwestern and its students displays their desire to assist in the community.

“We are very appreciative of the Harper family for choosing to support Northwestern students,” said Northwestern President Dr. Cunningham. “It is clear that Vernon and Doris Harper believed in the power of education to build strong communities. Through this scholarship, Northwestern will do its best to honor their legacy.”

Individuals, couples or other entities who are living and have named Northwestern as benefactors in their wills or trusts, have the opportunity to be recognized as members of the Ranger Legacy Society. The Ranger Legacy Society, a planned giving program, was established by the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association to honor supporters’ commitment to the future of Northwestern and its students.

The recipient of the Vernon & Doris Harper Scholarship must be a continuing full-time student at Northwestern and maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5. First preference will be given to applicants who have attended Mooreland High School, and second preference will be given to students from Woodward County, Okla. Applicants majoring in education will be given first preference; students majoring in agriculture will be given second preference. First preference will also be given to students attending the Northwestern Woodward campus.

The recipient will be chosen by the Northwestern Scholarship Committee. Funds may be applied toward university-related expenses including tuition, fees, books, room and board.

For more information on the Vernon & Doris Harper Scholarship, the Ranger Legacy Society or about investing in Northwestern students, call Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at 580-327-8599 or email him at