Schupbach endows Northwestern agriculture scholarship

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Schupbach endows Northwestern agriculture scholarship

Dec. 3, 2010

Northwestern Foundation Release
 Doris Schupbach and Skeeter Bird
Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, and Doris Schupbach finalized plans for the Doris and Morice Schupbach Agriculture Scholarship in her Alva home where two Northwestern Oklahoma State University scholarships have now been established.

As a member of Rebekah Lodge #44, Doris (Sternberger) Schupbach was inspired to give to Northwestern Oklahoma State University after the Alva Odd Fellow Lodge #43 and Rebekah Lodge #44 Scholarship was endowed in 2009. Members of the Rebekah Lodge, meeting in Schupbach’s Alva home, wanted to help the community and decided giving to education at Northwestern was a good cause, she said.

Schupbach decided to do something for the community, too, and recently established the Doris and Morice Schupbach Agriculture Scholarship at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

“It’s a good thing to help our local community,” Schupbach said, “and our young people.”

Born in 1921, Schupbach grew up three miles from Hardtner, Kan., and attended school in Hardtner. She worked hard on the family farm, and her duties included preparing three meals a day for the family and hired help. She also kept books for her father’s wheat and cattle operation and later for her husband’s farm. She married Morice Schupbach, and they made their first home and farm on a quarter of land 10 miles east of Alva. Three years later they moved west of Alva where they bought land that conjoined with her father’s.

“All I know is farming,” Schupbach said. “We need agriculture, especially around here.”

Although Schupbach did not attend Northwestern, her niece Judy (Thurman) Rockett attended the University, and two of her nieces, Lisa (Sternberger) Zender and Violet (Sternberger) Nine, and two of her nephews, Francis Nine and B.J. Sternberger, received degrees from Northwestern.

Schupbach, whose first major memory of Northwestern was seeing the Castle on the Hill fire from south of Hardtner, has enjoyed attending university events and recognizes the importance of agriculture and higher education, particularly in northwest Oklahoma.

“I am impressed that Doris understands the value of Northwestern even though she did not attend the university,” said Skeeter Bird

Northwestern Foundation CEO. “Her investment in the agriculture department will be a great benefit to a program that’s growing in both importance and size.”

The Doris and Morice Schupbach Agriculture Scholarship provides financial assistance to full-time Northwestern agriculture students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Both incoming freshmen and continuing students are eligible. The scholarship may be applied toward university-related expenses, such as tuition, fees, room, board and books.

“I hope it benefits some young farmer,” Schupbach said. “We need farmers.”

For more information about contributing to scholarships at Northwestern, contact Bird at or 580-327-8599.