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Beelers establish scholarship to benefit Northwestern science, nursing students

(ALVA, Okla. Feb. 23, 2017) – Bill and Linda Beeler established the Beeler-Stites Family Scholarship to honor their family lineage at Northwestern and to continue their support of the Alva community and university students.Bill and Linda Beeler

Northwestern and the Beeler family share a long history of alumni starting with Bill’s grandfather, William “Bill” Stites – class of 1915. Since William “Bill”, several Beelers have passed through Northwestern’s doors, including Bill and Linda, Kevin Beeler, ’96; John Beeler, ’90; Rick Beeler, ’87; Brenna (Beeler) Heaton, ’11; Therese (Beeler) Gustaveson, ’11; Dalton Beeler, ’14; and Patricia Beeler who is currently enrolled. Their granddaughter, Riley Beeler, also plans to attend Northwestern after high school.

“We visited with Skeeter [Bird, CEO, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association] in 2007 to see how to set up a scholarship because we could not pay the $10,000 endowment all at once,” said the Beelers. “We were told we could pay on a scholarship fund until we reached the goal for which we were striving. On June 11, 2007, we made our first payment totaling $200. Ten years later, our endowment is paid in full. This was a great way for us to give back to Northwestern and ten years went by so quickly!”

Bird said he is proud of Bill and Linda for their commitment to Northwestern students.

“The Beelers are an excellent example of a family committed to Northwestern with their time, with their diplomas and with their philanthropy,” said Bird. “To all of us, they have demonstrated that perseverance and dedication pay off.”

The Beelers chose to set up their scholarship specifically for science and nursing students because of the amount of time they spent in hospitals with a son.

“Our son, Kevin, developed juvenile onset diabetes at the age of four and many days were spent in the hospital with doctors and nurses caring for him and giving him support,” said Linda. “This motivated us to create a scholarship at Northwestern to financially help students who are pursuing careers in the medical field.”

Bill and Linda accomplished a goal of theirs in endowing the Beeler-Stites Family Scholarship at Northwestern and want to see it help others achieve their goals.

“If you want it, go after it. Hard work is how you achieve goals in life – they don’t just happen. You get out of life what you give to life,” said Linda.

Full-time, continuing students majoring in science or nursing with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average are eligible for the Beeler-Stites Family Scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants with the greatest perceived need by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship may be applied toward university-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, room and board.

For more information on the Beeler-Stites Family Scholarship, or about investing in Northwestern students, call Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at 580-327-8599 or email him at



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