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ALVA, Okla. (Feb. 6, 2018) – The Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association continues the annual tradition of encouraging the Alva community to invest in the students of Northwestern Oklahoma State University by kicking off the Scholarship Drive tomorrow, February 7.Scholarship Drive


During the month-long Scholarship Drive, off-campus teams consisting of community members along with University or Foundation & Alumni office employees and compete in raising funds. On-campus team captains also compete to see which building’s employees will raise the most funds during the drive. The Enid and Woodward campuses also are represented by captains. These funds finance continuing student scholarships at Northwestern through the RISE (Rangers Investing in Students & Education) scholarship endowment.


“We are always grateful for the number of volunteers who participate in our scholarship drive every year,” said Skeeter Bird, CEO, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association. “Their participation and fundraising success occurs because we have a great University, a superb Ranger community, and wonderful people. I have live in a number of places in my life, but I choose to live in northwest Oklahoma because of the people. Every year, the scholarship drive reinforces this decision for me.”


Thelma Crouch, leads the off-campus teams, including Drue Washburn and Christee Jenlink, JoDe Bradt and Karsten Longhurst, Deb and Paul Corr, Thelma Crouch and Charla Turner, Bruce Meyer and Calleb Mosburg, Guy Forell and DaNae Hagelberg, Rod Gourley and Dr. David Pecha, Dayna Jordan and Skeeter Bird, Jane Tucker and Dr. Bo Hannaford, Jerrad Hada and Dr. Janet Cunningham, Melissa Fisher and Dr. Mindi Clark, Barbara Rockenbach and Karen Koehn, Kendra Schnebel and Hailey Cudmore, Don Thomas and Lawana Newell, Linda Tutwiler and Susan Holliday, Brandon Sherman and John Allen, and Traci Williams and Rita Castleberry.


The on-campus teams are led by Dr. James Bell. Team captains include Michelle Kingcade, Dr. Shawn Holliday, Brooke Fuller, Dr. Jennifer Mahieu, Dr. Deena Fisher, Dr. Tim Maharry, Dr. Wayne McMillin, Dr. Chandler Mead, Natalie Miller, Melissa Brown, Dr. Venkata Moorthy, Jake Boedecker, Dr. Dean Scarborough, Tara Hannaford, Markangela Kinnett and Debbie Anderson.


The 2018 Scholarship Drive will conclude March 7 as the off-campus and on-campus captains celebrate their raised funds.


RISE, introduced in Nov. 2015, is the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association’s newest annual giving program. It replaces the former Millennium Club scholarship endowment and encourages every person to give at some level. Those interested in investing in Northwestern students through the RISE program are encouraged to donate online with a credit card at or by check, payable to the Northwestern Foundation. Check may be sent to 709 Oklahoma Blvd. Alva, OK 73717.


For more information about investing in students at Northwestern, the RISE annual giving program or to get invovled in next year's Scholarship Drive, contact Bird at or 580-327-8599.



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