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Northwestern Foundation receives gift from local Sonic Drive-In

(ALVA, Okla. March 20, 2017) – Gary Adams, owner and operator of Alva’s Sonic Drive-In, continues to support education with the Alva Sonic Scholarship. Sonic Scholarship 2017Adams recently presented a $5,000 gift to the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association for the benefit of Northwestern students. This donation is made possible by Alva’s Sonic Drive-in, Gary Adams and the Marvin and Barbara Jirous Foundation.

To date, Adams – in association with the Alva Sonic Drive-In and the Marvin and Barbara Jirous Foundation – has given more than $53,000 to various University projects and groups. Specifically, the Alva Sonic Scholarship endowment is now valued at more than $48,950.

“We are grateful that visionaries like Gary see the value of investing in students,” said Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association CEO. “It would be staggering to count the number of students Gary and Sonic have helped, not only with this scholarship, but with extremely flexible employment over the years. Both of these commodities are priceless for a student seeking to obtain a degree to better himself or herself.”

To be considered for the Alva Sonic Scholarship, applicants must meet all standard scholarship requirements, including being an incoming freshman, full-time student attending classes on the Alva campus with at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who hold permanent residence in Lamar, Colo., Alva, Okla., Warren, Ark., Hobbs, N.M., or Augusta, Kan. – communities where Adams owns Sonics – will be given preference.

For more information on the Alva Sonic Scholarship, or about investing in Northwestern students, contact Bird at 580-327-8593 or email


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