EOSC Development Foundation receives $50,000 gift from Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma


WILBURTON, OK (June 2, 2016) – The Eastern Oklahoma State College Development Foundation recently received a $50,000 gift from The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma. The gift will establish the Masonic Endowment for Student Learning to support innovative and creative projects that enrich student learning.

John Logan, executive director of the Masonic Charity Foundation, said he is proud to continue the Mason’s tradition of supporting public education.

“We are on a mission to help higher education,” Logan said. “In every pocket of the state we visit, the schools are an integral part of the community they serve. We want to help keep that mission alive.”

Starting in the spring of 2017, Eastern faculty and staff will have the opportunity to apply for mini-grants from the permanent Endowment’s interest income. These mini-grants are for projects that will directly impact student learning. Examples of eligible projects include leadership training, community service participation, service learning projects, civic skills development, presentations by renowned speakers, or possible travel to significant locations.

“Student success is our main goal at Eastern and this gift will help us reach that mission,” said Treva Kennedy, director of Institutional Development. “We are appreciative to the Masons for this gift and their support of higher education. We look forward to seeing how faculty and staff will utilize this new opportunity to further student success.”

The mini-grants will be awarded twice a year for the fall and spring semesters under the guidance of the EOSC Foundation.

Members of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Monte Womack (far left), Ridge Smith (center) and John Logan (far right) gather with Director of Institutional Advancement Treva Kennedy (left of center) and Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith (right of center) in honor of the Fraternity’s generous donation to Eastern.

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