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EPS Foundation receives $1 million donation to expand
the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship Program
For more than six years, the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship has covered the cost of college fees for concurrently enrolled Enid High School students in financial need.
The Enid Public School Foundation announced today that the program is expanding, thanks to a $1,000,000 donation from the Ray Davis Family Trust. The Foundation has receive one-half of the funds, with another $500,000 earmarked for donation in 2023.
The funds, placed in a trust for the EPS Foundation, will be used to create scholarships annually for two seniors who have successfully participated in concurrent enrollment through the EHS University Center with assistance from the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship program, which is dedicated to the memory of Ray Davis’ late children.
Recipients must attend Oklahoma State University or Northern Oklahoma College. Seniors who plan to attend a career technology center also are encouraged to apply.
Students will receive up to $20,000 annually if attending OSU, and up to $11,000 annually if attending NOC. All costs will be covered for those attending a career technology program.
“This is an amazing day for Enid High School students, the Foundation and our community,” Janna Jackson, Executive Director of the EPSF Foundation said. “Ray Davis has been so generous over the years, and these scholarships are truly transforming lives for our students. It is with great pride that we establish this new scholarship and honor the legacy of Vicki and Kevin Davis.”
Vicki Davis graduated EHS in 1973, and Kevin Davis graduated in 1975. Their grandfather, Perry C. Davis, established the P.C. Davis Construction Company, and together with his son, Ray Davis, built 18 school buildings for EPS, Phillips University, the career tech system, and other area school districts.
In 2013, Ray Davis donated $314,000 to the EPS Foundation for students attending the EHS University Center – which was the largest single donation made to the foundation at the time. The funds have been used exclusively to pay fees for students with a financial need who wish to take concurrent classes.
Since the original donation, 142 students have benefitted from the program, completing 1,165 college credit hours. Current Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship recipients are eligible for the newly created higher education scholarship.
“It is with extreme gratitude that we thank the Davis family for investing in the future of our students,” Dudley Darrow, Enid High School Principal, said. “Educators work hard every day to see that our students are successful. With support from the community, we can help ensure that our student’s dreams of higher education come true. Thank you to the Davis family for continuing to support our students and our schools.”
For more information or a copy of the application, students should visit their school counselors. Information is also available by contacting Janna Jackson at 580-977-4592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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