USAO receives $1.2 million gift


USAO receives $1.2 million gift
The Joseph and Marjorie Doughtery Scholarship is established honoring OCW student

CHICKASHA, Okla. (July 20, 2016) – The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma announced today it has received a $1.2 million estate gift designated to support student scholarships. The Joseph and Marjorie Doughtery Scholarship will be established as an endowed fund to benefit USAO students for years to come.

Doughtery attended the Oklahoma College for Women, now USAO, from 1929 to 1931 where she received her teaching certificate. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree at Central State University and Master of Education at the University of Tulsa.

Doughtery had a rich career as an educator in the state of Oklahoma having worked for the Frances Willard Home for Girls in Tulsa, the Tulsa Boys’ Home, and as a teacher and supervisor of special education for Tulsa Public Schools. In 1975 she was honored by her peers and named the Outstanding Educator in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Educators Association. She was inducted to the USAO Hall of Fame in 1980.

“Like so many young women of OCW, Marjorie’s education here was a path to a professional career,” said Sid Hudson, vice president of university advancement. “She never forgot that and by placing USAO in her estate plan, her experience will be multiplied, benefitting students for generations to come.”

To honor Doughtery’s lifetime of service as an educator, 11 scholarships will be granted annually, four of which will be given to students with intent to pursue a career in the teaching profession.

Scholarships, like the Joseph and Marjorie Doughtery Scholarship, are important to not only the mission of USAO, but also the students attending the university. Half of the current students are eligible for low-income federal Pell grants while more than 75 percent of all students receive some form of need-based aid.

“Our students are exceptionally hardworking and a large percentage are first-generation students,” said President John Feaver. “The majority are in need of financial aid. Ninety percent are enrolled full-time and balance their studies with part- or full-time work, involvement in a range of campus activities, and service to campus and community. We are grateful to Marjorie Doughtery and her family for this generous gift.”

Doughtery passed away on December 4, 2015. She was 104 years old.

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About University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the state’s only public liberal arts college with approximately 800 students. Its mission is to provide the public with a distinctive and accessible liberal arts and sciences education. In combining an interdisciplinary core curriculum with superior instruction in major fields of study, USAO aims to provide a thorough education that prepares students for meaningful, purposeful lives.

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