Panhandle State Foundation 2014 Banquet

Kim Peterson presents Bob Burger of the Guymon Panhandle Lions with the Distinguished Contributor 
			Honor Roll plaque at the annual donor appreciation banquet on Thursday, Nov. 13. 
			Pictured left to right: Bob Burger, Dean Kear, and Kim Peterson. —Photo by Kelsey Moser
Kim Peterson presents Bob Burger of the Guymon Panhandle Lions with the Distinguished Contributor Honor Roll plaque at the annual donor appreciation banquet on Thursday, Nov. 13. Pictured left to right: Bob Burger, Dean Kear, and Kim Peterson. —Photo by Kelsey Moser

Goodwell, Okla. — Panhandle State Foundation’s annual donor appreciation banquet was held on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in the Student Union Ballroom on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University campus.

The event began the annual fund drive, recognized this year’s scholarship recipients and honored the inductees to the Panhandle State Foundation’s Distinguished Contributor Honor Roll. The Distinguished Contributor Honor Roll recognizes individuals, firms and organizations for their generous support of Foundation activities. Each year, individuals and organizations are honored for their support of time, money, interest and concern for the students of OPSU through the Panhandle State Foundation. The 2014 inductees were Ray and Virginia Hall (honored in absentia) of Goodwell, Okla., and the Guymon Panhandle Lions Club of Guymon, Okla.

Dr. Doris Looper, Executive Secretary of the Panhandle State Foundation, spoke of the long standing generosity of the Halls. The R.D. and Carry Hall Memorial Scholarship is a result of this outstanding support. Ray and Virginia Hall were inducted into the Distinguished Contributors Honor Roll for their service to OPSU through Panhandle State Foundation.

Mr. Dean Kear introduced the Guymon Panhandle Lions Club. The Guymon Panhandle Lions Club has been funding scholarships through the Panhandle State Foundation since the early 1990’s. He briefly explained the comprehensive method used to select their scholarships. Panhandle Lions also dedicate countless hours to various community projects. Mr. Bob Burger accepted the Distinguished Contributor Honor Roll plaque for the Guymon Panhandle Lions Club.

Panhandle State Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 1961 with the sole mission to aid Oklahoma Panhandle State University with funding beyond that which it receives from the State of Oklahoma. It strives to increase financial support to Oklahoma Panhandle State University each year. With only 27% of OPSU’s total budget coming from state funds, this financial support is more critical than ever!

Panhandle State Foundation remains active in many areas of support but its priority has always been scholarships. In 2013, Panhandle State Foundation awarded approximately $397,000 to OPSU students and faculty members in the form of scholarships or grants and paid for goods and services on behalf of the University totaling approximately $297,000. For the 2014-2015 year, Panhandle State Foundation awarded 255 scholarships to students valued at over $204,000 and has pledged $205,000 to OPSU for university scholarships. Applications for 2015-2016 scholarships will be accepted Dec. 1, 2014 through March 2, 2015.

Panhandle State Foundation continues to provide a vital service to OPSU. With the help of donations from supporters, we continue our efforts to improve education at OPSU. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made to Panhandle State Foundation, PO Box 430, Goodwell, Okla., 73939. For more information about Panhandle State Foundation, visit www.opsu.edu/Offices/Foundation/ or call 580-349-1392 or email foundation@opsu.edu.