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Sept. 27, 2005

RSU Announces 2005 Dollars for Scholars Campaign

Rogers State University has announced its eighth annual Dollars for Scholars Campaign – a campaign to raise funds among local businesses, organizations and individuals for student scholarships.

The goal for this year’s Dollars for Scholars Campaign, which kicked off earlier this month and runs through March, is $100,000.

“Many students would not have the opportunity to pursue a college education without the financial assistance made possible by the Dollars for Scholars Campaign,” said Dr. Danette Boyle, RSU vice president for development.

Businesses or area residents can make a pledge or a one time gift, or contribute a percentage of the proceeds of their business over a period of time to the campaign.

More than 80 percent of RSU students require some form of financial aid and only about a third of RSU students qualify for federal grants.

“RSU students are an integral part of the local economy,” Boyle said. “They serve as both patrons and employees at a wide variety of local businesses and companies.”

Expenses associated with the Dollars for Scholars campaign are being underwritten by the Grand River Dam Authority, the campaign’s sponsor.

Approximately half of the funds raised for the Dollars for Scholars campaign will come from the annual scholarship auction, which has been scheduled for April 8 at the Claremore Expo Center.

“RSU is fortunate to receive continuing support from alumni and friends of RSU, as well as from area business and industry. Their support is truly helping hundreds of students each year in their quest to earn a college degree. We are extremely grateful to all who support Dollars for Scholars,” said Tonni Harrald, RSU director of development.

This year’s Dollars for Scholars steering committee includes Richard Lundy, Carlene Webber, Robbie Nees, Melita Travenia, Marv Gregory, Tim Cutsinger and Randy Baldridge.

The following businesses and individuals have contributed to the Dollars for Scholars campaign so far this fall: Grand River Dam Authority, John and Jane Martin, PEO, Wal-Mart of Claremore, Claremore Hospital Auxiliary, Aladdin Club of Claremore, David and Jeanette Wilkinson, Arthur and Vera Weant, Koehler and Sons, Tim and Debi Reynolds, David Deffenbaugh, Dr. Steve Smith and Primary Eye Care Associates, Mick and Audry Webber, Betty Miller; Carlene Webber, Father Eichhoff, Mary Miller, Regional Animal Care, Richard and Jarol LeGate, Robert Blaine Jones, Dunlap Wrecker, Bottle Shack, Claremore Tire, Richard Lundy, Ray Harris, Lucille Straub, Conklin, Gilpin and Associates, Spirits of 66, Robbie and Kacee Nees, David Merriman of State Farm Insurance, Express Personnel Services, House of Trophies, Shear Delight, Kenny and Tonni Harrald, Delphian Review Club, Dr. and Mrs. Ray Brown, Ron and Danette Boyle and Vision Quest Computer Systems.

For more information on RSU’s Dollars for Scholars Campaign, or to make a contribution, call the RSU Foundation at (918) 343-7767.