Mick Webber has been a strong supporter of Rogers State University and the RSU Foundation. There is the desire to make a difference and there has been a strong family connection with the Foundation for many years.
His mother, Carlene Webber, championed the Foundation, serving as a member of the board of directors and later as executive director for more than 20 years before her death in November 2021. Before Carlene’s passing, Mick established an endowed scholarship in her honor with the Foundation.
In 2022, he followed that up with a major two-year commitment to support scholarships for students in the University’s nursing program.
It’s no surprise that his latest gift once again honors family, this time his late brother, Rob.
The Rob Webber Excellence in Nursing Restricted Scholarship will provide two-year, full-ride scholarships to three students in the nursing program.
“I wanted to do something to honor Rob’s life and legacy,” said Webber. “I witnessed the impact of nurses in caring for Rob and my mother. It’s noble work and no one prepares nurses better than RSU.”
Rob Webber passed away in May 2017 following a 10-month battle with brain cancer.
He grew up in Claremore and graduated from Claremore High School in 1978. He attended the University of Oklahoma and following college, Rob worked at Worthington Industries and later embarked on a 24-year career at Utility Tri-State in Tulsa owned and managed by Jeff Smith, a Claremore native. Rob loved his co-workers and customers and took enormous pride in being a part of the Utility family.
Rob was a gifted athlete. He and Danny Drew were the 1978 state champions in doubles tennis (the first-ever state champions at Claremore High School), but his true passion was golf and loved playing with his Saturday morning group. Rob was especially close to his three nephews, and he encouraged their love of sports, especially golf.
“Rob is missed by his family and friends,” Mick said. “He was a caring man and it is appropriate that his life will help those who will care for others.”
Dr. Larry Rice, president of RSU, said Webber’s support of the school’s students is impactful.
“For the nursing students who receive these scholarships, it will be a life-changing act of kindness,” Rice said. “For some, it will make the difference in their ability to succeed in a most-challenging program. We are grateful for Mick’s generosity and belief in our mission.”