As Pre-Paid was growing, Harland and Shirley also raised a family. Their sons, Brent and Alan, both graduated from ECU.
“I wanted them to go to college,” Stonecipher said. “I told them I didn’t really care what they majored in as long as they got a degree in something, and they did.”
The Stoneciphers tragically lost Brent, his wife, Tina, and their daughter, Nikki, in a plane crash in 2005. The tragedy led to the establishment of the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to selected ECU students.
“We have eight students on scholarships now,” Stonecipher said. “We look for bright, aggressive students who, for financial reasons, might have trouble going to college.”
The Stoneciphers also contributed an estimated $5 million for the construction of the new Life Community Church and Memorial Chapel. The chapel will commemorate children who have died.
“We’ve been able to change a lot of people’s lives,” Stonecipher said. “We have hundreds of success stories out there. We have helped create over 150 millionaires through Pre-Paid. That’s the thing we’re most proud of — helping other people.”