Ada — At noon Monday, June 9, 120 men and women will gather at Oak Hills Golf & Country Club to play golf and support the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship Fund at East Central University.
As in the past, this year’s event will draw participants and sponsors from throughout the U.S. Many of those individuals have participated in the annual fundraising event since it began May 1, 2006.
In the nine years since the first event, young men and women from Ada and surrounding communities have benefited through the award of the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship. Two have graduated and nine others are currently enrolled at East Central University (ECU) on the four-year, full scholarship. According to the ECU Foundation, more than $203,000 has now been awarded in Stonecipher scholarships.
ECU President John R. Hargrave has expressed his ongoing support for the event and the scholarship.
“We are extremely pleased about the 9th Annual Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Golf Scramble,” President Hargrave said. “Thanks to the continued generosity of the Stonecipher family, this event has supported the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship which has assisted with a growing number of ECU students in accomplishing their academic goals.”
How it began
The scholarship and golf event were founded in response to the tragic loss of Brent, Tina and Nikki Stonecipher in a plane crash on July 24, 2005.
Former Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Turpen, a close friend of Harland and Shirley Stonecipher, suggested a scholarship program be established in the name of their granddaughter, Nikki. John Long and Linda Townsend of LegalShield and Gayle Serba, another close friend of the Stoneciphers, all joined in the planning process and the foursome worked toward the development of the scholarship fund and the golf scramble.
Turpen, a partner with Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis of Oklahoma City, has commented the lasting impact of the scholarship.