- Ada, Oklahoma

June 5, 2014

Ninth annual Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship Golf Scramble tees off June 9

The Ada News

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.

“Nikki will live and endure forever in the hearts and minds of the fortunate recipients of the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship,” Turpen said.  “Her legacy will be in the lives we touch with this scholarship fund.”

The Scramble

As in the past, this year’s event is a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start beginning at noon.  Sponsorship fees are $1,000 for the four-person team and there will be an awards presentation at the end of the day.

More than 30 sponsors have contributed to the 9th annual event, including financial institutions, service providers, institutions, individuals and provider law firms now with LegalShield and formerly Pre-Paid Legal Services.

Jack Morgeson, a partner with one provider law firm, North Florida-based deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP, commented on the firm’s ongoing support as an event sponsor.

“Personally, and on behalf of deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, it is a great honor to be associated with and support such a worthy and positive event.  We consider it a privilege to be associated with the Stoneciphers, LegalShield and everyone involved in providing young people with the opportunity to further their education and to enhance their future,” Morgeson said.

Personal Gratitude

From the very beginning Harland and Shirley Stonecipher have been active supporters of Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship and the Annual Golf Scramble.  In this the ninth year, they have shared a personal message with all those who sponsor and support these efforts.

“It is with great pride and gratitude that we acknowledge the growth of the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship and Golf Scramble.  We appreciate the efforts of the sponsors, supporters and friends who have contributed to this scholarship program.  We are so very proud of the deserving recipients of the scholarship awards.  And perhaps most of all, we want to express our gratitude to everyone who has honored the memory of our granddaughter through the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship.”

Those interested in learning more about the Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship or in contributing to the fund may contact the ECU Foundation at 580-310-5514.