Foundation Sees Success

Sep 20, 2023

Natasha Eidson

Foundation Sees Success In The New Year

The Panhandle State Foundation has seen rapid success in the new academic year with multiple new scholarship endowments and increased fundraising efforts and results.


The Foundation Board of Directors, led by Jim Quimby, have been hard at work to embrace their roles as advocates for OPSU and the Foundation. Foundation Executive Director Chyanna Black and Administrative Assistant Stephanie LeGrange have refined day-to-day operations and expanded donor relations to complement the new energy brought forward through the board’s increased advocacy.


Black commented, “The Foundation has been blessed by those who believe in our mission and our people. As we head into the new academic year, I’m excited to see the hard work of this past year pay off. It has been our Board of Directors, Stephanie, donors, and many others that have made it possible, and for that, I’m beyond grateful.”


As the Foundation begins the new academic year, these four new scholarship endowments established are to be awarded this year. These endowments together total $94,000 and are set to be award between $1,000 and $1,250 scholarships each this academic year.


The Jim & Sherry Quimby Softball Scholarship, Harold S. & B. Joan Kachel Memorial Scholarship, Ray Depuy Business Scholarship, and the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Pre-Dentistry Scholarship have all been set up to help the students of OPSU through their major and activities.


On National Non-Profit Day, they announced the second annual Giving Challenge, bringing in over $13,000. Black stated, “We are excited to have Dr. Gieck continue his matching challenge. Our office has been working on opportunities to build off the momentum he has given us, the Giving Challenge, and to grow the challenge in ways it can benefit even more at OPSU.”


“I am continually impressed and inspired by the dedication and hard work that Ms. Black and our Foundation Board Members display every day to advocate on behalf of our students and our University, Said OPSU President Dr. Julie Dinger. “The work they do is transformative and ensures that every student at OPSU can access a quality education.”


Panhandle State Foundation stays focused on maintaining the legacy that has been built and striving to pursue an even brighter future for OPSU and its students.

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