Honoring the 2015 Community Foundation Scholars

Trustee Scholarship Initiative donors Dilip and Vibha Patel with award recipient Josue Diaz from Santa Fe South High School (center).

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently honored some of the area’s bright high school seniors at three scholarship luncheons. We hosted 163 students and their high school guidance counselors representing 51 public and private high schools in four counties in central Oklahoma. Several donors also attended the luncheons.

The students are being awarded a total of $244,500 in scholarships through our Community Foundation Scholars program. Each student will receive a $1,500 scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. In addition to the luncheons, a representative from our organization – a Trustee, Scholarship Committee member or staff — will attend the schools’ awards assemblies to present each scholarship.

The Community Foundation Scholars program annually rewards good students who have demonstrated that they are also good citizens and students who will be the first in their family to attend college. First-generation students must apply as juniors and agree to complete a series of activities aimed at preparing them for college.

The Trustee Scholarship Initiative was established in 1998 to help encourage more students in central Oklahoma to further their education after high school. The Initiative is comprised of five scholarship programs and, since its inception, it has awarded close to $5 million in scholarship funds to nearly 4,500 students.

Learn more about the Trustee Scholarship Initiative here. For more information contact Megan Hornbeek at m.hornbeek@occf.org or 405/606-2917.

Advised Fund Grant Provides Protective Vests for Police Dogs

K9 officer Terry with partner, officer Justin Harkins.
K9 Officer Terry with her partner, Officer Justin Harkins.

A recent grant from the Clyde J. Albright Fund has provided protective vests for two police dogs in Oklahoma. The grant was made to Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit organization that since 2009 has provided more than 1,200 protective vests to dogs in law enforcement. Recommending the grant was Leah Beale. Mrs. Beale established the advised fund in 2004 in honor of her late father.

Receiving the bullet and stab protective vests were Terry, a seven-year-old female German Shepard and Con, a seven-year-old male German Shepard. Terry is a certified K9 officer who came to the Comanche, Okla., police department through the Military Working Dog Program at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Terry is CLEET certified in narcotics and also trained for patrol operations. Terry’s partner is Officer Justin Harkins.

Con is a dual-purpose officer as he is a patrol and narcotics dog. He was donated to the Geary, Okla., police department by the America-K9 organization. He and his partner Cpl. Cecil Harrall attended a four-week training course in 2013 and received certification through the state of Oklahoma as a Canine Detector Team.