The Edmond Sun

December 24, 2013

AT&T presents check to OCCC

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — AT&T announced a $10,000 contribution to Oklahoma City Community College Foundation that will help students reach their goal of attending college. The generous donation is earmarked to fund the Kenneth R. Nance Memorial Scholarship.

AT&T Oklahoma President Bryan Gonterman presented the check to OCCC President Paul W. Sechrist and OCCC Foundation Board President Derek Gill. Brian Nance, Ken’s son, and several other members of the Nance family were also on hand for the check presentation.

“This funding from AT&T enables OCCC to offer more scholarships to students who may struggle to otherwise afford higher education,” said Sechrist. “I’m thankful for AT&T’s commitment to ensuring all students have an opportunity to continue their education and maximize their potential.”

The Nance scholarship is designated for students who are pursing degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Nance was a longtime chief lobbyist for AT&T at the Oklahoma state legislature and an attorney. He represented District 91 in south Oklahoma City in the House of Representatives from 1968-78 and was one of the “founding fathers” of OCCC.

“My dad would have been so humbled and honored by this very generous gift provided by AT&T,” said Brian Nance. “My father was in the Legislature representing south Oklahoma City when the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce petitioned the legislature and Regents of Higher Education to establish the college and played an integral part in its creation in 1972. This is truly an honor and the entire family of Ken Nance says “thank you.” We look forward to the continuation of Ken’s legacy by selecting deserving students to receive assistance in pursuit of their educational goals,” said Brian Nance.

“AT&T is committed to education. By partnering with excellent organizations who are working to prepare the next generation, we help ensure a skilled workforce for our company and our country,” said Jan Moran, AT&T External Affairs Manager.

FOR MORE information about the OCCC Foundation scholarships, call (405) 682-7591 or visit