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July 14, 2014

Oklahoma Eagle Scouts to receive scholarships

OKLA. CITY — Youth earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the Last Frontier Council got some great news recently. Each Eagle Scout will be eligible for a $500 scholarship thanks to a gift to the Oklahoma City Community foundation from Alice and Phil Pippin.

“What my family and especially my boys have gotten from Scouting is priceless,” Phil Pippin said. “We felt that this was a worthwhile cause to help motivate Scouts to earn their full potential in Scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.”

The fund was established with a $90,000 donation from the Pippin family and $20,000 from other donors. The fund was established in honor of the Pippin’s three sons. It will offer a scholarship to each of the 12 districts that comprise the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America. The council serves 24 counties across western and central Oklahoma including the Oklahoma City Metro area.

“We can’t thank Phil enough for this generous contribution for our Eagle Scouts and the future of our council,” LFC Council Commissioner Bob Spinks said. “These scholarships will reward the years of hard work these boys put into earning their Eagle and especially the service they perform during their Eagle project.”

The central requirement for earning the Eagle Scout rank is a community service project. Each Eagle Scout’s service project will be considered for the award. A district committee will select a winner of the $500 award in each district based upon the merits of their projects. Eagle projects in the Last Frontier Council have helped countless churches, agencies and other people in need for the past 100 years. They will receive the awards in December at the Council’s Recognition Banquet, Spinks said.

“We applaud Mr. Pippin on establishing the Last Frontier Council Eagle Scout Project Scholarship,” said Nancy B. Anthony, president, Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “The scholarship is a great example of how we are able to work with donors to create funds that meet their specific needs and that will benefit and recognize worthy recipients such as the Last Frontier Council’s Eagle Scouts.”

Pippin served as Scoutmaster for Troop 193 when a fellow Scouting volunteer established a similar fund for Eagle Scouts in the troop. Pippin serves on the Council’s Executive Board, The BSA’s Southern Region Board and on the National High Adventure Committee. Pippin’s sons Richard and Phillip both received the scholarship from Troop 193, as well as Gov. Mary Fallin’s son, Price.

“This scholarship fund is a great way to recognize the hard work and commitment of our Eagle Scouts,” Fallin said. “I appreciate the generosity of Alice and Phil Pippin in establishing this fund, which will aid Eagle Scouts as they continue their post-secondary studies to help them attain their career goals. Every type and amount of scholarship is appreciated. I know this firsthand — my son, Price, was awarded a similar scholarship from Troop 193 for his Eagle Scout work, which helped in his pursuing and earning a college degree.”

Pippin’s son Richard is now a Biology major at the University of Oklahoma, Phillip is a junior at Casady School and his youngest son, John, is currently the Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 193 and working toward his Eagle Scout.

Anyone interested in supporting the scholarship with a charitable gift can do so by sending a check to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1146, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1146. Gifts by credit card also may be made by visiting www.occf.org/OnlineGiving. Be certain to indicate the contribution is for the Last Frontier Council Eagle Scout Project Scholarship fund. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation and the Last Frontier Council are 501(c)(3) public charities and offers the maximum charitable tax deductions allowed.

The Last Frontier Council serves more than 11,000 youth and 5,000 volunteers across western and central Oklahoma. The Scouting centennial is 2014, celebrating 100 years of service to local communities.

 

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