""This scholarship reflects Vicki and Kevin's values and their belief that education has the power to change people's lives forever. It is my sincere desire that this gift and these scholarships will do just that--give all young people access to an education that will transform their lives." Ray Davis"
February 13, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information: Janna Jackson
Executive Director of EPS Foundation
580-977-4592 I email@example.com
EPS Foundation receives $1 million donation to expand
the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship Program
For more than six years, the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship has covered the cost of college fees for concurrently enrolled Enid High School students in financial need.
The Enid Public School Foundation announced today that the program is expanding, thanks to a $1,000,000 donation from the Ray Davis Family Trust. The Foundation has receive one-half of the funds, with another $500,000 earmarked for donation in 2023.
The funds, placed in a trust for the EPS Foundation, will be used to create scholarships annually for two seniors who have successfully participated in concurrent enrollment through the EHS University Center with assistance from the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship program, which is dedicated to the memory of Ray Davis’ late children.
Recipients must attend Oklahoma State University or Northern Oklahoma College. Seniors who plan to attend a career technology center also are encouraged to apply.
Students will receive up to $20,000 annually if attending OSU, and up to $11,000 annually if attending NOC. All costs will be covered for those attending a career technology program.
“This is an amazing day for Enid High School students, the Foundation and our community,” Janna Jackson, Executive Director of the EPSF Foundation said. “Ray Davis has been so generous over the years, and these scholarships are truly transforming lives for our students. It is with great pride that we establish this new scholarship and honor the legacy of Vicki and Kevin Davis.”
Vicki Davis graduated EHS in 1973, and Kevin Davis graduated in 1975. Their grandfather, Perry C. Davis, established the P.C. Davis Construction Company, and together with his son, Ray Davis, built 18 school buildings for EPS, Phillips University, the career tech system, and other area school districts.
In 2013, Ray Davis donated $314,000 to the EPS Foundation for students attending the EHS University Center – which was the largest single donation made to the foundation at the time. The funds have been used exclusively to pay fees for students with a financial need who wish to take concurrent classes.
Since the original donation, 142 students have benefitted from the program, completing 1,165 college credit hours. Current Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship recipients are eligible for the newly created higher education scholarship.
“It is with extreme gratitude that we thank the Davis family for investing in the future of our students,” Dudley Darrow, Enid High School Principal, said. “Educators work hard every day to see that our students are successful. With support from the community, we can help ensure that our student’s dreams of higher education come true. Thank you to the Davis family for continuing to support our students and our schools.”
Scholarship applications from the Class of 2019 are due in the counselor’s office at Enid High School by March 15.
For more information or a copy of the application, students should visit their school counselors. Information is also available by contacting Janna Jackson at 580-977-4592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship Program
The Ray Davis Family Trust funded a scholarship program at the Enid High School University Center with the single largest gift ever given to the Enid Public School Foundation. The Trust’s $314,000 gift established the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship Program in honor of Ray Davis’ late children, both Enid High School graduates.
Vicki Davis graduated from Enid High School in 1973 and Kevin graduated in 1975. Vicki graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in restaurant management while Kevin was very close to completing a degree in construction management at OSU.
Both Vicki and Kevin were active in the community and their church where they helped underprivileged young people. Vicki and Kevin believed in education and knew their grandfather, Perry C. Davis, struggled to overcome a fourth grade education while establishing the very successful P.C. Davis Construction Company in 1928. P.C. Davis and his son, Ray Davis, built eighteen school buildings for Enid Public Schools as well as Phillips University, the Career Tech system and other area school districts, and countless commercial and private projects.
Vicki worked in all phases of the family motel business while Kevin worked on many of the company’s construction projects.
“The scholarship program reflects Vicki and Kevin’s values and their belief that education has the power to change people’s lives forever. It is my sincere desire that this gift and these scholarships will do just that—give all young people access to an education that will transform their lives.”—Ray Davis
Because of the generosity of the Ray Davis Family Trust, Vicki and Kevin’s memories will live on and they will leave a lasting legacy in our community and in the lives of the students who benefit from the scholarships.