EDMOND — The Lucille and Mike North Endowment to support the President's Leadership Class at Southwestern Oklahoma State University has been established with the SWOSU Foundation in Weatherford.
Mike North, of Edmond, gave $40,000 to the scholarship endowment. The selection has an emphasis on students of veterans or students who are intending to enter the military.
“We at SWOSU are very appreciative of Mike's commitment to our institution and this important leadership program,” said university President Randy Beutler. “We are proud to have this endowment in his and his grandmother's name. Lucille was a great inspiration to many in the Weatherford community due to her commitment to service and education.”
Lucille North, who died in 2002, was Mike North's grandmother. She grew up in Weatherford and graduated in 1927 with an education degree from Southwestern. She began her teaching career in Okeene and Corn before her marriage to Roy North in 1931. She received her master's degree in education and taught third grade at Weatherford East Elementary School until her retirement in 1971.
Lucille North then became a volunteer with involvement in the Kiwanis Club, Weatherford Area Chamber of Commerce and Meals on Wheels. She drove the senior citizens van, taking seniors to doctor's appointments and church functions. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Weatherford Area Chamber of Commerce at age 85.
Mike North graduated from Weatherford High School in 1973. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Southwestern in December 1980 with degrees in accounting and economics. He worked in public accounting and real estate development, and in 1986 purchased a child care center, building the business into 11 centers with the capacity to serve 1,750 children. In 2011, the business was sold to a national company.
Brian Adler is vice president of public relations and marketing for Southwestern Oklahoma State University.