By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 9, 2016
Two major events have prevented the demolition of Guthrie's historic Excelsior Library building, the home of an African-American library in the 1950s. First is that it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Oklahoma. Also helping was the passage of a three-quarter-cent Guthrie sale tax.
This week 162 high school seniors were honored as Community Foundation Scholars at three luncheons at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation offices.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees awarded a total of $324,000 in scholarships to the students. In response to the rising cost of college, the award amounts were increased from $1,500 to $2,000 per recipient for the 2016-17 academic year.
The recipients are from 51 public and private high schools in four central Oklahoma counties.
The program rewards good students who have demonstrated they are also good citizens, as well as students who will be the first in their family to attend college.