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Phillips University Gallery: $1 Million Goal Met

January 14, 2009

The Phillips University Legacy Foundation has met its $1 million goal for the Phillips University Gallery in the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. According to Jim Wright, Foundation president, the $1 million was achieved by December 31, thanks to a year-end inflow of gifts that met the $500,000 challenge from Thelma Jean Gungoll, Enid philanthropist and Phillips alumna.

With the Phillips Gallery funding in place, the Legacy Foundation will turn its attention in 2009 to raising funds for long-term support of the Phillips University Legacy Scholars program, now in its seventh year. The program provides sizable scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students who attend one of 17 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) colleges and universities. During the current school year, 49 students at 13 institutions are Phillips University scholars.

Wright said that the Legacy Foundation, as part of a longer-range effort to undergird the scholarship program, is developing plans to reconnect more fully and effectively with Phillips alums and friends to make sure they know about the success of the gallery project and about the potential of the Phillips scholars to carry forward the university’s legacy.

“2009 will be very busy for us,” Wright said, “with efforts to get the Cherokee Strip Center ready for its grand opening in the summer of 2010. Phillips is pleased to be a part of such an important civic project and we are grateful that our own history and archives will be preserved for generations to come.”