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ECU gets $100,000 endowment from Masonic Fraternity

Wednesday, May 5, 2010   (0 Comments)
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ADA, OKLA – A new $100,000 endowment fund will be bringing more cultural enrichment programming to East Central University. The endowment was given to ECU by the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma and was signed into establishment on Tuesday. The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma announced its establishment of a cultural enrichment endowment at East Central University to rounds of applause. "The Masonic charities called totally unsolicited and said they had an endowment scholarship and asked us what we'd like to us the money for. They're just so generous - it's very heartwarming to know these people are everywhere in Oklahoma,” ECU President John Hargrave said. The $100,000 endowment will help fund new cultural enrichment programming at ECU's new Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. The $28 million center was completed about a year ago and ECU administrators say this endowment will help fulfill the building's potential by expanding the programming inside. "With the additional programming needed to really utilize the versatility of this building - we felt like that would by the best use of the money,” Hargrave explained. Hargrave says the university is still planning how it will spend the interest from the endowment, but says it will fund programs across the arts and will touch as many students as possible. The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma says this endowment is one of six - all going to regional universities. "We know what great students go to these universities, and we just feel like they need to have some of the same opportunities that the large ones do,” Grand Master of the Masons of Oklahoma Charles Belknap explained. President Hargrave says the endowment will be felt by students across the campus and people in the community. It will bring in notable speakers and fill the stage with headline performances for everyone to enjoy.

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