Major Gift Given to SWOSU

December 16, 2020

By News Director Jared Atha

Southwestern Oklahoma State University with locations in Weatherford, Sayre and Yukon has received a generous philanthropic investment from Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resources Group and the Busey Family.

SWOSU officials say DRG and the Buseys are longtime SWOSU benefactors. This major gift of $65,000 will provide much-needed support for both the General Thomas P. Stafford Scholars Program and the Busey Brothers Scholarship Program.

DRG is a Native American-owned leading global aerospace defense contractor based in Oklahoma City.

The SWOSU Stafford Scholars Program was established in 1992 as an experiential learning initiative. The Stafford Scholars Program was endowed by General Thomas P. Stafford in what was, at that time, SWOSU’s largest-ever single charitable gift and has evolved and grown to become an unparalleled collaborative partnership between SWOSU and the General Thomas P. Stafford Air & Space Museum.

Stafford Scholars receive firsthand instruction from museum personnel and stakeholders in the history of aerospace and aviation while also providing the bulk of the museum’s workforce.

The Busey Brothers Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by SWOSU alumni Brian Busey and Philip Busey. It has provided over $29,000 in scholarship assistance to SWOSU students studying across majors in multiple SWOSU colleges and departments. Philip serves as a trustee of the SWOSU Foundation, Inc. where he chairs the Development Committee.

The SWOSU Stafford Program and the Busey Brothers Scholarship Fund are administered by the SWOSU Foundation, Inc.