WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13
OKLAHOMA CITY – A new scholarship and lecture series has been established by a $1 million gift from the Lemon Family at Oklahoma City University as part of the university’s Cradle of Dreams campaign.
The gift creates the Martha Jean Lemon Scholarship Program and the Martha Jean Lemon Special Lectures, honoring OCU alumna Martha Jean Lemon. Ms. Lemon is a 1968 graduate in history of Oklahoma City University. The new scholarships and lectures honor her work as an independent comparative religion scholar.
The Martha Jean Lemon Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate religion students, students pursuing a master’s degree at the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University, sacred music students and Christian education students.
The annual lecture series will feature speakers, workshops or short seminars which promote religious leadership and service.
OCU President Tom McDaniel said the gift from the Lemon family, which operates Haskell Lemon Construction Company, will address an important part of OCU’s mission to develop students intellectually, morally and spiritually.
“The Lemon family is a longtime friend to Oklahoma City, OCU, and Church of the Servant,” McDaniel said. “We are very pleased their generous contribution will touch the lives of students who are preparing for religious service to many communities. The Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University has created a new opportunity for Oklahoma students with aspirations of entering the ministry and the Lemon family’s contribution will create even more learning opportunities for these promising minds.”
Lynette Lemon Wert said her family wanted to build on the opportunities available to students at OCU’s Wimberly School of Religion and at the seminary while recognizing the importance of historical perspective and social responsibility. “Students who are pursuing careers that will lead them to touch the lives of others is a fitting way for us to honor Martha Jean, who exemplifies the values OCU instills in its students.”
Larry Lemon stated, “True education teaches us to care for one another while success in business involves a responsibility to ‘pass it on’ to the next generation. We are very pleased to partner with OCU in these scholarships and lectures.”
Photo:A $1 million gift to Oklahoma City University has established the Martha Jean Lemon Scholarship Program and the Martha Jean Lemon Special Lectures. Pictured at OCU from left are OCU Vice President for University Advancement Art Cotton, OCU President Tom McDaniel, Lynette Lemon Wert, Martha Jean Lemon, Larry Lemon and Church of the Servant Senior Minister the Rev. Robert Gorrell.