Cameron University Foundation establishes Loren & Rebecca McKeown Endowed Scholarship

The Cameron University Foundation is pleased to add a new scholarship opportunity with the creation of the Loren and Rebecca McKeown Endowed Scholarship in English. The endowment is made possible by a gift of $25,000 from retired Cameron faculty member Dr. Loren McKeown and his wife Rebecca. The scholarship will benefit full-time Cameron students who have declared English as their major.   

“Dr. and Mrs. McKeown dedicated their careers to the service and promotion of education,” says Albert Johnson Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “They have long supported the Cameron University Foundation. Now, with this endowed scholarship, they have established a legacy that will benefit Cameron students in perpetuity.”

The McKeowns’ motivation in establishing the endowment is rooted in their mutual love of education. Dr. McKeown says, “If an aspiring Cameron student loves the English language as much as I do—with its soaring literature, its screwball spelling, fractured personal pronoun system, its mishmash vocabulary from Latin, French, the Germanic languages of northern Europe, and words borrowed, stolen, and otherwise expropriated from anywhere and everywhere its speakers have traveled…If that student is willing to spend a lifetime of reading, writing, learning, and perhaps teaching this wonderful subject, with slim chance of fame or fortune as a result, then we hope this scholarship will help send that person happily on  his or her way.”

Dr. McKeown joined the Cameron faculty in 1969. By the time he retired in 1997, he had served as chair of the Department of Language Arts for 13 of his 28 years. He was inducted into the Cameron University Alumni Association’s Faculty Hall of Fame in 2002.

Mrs. McKeown was a career educator with Lawton Public Schools for 27 years, serving as an elementary principal for the 20 years prior to her retirement.  

The McKeowns have been members of CU’s President’s Partners program since 1998 and have supported numerous Cameron University initiatives, including existing endowed scholarships, the Cameron University Foundation’s General Fund, construction of the Academic Commons, KCCU, and travel-abroad fundraising trips benefitting the Study Abroad program for students.

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March 9, 2016

PR# 16-040