Using a $250,000 gift from the estate of Jack and Joyce Cline, Cameron University has established the Jack L. and Joyce Cline Endowed Scholarship in Agriculture. The endowment, presented by David and Betty Ezell, trustees of the Cline Family Inter Vivos Trust, is among the largest individual scholarship gifts in Cameron’s history. Jack Cline graduated from Cameron State Agricultural College in 1949 and operated a cattle ranch in Comanche County for 56 years.
“We are truly appreciative of this generous gift from the estate of Jack and Joyce Cline,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “Graduates of our current agriculture programs, with concentrations in animal science, agronomy, agricultural mechanization, agricultural business management and environmental science, play a vital role in the economy of Southwest Oklahoma. This scholarship will open doors for our students and perpetuate Mr. and Mrs. Cline’s legacy of farming and ranching excellence.”
“When Jack died, the community lost a great supporter of agriculture and FFA,” says David Ezell. “Jack was always encouraging to young people and their interests.”
Jack Cline was a descendant of Oklahoma pioneers who settled in Comanche County prior to statehood. He attended Cameron State Agricultural College from 1947 to 1949, where he was a member of the Aggie Club. Mr. Cline was a charter member of the Cameron University Alumni Association and served on the CUAA Board of Directors for six years.
He served as a member of the Comanche County Excise Board and the Comanche County Farm Home Administration Board. He was a member of Comanche County Cattleman’s Association, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and National Cattlemen’s Association. He served on the Apache COOP Board of Directors and was a member of the Fletcher Masonic Lodge and Saddle and Sirloin Club.
Joyce Cline was a ready-to-wear buyer for a Lawton department store. She was a member of the National Cattlewomen's Association and the Oklahoma Cattlewomen's Association.
For information about giving to Cameron, contact the Office of University Advancement at 580-581-2999.
November 5, 2010