Burgess family donates $10,000 to Cameron University’s Sheila Lee Endowed Scholarship in Business

Cameron University alumni Sylvia Burgess, Brad and Karen Burgess, and Bill Burgess have donated $10,000 to the Sheila Lee Endowed Scholarship in Business, which was established by the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the legacy of the late Sheila Lee. Bill Burgess presented the gift to Cameron Vice President for University Advancement, Albert Johnson, Jr. during the annual Chamber Banquet earlier tonight.

“The Burgess family has a legacy of support to higher education and Cameron University,” said Johnson. “They also recognize the tremendous impact that Sheila Lee had on the Lawton Fort Sill community. Her positive attitude, ‘can do’ spirit and willingness to take action gave this community forward momentum. Cameron is honored to commemorate her memory with this endowment.”

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“Sheila’s leadership was vital to Lawton Fort Sill,” says Bill Burgess. “It is a great pleasure to provide this gift in Sheila’s memory. Her presence will be felt throughout southwest Oklahoma for years to come. Not only was she one of the most highly respected women I have ever known, she was a friend who the Burgess family treasured. This gift is provided to Cameron University on behalf of Sheila’s three children, Crystal Wright, Dr. John R. Lee and James W. Lee.”

Lee was a community leader who served the Chamber for more than 15 years and who was named President of the organization in November 2010. The first scholarships will be awarded to Cameron students this fall.

For more information about the Sheila Lee Endowed Scholarship in Business, contact the Cameron University Foundation at 580-581-2999.



June 24, 2011