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Katie Baker named Bill & Elois Muncy scholar


Katie Baker. Photo: Provided.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) student Katie Baker of Geary has been named the 2020-21 Bill & Elois Muncy Scholar by the SWOSU Foundation, Inc., in Weatherford.

Baker is studying pharmacy and is an alumnus of SWOSU’s annual PharmCORP program, which consists of eight pharmacy skills workshops for high school students in 9th - 12th grade who are interested in a career in pharmacy.


The Bill and Elois Muncy Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 by their children—Mike Muncy (SWOSU Class of 1977) of Oklahoma City and Jayne Muncy Hackworth of Centennial (CO). The fund benefits SWOSU students from the Geary, Watonga, Calumet and Greenfield areas.


Bill and Elois Muncy were educated in Hinton. Bill was one year ahead of Elois in school, and together the two took every math class offered them. Bill wanted to go to college but could not afford it, so after graduation he went to work at his uncle’s farm at Geary. They understood the value of education and were always reading and learning. They always said, “Once you learn it, it’s yours for life.”


The Muncys were proud to sponsor National Honor Society students at Geary High School, believing sincerely that induction into the National Honor Society was as important as making the football team. For many years, the Muncys delighted in regularly treating the honor society students to a steak dinner and a night of bowling in Weatherford. The Muncys were quiet benefactors of several students from the Geary area who could not have otherwise afforded college expenses.


The Bill and Elois Muncy Memorial Scholarship is stewarded by the SWOSU Foundation, Inc., which was established in 1977 to promote philanthropy, award scholarships, and distribute funds to support the activities and programs of SWOSU. Located on the Weatherford campus in the historic Burton House, the Foundation currently stewards over $26 million in assets for the benefit of SWOSU.


For more information, please contact the SWOSU Foundation at 580-774-3267 or visit www.SWOSUFoundation.com.

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