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Rotarians Bequest $500K for Business Scholars

The Oklahoma State University [OSU] Foundation announced bequests totaling nearly $500K from the estate of the late Ed and Norma Leslie of Oklahoma City. This gift will service scholarships for several future business students.

Kirk Jewell, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation noted, “I met Ed at the downtown Rotary Club well over 10 years ago. Whenever given the chance, he was quick to express his passion for OSU. This gift will serve to extend that passion within students for years to come.”

A generous benefactor, Ed Leslie attended OSU’s college of arts and sciences in the 1930s. He recognized the financial need of many students, and later in his life he graciously agreed to support to the University and its students through an estate gift.

Ed Leslie was an Oklahoma City businessman who spent more than 60 years in the insurance industry. Throughout his life, he demonstrated his commitment to the community through charitable giving as well as service to others. An active philanthropist and visionary, Leslie dedicated his time and talents to several causes including the Rotary Club, Mutual of New York [MONY], the Salvation Army and Nichols Hills United Methodist Church. Upon his death in February 2002, Mr. Leslie had a 62-year perfect attendance record with the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, Club 29.

Norma Leslie was also an active member of the Oklahoma City community whose commitment to her church and various service organizations proved her to be an instrumental leader in change. She passed away in November 2002. The Leslies were married for 62 years.

Scholarships from the Ed and Norma Leslie Scholarship Fund will be awarded to students with strong academic records and financial needs with preference given to those who have declared a major in business with a strong interest in insurance and risk management in their second, third or fourth year of undergraduate studies.

The OSU Foundation was one of several nonprofit organizations to receive bequests from the Ed and Norma Leslie Trust which was facilitated by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

“The Leslies were longtime donors to several funds at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and I am not surprised at their continued support for the community through these bequests,” says Nancy B. Anthony, executive director of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

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