We gratefully acknowledge the essential and steadfast support of Mrs. Jacqueline Zink, Ms. Etta May Avery, and The John Steele Zink Foundation for many years of encouragement and inspiration.
ABOUT The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc.
The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1983. Led by Jayne L. Reed, a small group of Tulsans met with opera star Simon Estes, in town to perform with the Tulsa Opera. Bound by a mutual belief in the importance of education and concern for the many bright Tulsa-area high school seniors financially unable to attend college, the group decided to do what they could to assist these promising students. Mr. Estes and Ms. Reed serve as Co-Founders of the Foundation. Further showing his support, Mr. Estes has made numerous gratuitous concert appearances in Tulsa to benefit the Foundation.
For over thirty years, the Foundation has raised several million dollars towards scholarships to assist hundreds of qualified, graduating Tulsa-area high school seniors. These Simon Estes Scholars have attended some of this nation's most prestigious colleges and universities with some participating in international study programs abroad. This list includes Baylor, Cornell, Eastman School of Music, Harvard, Howard, Loyola, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Morehouse, Northeastern State University, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State University, Rice, Spelman, St. Louis University, University of Denver, University of Michigan, University of Missouri at Kansas City, The University of Oklahoma, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, The University of Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Washington University at St. Louis, William Jewell, and Yale. Academic pursuits range from Accounting, Aerospace, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, International Business, Journalism, to Pharmacy, Physics, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Sociology, Speech Pathology, and Water Resource Management. All graduates have taken their places in the professional world and serve as the greatest endorsement of the Foundation's work.
"I've had a mentorship with a donor and he's introduced me to people and given me opportunities that I might not have otherwise had."
"They didn't just give me a check....they checked in with me...they made sure I had emotional support - that makes a huge difference."
"The Simon Estes Scholarship enabled me to be the first in my family to finish college. Because I received help from the scholarship, my parents were able to help two other siblings in college as well. Receiving the scholarship each year was a reminder to me that my education and success would benefit me – and my family too!"
"The Simon Estes Scholarship helped to encourage me, and allowed me to believe that there were others besides my family who supported my career path. Thank you!"
“As a Simon Estes Scholar, my limited vision of the opportunities out there turned into a limitless frontier. My family was financially strapped with four children and one income. Being a Scholar gave me the edge & accountability to make a career attainable and affordable.”
“The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. paved a way I thought I would never see. This scholarship kept me in line and my self-esteem rose. All those at the Foundation helped me get through those four years of college when I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it. My mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and the Foundation has been very supportive of me and there are even some members that still call to ask how my mother is. My father also suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1995 and I think without the Foundation I would have given up.”
“The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. enabled me to further my education at Oklahoma State University by funding four years of college tuition. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics and accepted a position with the Department of Defense. I now have a stable income that allows me to live without the constant financial worries I had throughout my childhood.”
“I am so very grateful to the Foundation for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to fulfill my educational goals. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to obtain my education. I wish every student could have the opportunity that I did. Because I felt I was representing the Foundation, it made me work that much harder to finish my education. This work ethic has carried me through – even today!”
“Being in a professional workforce has made me realize just how important a college degree is to career development. My degree has provided me with the basic tools and preparation necessary to succeed. The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. is an organization that enabled me to attend college and work to earn my degree. I was extremely fortunate to be a scholarship recipient and will be forever grateful for what it has allowed me to achieve.”
The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. is passionate about the Scholars we are privileged to serve and is zealous for donors who make opportunities possible through which these students’ talents may shine. The Foundation’s assertive mentorship has yielded extraordinary results. Recipients routinely expand their academic pursuits to graduate schools and later firmly establish themselves professionally.
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P.O. Box 480950
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74148