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Jimmie Dean Foundation Charity Profile
The Jimmie L. Dean Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was established in 2008 from the generous gift of Jimmie L. Dean. Jimmie was a lifelong resident of Washington County, Oklahoma who believed that through hard work, individual responsibility and education, a person can achieve their highest goals and dreams. Jimmie’s life was an example of following those beliefs as he came from a working class family in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Jimmie attended and graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1960 and then went on to serve in the United States Navy as an aircraft mechanic from 1961-1966. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he began a 33 year career with Phillips Petroleum Company, retiring in 1999. While working at Phillips Jimmie's work received recognition from his peers and he innovated and developed solutions, even receiving a patent in 1992. During his lifetime Jimmie prudently managed his financial affairs and upon his death in 2008, directed his estate to organize a not-for-profit charitable corporation; and through a testamentary gift, his estate is the original contributor to the Jimmie L. Dean Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The Foundation exists today to fulfill the virtues and honor the legacy of Jimmie by awarding scholarships to individuals who have grown up in Oklahoma that have and continue to exemplify the same beliefs of hard work, individual responsibility and education for attendance at an Oklahoma accredited College, University or Technical School.
Candidates for an award from the Foundation should show achievement in their educational studies, leadership and character. The awards are targeted to assist those who have worked hard and overcame obstacles in their life to prepare themselves for a formal education beyond high school.
Each Scholarship Award granted can be up to $10,000 per academic school year with the actual amount of each award determined by the Foundation. We expect the average award to be less than $10,000 and the actual number of awards will be determined after all applications are received and reviewed.
The awards are meant to supplement financial aid for students to eliminate or minimize the amount of loans and family contributions required to achieve their educational aspirations. Awards are for one academic school year and can be used for academic year’s tuition and fees and a reasonable allowance for room and board, as determined by the Foundation. A Scholarship recipient may apply for a renewal each year but can only be awarded an additional scholarship or grant four (4) times.
We are looking for students who have exhibited the traits of Jimmie throughout their life. While every application will be carefully considered and evaluated, the candidates that are seeking to major in a technical field of study, have helped provide for their own financial support while growing up in Oklahoma, have a strong desire to remain in Oklahoma after graduation with their four year degree, and have shown strong academic achievement by obtaining an ACT score of 20 or higher will be given preference. Students who are not pursuing a major in a technical field but have a compelling obstacle or hardship will be closely considered as well.