Local Sonic Drive-In continues to give to Northwestern students

Gary Adams, owner and operator of Alva's Sonic Drive-In, continues to support education with the Alva Sonic Scholarship. Adams recently presented a $5,000 gift to the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association for the benefit of Northwestern students. This donation is made possible by Alva's Sonic Drive-in, Gary Adams and the Marvin and Barbara Jirous Foundation.
To date, Adams – in association with the Alva Sonic Drive-In and the Marvin and Barbara Jirous Foundation – has given $72,500 to various University projects and groups. Specifically, the Alva Sonic Scholarship endowment is now valued at $63,950.
“We are grateful for Gary’s continued investment in our students through the Sonic Scholarship,” said Skeeter Bird, CEO, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association. “After starting his scholarship over 21 years ago, we are now seeing the second generation of students benefitting from the Sonic Scholarship. Over time and with consistent installments, this endowment has grown to provide a significant impact. We consider this an incredible legacy for Gary Adams and for Sonic.” 
To be considered for the Alva Sonic Scholarship, applicants must meet all standard scholarship requirements, including being an incoming freshman, full-time student attending classes on the Alva campus with at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who hold permanent residence in Lamar, Colorado; Alva, Oklahoma; Warren, Arkansas; Hobbs, New Mexico; or Augusta, Kansas – communities where Adams owns Sonics – will be given preference.
For more information on the Alva Sonic Scholarship, or about investing in Northwestern students, contact Bird at 580-327-8593 or email [email protected].
Photo: Gary Adams presents Skeeter Bird with a check for the Alva Sonic Scholarship.


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