William R. and Billie D. Buckles Scholarship in Business Established

Alva, Oklahoma – Bill and Billie Buckles established the William R. and Billie D. Buckles Scholarship in Business to promote business and Northwestern. The Buckles value education at all levels and want to promote higher education to strengthen the local economy while aiding in the education of business majors.

Bill Buckles grew up on a farm near Dacoma, Okla., and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1964. Bill taught math for two years in Great Bend, Kan., before he returned to Northwest Oklahoma and began a 39-year career with Central National Bank. Bill graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking in 1986.

Growing up in Folsom, Okla., Billie began her banking career as a secretary for a bank president. She graduated from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking in 1975 and built a successful 24-year career in banking and finance. She became an officer in the National Association of Bank Women, earned insurance and securities licenses, and became an investment adviser.

Bill and Billie Buckles are great people and outstanding stalwarts of both our community and Northwestern,” said Skeeter Bird, CEO, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni AssociationWe are grateful they have chosen to invest so generously in our business students. Bill and Billie are keenly aware of how important great business students are to the future economic success of Alva and northwest Oklahoma. This scholarship will help our Business Division recruit and retain the best and brightest students at Northwestern. 

Applicants may be incoming freshmen or continuing students. If an incoming freshman, applicant must have been involved in speech, debate, music or sports. Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and enrolled as a full-time student

For more information on the William R. and Billie D. Buckles Scholarship or about investing in Northwestern students, contact Skeeter Bird at 580-327-8593 or email at [email protected].


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