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10/6/2010

Emery Taylor Scholarship to assist students from Eufaula, Muskogee to attend OU

Emery Taylor
Emery Taylor

Warren, Alan and Joyce Taylor were looking for a lasting gift to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of their father, Emery Taylor, on June 27.

Their gift: an endowed scholarship in his name at the University of Oklahoma.

The Taylor children established the Emery Taylor Endowed Scholarship to carry forward the legacy of their father, who fostered their interest in learning and encouraged them to realize their dreams. 

“A century is an important milestone,” said Warren Taylor. “Although our father died at age 62, his influence has persisted in our lives and in those of family and friends. We thought this would be a good time to remember and honor him. Both of our parents saw education as key to reaching your full potential in life, which allows you to give back to the community.” 

The Emery Taylor Scholarship provides assistance to incoming freshman students graduating from high schools in Eufaula and Muskogee, communities where the Taylor family has deep roots.  The family hopes that this scholarship will enhance diversity and opportunity at the University of Oklahoma by helping first-generation students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The first recipient of the Emery Taylor Scholarship is Jericha McGill of Muskogee.

Warren, Alan and Joyce, who all benefited from scholarship support during their college years, have made a financial commitment to establish the endowment.  They made an additional gift so that a $1,000 scholarship could be awarded to a deserving student for the 2010-2011 academic year.

While Emery never attended college, he taught his children many valuable lessons on the importance of hard work, honesty, gratitude, compassion and generosity, they said. Emery and his wife, the late Alice Marie Warren Taylor, an elementary school teacher, also instilled in their children the value of higher education.

All three children went on to earn college degrees.  Warren holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and Joyce a bachelor’s degree in journalism, both from OU.  Alan graduated from Rice with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and earned a doctorate in pharmacology from Washington University in St. Louis.

They also have had successful professional careers: Warren has spent his entire career working for the Air Force, currently maintaining the Central Integrated Test System software for the B-1B aircraft; Alan spent his career in pharmaceutical development, initially with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and later as vice president, Regulatory Affairs, at Gilead Sciences; and Joyce held various leadership positions with AT&T, retiring as senior vice president for External Affairs-Northern California.

“Our parents had high expectations for all of us, and we continue to have high expectations for ourselves,” Warren said.

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