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WC Foundation receives $255,000 estate gift


The Weatherford College Foundation has announced a $255,000 estate gift establishing a new endowed scholarship fund for WC students.

The Harold M. Jacklin, Jr. and Cumile Pope Jacklin Trust was established in 1978 by the Jacklin family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The gift to the WC Foundation will create the Nannie McCall Pope and Florence Hayes Jacklin Scholarship, named in honor of the Jacklins’ mothers.

The scholarship is earmarked for students entering the field of economics and/or finance, “fostering the private and free enterprise system envisioned by the Constitution.”

“We are so thankful for donors like Harold and Cumile Jacklin,” said Bob Glenn, WC Foundation President. “Our largest gifts come from estate planning, and we’re very glad the Jacklins had the foresight to include a scholarship for Weatherford College students when they set up their family trust.”

Cumile Pope grew up in the Millsap area and attended Weatherford College in the late 1920s. She married Harold in 1948 – a marriage that lasted 44 years until her death in 1992.

Mr. Jacklin was born in Wisconsin and grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana. He spent his career as a top executive in the marine and automotive industries. He also served in the U.S. Department of Transportation as Deputy Director of the Motor Vehicle Safety Performance Service. He passed away in April 2016 at the age of 98.

“The generosity of the Jacklin family will help students for decades to come,” said Brent Baker, WC’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “They are leaving quite a legacy here in the lives of our students.”

The Weatherford College Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to WC students over the past 10 years.