The Cameron University Foundation has established the Shelia Lee Endowed Scholarship in Business, an initiative launched by the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII to commemorate the legacy of the late Shelia Lee. Major donors to the endowment are Cameron University alumni Sylvia Burgess, Brad and Karen Burgess, and Bill Burgess, who jointly contributed $10,000. Approximately 25 additional donors also contributed to the endowment.
“Cameron University is honored to commemorate Shelia Lee’s legacy of leadership and excellence with this endowment,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “The members of the Burgess family and the many donors who have made this scholarship possible will impact the lives of Cameron students and in doing so, honor Shelia’s memory and commitment to the community.
To be eligible for the Shelia Lee Endowed Scholarship, applicants must be female, full-time students carrying a minimum of 12 hours, with a preference toward those who are pursuing a degree in business. The scholarship will be awarded to sophomores, juniors and seniors who meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4 point scale. Scholarship funds are to be used for the cost of tuition, books, and other educational fees. Once awarded, a recipient may retain the scholarship until degree completion if she maintains eligibility.
Lee was a community leader who served the Chamber for more than 15 years and who was named president of the organization in November 2010. She began her professional life as a successful businesswoman in Hanau, Germany, where she was a retail specialist with Waterford/Wedgwood and as an accountant for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Once she returned to the United States, she began work in the field of career services, assisting others in the finding an appropriate career path. She moved to Lawton where she worked in Student Services for Draughon College and later became a Fiscal Officer at The Marie Detty Head Start Center. She began her prominent Chamber of Commerce career in 1996 as the receptionist with the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Throughout the years, she thrived in many roles at the Chamber, including Military Affairs, Membership, Tourism and Vice President.
For more information about the Sheila Lee Endowed Scholarship in Business, contact the Cameron University Foundation at 580-581-2999.
October 15, 2012