|Richard Opdyke and scholarship recipient Courtney Calbert.
Richard Opdyke was shocked by the sudden passing of his beloved wife, Laurene.
Laurene was a nurse, and traveled the globe with Richard following his career as a pilot. She made an impression wherever she went, sharing her compassion with patients from Alaska to Saudi Arabia. Eventually, the couple retired in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Richard says it was Laurene's calling in life to be a nurse. He knew the best way to honor her legacy was to establish a scholarship in her name to help other nursing students pursue their dreams. His financial planner referred him to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, and we helped him use gifts from his IRA to fund the scholarship.
"The Oklahoma City Community Foundation made it simple for me to build Laurene's legacy through an IRA Charitable Rollover."
For Courtney Calbert, a recipient of the Laurene Opdyke Nursing Scholarship, the award is helping her create a legacy of her own.
"The scholarship is not just helping me pay for my tuition," Courtney said. "Laurene's legacy is also helping me learn to become a more capable provider."
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