Tigner estate’s generous gift expands endowment of English education scholarships

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SE Communications
Josh Manck

The greater Southeastern Oklahoma State University family experienced a loss last year with the death of Distinguished Alumnus Evert Tigner, but Southeastern students will see their opportunities expanded thanks to a generous gift from his estate.

Tigner passed away in California at the age of 93 last year, and his estate has donated another $200,000 to further fund scholarships for English education which were previously endowed.

After growing up on a farm in Albany, Okla., Tigner came to Durant and graduated from Southeastern in 1953. He went on to experience success in teaching and dealing in arts and antiques, and has previously donated to Southeastern in numerous capacities over the years.

“Evert Tigner’s generosity to his alma mater has had a visible example on campus for over a decade in the Shakespearean collection in the Henry G. Bennett Library, and this donation continues a legacy of love for Southeastern,” said Southeastern President Dr. Thomas W. Newsom. “While those who have met Evert and knew him are certainly sad he is no longer with us, we are grateful to have known him and thankful for his love and generosity to Southeastern.”

The Evert Tigner Scholarship will continue to enhance opportunities for qualified students majoring in English and pursuing English education careers.

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