For These College Students, One Man’s Generous Gift is Helping Them Take Center Stage

Everett scholarship recipients
University of Oklahoma performing arts students who have benefitted from Everett scholarships stand on stage at OU’s Reynolds Performing Arts Center. From left to right: Matthew Baier, violin, Justin Rainey, ballet, Aedan Donovan, ballet, Sarah Spurlin, vocals, Victoria Day, cello, and Owen Materne, ballet.

For Dr. Mark Allen Everett to lead a life he was proud of, he knew he had to follow in his family’s footsteps. An esteemed physician, he mirrored his father, Dr. Mark R. Everett, by creating a distinguished medical career at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and becoming an expert in skin diseases as well as chair of the Department of Dermatology. A lover of the arts, he inherited his generosity from his mother, Alice Everett, who was known for her community service and whose charity touched the lives of many.

Dr. Mark Allen Everett

Dr. Everett established several funds at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to memorialize his beloved parents and several other family members. He also transferred his private foundation’s assets to the Community Foundation to create the Everett Family Affiliated Fund. Through these funds, Dr. Everett perpetuated his diverse charitable interests, including a variety of scholarships and awards for students studying ballet, music, art, English, gymnastics and medicine.

“The Alice Everett Memorial Scholarship has afforded me countless opportunities to learn, meet fantastic people and share my love and passion for music with those around me,” said Victoria Day, a cellist and freshman at The University of Oklahoma. “I look forward to continuing my education with the continued support of this scholarship.”

Dr. Everett died in 2006 at age 78, but is forever remembered by his family and friends as charming, brilliant, witty, opinionated and, most importantly, an exceptionally generous man.

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