Proud to Pay it Forward

July 23, 2018

Lane and Maureen Wilson  Like many supporters of the TCC Foundation, Lane and Maureen Wilson were personally affected by the power of scholarship in their own educational careers. Today, after intentional consideration, they believe that investing in The Campaign for Completion is the best way to “pay it forward” for a new generation of Tulsans.

“All of us can look back to a conversation or a gift of some kind that helped us in a way that we could be thankful for and want to return that favor to someone else,” said Maureen Wilson. “We’re a community, and we’re not just individuals.”

 

“All of us can look back to a conversation or a gift of some kind that helped us in a way that we could be thankful for and want to return that favor to someone else.”

Maureen Wilson

 

Maureen Wilson shared how although she worked two jobs as a computer operator and a waitress in college, it still wasn’t enough. “In middle school and high school, I read biography after biography for inspiration,” she said. “I read about men and women who achieved their dreams despite limited resources. I realized that I could accomplish my goals but that it might take creative thinking and more time.”

Thanks to a little help from champions who believed in her, Maureen Wilson became a Bovaird Scholarship recipient which helped pay for the University of Tulsa, where she graduated with a dual degree in Engineering Physics and Applied Mathematics. She began her career with IBM and then transitioned to WilTel/WorldCom before returning to the world of education herself.

Today, the Wilsons give back to the community through multiple charitable efforts, but The Campaign for Completion holds a special place in their hearts. “The Campaign provided an opportunity to return the kindness given to me and my family,” she explained. “Students of all ages may experience a variety of impediments to achieving their educational potential. Removing financial barriers and providing improved academic advising so that students can create new opportunities for their and their family’s futures is a great way to invest in Tulsa.”

 

“The Campaign provided an opportunity to return the kindness given to me and my family. Students of all ages may experience a variety of impediments to achieving their educational potential. Removing financial barriers and providing improved academic advising so that students can create new opportunities for their and their family’s futures is a great way to invest in Tulsa.”

Maureen Wilson

Lane Wilson, who serves as a Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Williams, also sees The Campaign as an important investment — not just in individual students, but in the community as a whole. “There are lots of ways that a student can get tripped up,” he shared. “The reality is that if we don’t have a strong workforce here in Tulsa, the economy is going to suffer … which means everybody in the community is going to suffer. TCC is one of the very best options we have to invest in our city. It serves a critical role.”

 

“There are lots of ways that a student can get tripped up … the reality is that if we don’t have a strong workforce here in Tulsa, the economy is going to suffer … which means everybody in the community is going to suffer. TCC is one of the very best options we have to invest in our city. It serves a critical role.”

Lane Wilson

 

“Tulsa’s human capital holds great potential and is valuable,” added Maureen Wilson, “Who knows what innovative ideas and products exist in Tulsans’ imaginations? … I just want to say thank you to all of the people who believed in me and invested in my future … In particular, thank you to mentors, teachers, and professors as well as the Bovaird, Schusterman and many other generous families for their investment in Tulsa’s human capital.”

 

 

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