DURANT, Okla. â€“ The George R. Clark Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to support students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
The endowed scholarship was established as a memorial to George Clark Sr. by his son, George Clark Jr., and daughter Aja Clark.
The scholarship is available to students who have declared aviation-professional pilot as their major field of study and who have a minimum 3.25 grade-point average. Preference will be given to students graduating from Durant High School.
Should a DHS student not be available, the second preference will be Bryan County high school students.
Clark Sr. was a native of Anna, Texas, and a graduate of Blue Ridge High School. He attended Southeastern one year before being drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and serving 39 months during World War II.
He left the Army in 1945 and in 1946 founded Clark’s Furniture in Madill, Oklahoma. He opened a second store in Durant in 1961.
He was a member of the Durant Lions Club, the American Legion, the Civil Air Patrol, and served on the Bryan County Selective Service board during the Vietnam War. He also served on the boards of several national trade organizations.
He gave to and supported various community endeavors and groups and was a great supporter of The Business and Professional Women’s Club. He was an advocate of higher education and helped many of his employees’ children attend college.
Clark Sr. was the pilot for the late Governor Raymond Gary during his campaign. He volunteered his flight services for many families during times of need and loved to take people who had never flown for rides on Sunday afternoons.
George Jr., Senior Financial Officer of First United Bank & Trust, is carrying on his father’s love of business and flying as a recreational pilot. Aja is a fearless adventurer just like her dad. She is an avid runner and marathoner and works in the field of petroleum exploration in Wyoming.