Busey Brothers Give $20,000 to SWOSU for Scholarship Fund
Two Southwestern Oklahoma State University graduates from the Oklahoma City area are giving back to their alma mater in the form of the Busey Brothers’ Scholarship Fund.
Brian Busey and Philip Busey, Jr., of the Delaware Resource Group set up the scholarship fund with an initial gift of $10,000 to the SWOSU Foundation, and the Buseys recently gave another $10,000 for the fund, which is used to finance six various scholarships per year on the Weatherford campus.
One of the scholarships goes to a student enrolled in the Everett Dobson School of Business & Technology, and another scholarship is awarded to a non-scholarship member of the SWOSU football team. During this next year, two scholarships will be awarded by the SWOSU Engineering Technology Department.
“We are deeply grateful for the loyalty and generosity of Philip and Brian Busey,” said Lynne Thurman, assistant to the president for institutional advancement at SWOSU. “We have been blessed with their friendship and support in so many ways. This latest gift will help ensure that deserving, hard-working students here at SWOSU receive much-needed assistance in reaching their educational goals.”
Brian, who is senior vice president and chief executive officer of the DRG, played football at SWOSU and was a business major. Philip, who is senior vice president and chief communications officer, majored in communication arts at SWOSU and is very active on the SWOSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, currently serving as vice president of the association and chair of the SWOSU Alumni Golf Tournament.
The Busey brothers are very active at DRG, a rapidly growing defense contractor, which is a subsidiary of the Busey Group of Companies. The company was founded in 2002 by their father, Phil G. Busey Sr., and currently has more than 700 employees and operations around the world.
Brian Busey is a graduate of Leadership Edmond Class XXIV and volunteers in several capacities in the Oklahoma City and Edmond communities. He and his wife, Jana, have one son and they are expecting a baby girl.
Philip Busey serves on numerous civic boards and organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City and on the board of trustees for the Cherokee Nation Heritage Center in Tahlequah. He is a past chairman of the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce. Philip was named a Journal Record’s “Achiever Under 40” and made Oklahoma Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list as well as OKC Biz Magazine’s “Forty Under 40.” He and his wife, Heather, also a SWOSU alum, live in Edmond.
Both brothers were honored by the National Center for the American Indian Enterprise Development as a Native American 40 under 40 making a difference nationally in Indian Country. Both were also named to the Business Times of Edmond’s list of “20 Under Forty.” The brothers are proud citizens of the Cherokee Nation.