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The memory of early childhood educator Tina Hope Davis was recognized as Donna Cox and LaDona Hill, of Tina’s Legacy Committee, presented a $21,000 check to the ECU Foundation, Inc. in establishing a Centennial Endowment Scholarship at East Central University.

Davis, who passed away in 2015, attended ECU and earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1984 and later earned her master’s degree in special education. As a student at ECU, Davis was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and also served as a Tiger mascot for the cheerleading squad.

Her teaching career included Ardmore Schools and Ada Schools. While in Ada, she taught early childhood special education for 29 years, where she eventually became the director of Special Services.

Davis was considered a compassionate teacher who believed all children could learn and be successful. She was also a passionate swim instructor who devoted her summers to teaching swimming and water safety.

“Tina had a kind, joyful heart and loving spirit. She devoted her life to helping educating others,” said Cox. “This Centennial Scholarship will ensure that Mrs. Davis’ dedication to helping others will live on through the scholarships.”

Scholarships from the endowment will be awarded each year to an undergraduate or graduate student who is majoring in special education to elementary education. A preference will be given to an ECU cheerleader as well.

Anyone who wishes to donate towards the Tina Hope Davis Centennial Scholarship Endowment may send their gifts to: ECU Foundation, Inc. at 1100 E. 14th Street, PMB Y8, Ada, OK 74820 or donate online at


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