The Simon Estes Educational Foundation
The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1983. Led by Jayne L. Reed, a small group of Tulsans met with opera star Simon Estes, in town to perform with the Tulsa Opera. Bound by a mutual belief in the importance of education and concern for the many bright high school seniors financially unable to attend college, the group decided to do what they could to assist these promising Tulsa-area students. Mr. Estes and Ms. Reed serve as Co-Founders of the Foundation. Further showing his support, Mr. Estes has made concert appearances in Tulsa to benefit the Foundation gratuitous.
In the past twenty nine years, the Foundation has raised several million dollars towards scholarships to assist 334 qualified, graduating Tulsa area high school seniors. These Simon Estes Scholars have attended some of this nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities and some have participated in international study programs abroad. This list includes Baylor, Cornell, Eastman School of Music, Harvard, Howard, Loyola, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Morehouse, Northeastern State University, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State University, Rice, Spelman, St. Louis University, University of Denver, University of Michigan, University of Missouri at Kansas City, The University of Oklahoma, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, The University of Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Washington University at St. Louis, William Jewell, and Yale. Academic pursuits range from Accounting, Aerospace, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, International Business, Journalism, to Pharmacy, Physics, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Sociology, Speech Pathology, and Water Resource Management. All graduates have taken their places in the professional world and serve as the greatest endorsement of the work of the Foundation.