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Family announces endowment for engineering alumnus

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Scholarship to provide merit-based financial assistance to full-time freshmen students

A University of Tulsa presidential scholarship has been established in honor of alumnus William A. “Bill” Black (BS ’52).

The Black family’s $150,000 donation to TU will create the William A. Black Presidential Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering, providing merit-based financial assistance to freshmen enrolled as full-time students.

After graduating from TU, Black enjoyed a successful career in the energy industry and spent 31 years working for Helmerich and Payne, where he retired as executive vice president. He passed away in February 2013 at the age of 83.

Black and his wife, Mary Lou, were long-time Tulsa residents and had three children. He was a proud and loyal alumnus who deeply valued the quality education he received at TU.

Natalie Adams