Adams State announces new scholarships


The Adams State University Foundation continues to appreciate the many scholarships established to financially assist students pursuing their academic goals.

Gerald Corning Accounting Scholarship

Accounting alumnus Jim Harvey '83 created the Gerald Corning Accounting Scholarship to honor the emeritus professor of accounting for his 35-year commitment to teaching at Adams State.

"This is a fitting tribute for someone who dedicated so many years to serving students at Adams State," Harvey said. "I also want to give back to the institution that had such a positive effect on my life."

Corning said he was pleased and honored to be recognized by Harvey. "He was an excellent student."

Harvey said he had many classes with Corning and appreciated how effectively Corning explained accounting principles and applied them to practical problems. "You could see his enjoyment as his students grew academically and developed their skills as future professionals," Harvey said. "You sensed his pride when his students performed well in class and at PBL (Phi Beta Lambda) competitions. This inspired me to do my best."

With Corning's help, Harvey earned his Certified Public Accounting license in 1985 and has held various controller/CFO positions through the years. Harvey is in his 11th year as CFO (chief financial officer) for USA Swimming in Colorado Springs. They serve over 300,000 members and have an annual budget of $30 million.

"I have been very blessed in my career and am grateful to Mr. Corning and Adams State for the excellent education that I received," Harvey said. Corning genuinely wanted to see his students succeed. "When they did, he received his greatest reward."

Sinclair Scholarship

The family of William "Bill" Sinclair '70, '76 established a scholarship in his name to benefit students in Human Performance and Physical Education (HPPE). For 30 years Sinclair taught physical education at the Los Animas High School, which named their gymnasium in his honor.

"He touched so many students' lives while he taught," said his wife, Phyllis '71, noting Sinclair's friends and family created the scholarship. "He actually started getting letters and calls from people that really appreciated what he had done for them."

The award is for graduate or undergraduate students in HPPE, with preference given to physical education K-12 and coaching majors. Preference will also be given to graduates from Las Animas High School, located in Las Animas, Colo.

William and Taka Oba Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Adams State President Fred Plachy originally hired Dr. William Oba '47 to teach philosophy. Oba later became the first professor to teach sociology when the school established a sociology program.

According to Oba's son, Ronald, Oba enjoyed his profession, particularly helping students learn to better understand themselves and improve the quality of their relationships through the principles of sociology and philosophy.

"He (Dr. Oba) was always proud to be an Adams State alumnus." After receiving his undergraduate degree from Adams State, William Oba attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

The Oba children, David '77, Dean '75 & Evelyn '83, and Ronald, established the William and Taka Oba Memorial Scholarship Endowment. "Our parents were the beneficiaries of various levels of outside support throughout their lives," Ronald said. "This scholarship is a way to pay forward the support they received to future generations."

The scholarship is for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or nursing who will be at least a sophomore during the award year. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, or better, and preference will be given to residents of the San Luis Valley.

Ronald and his siblings established the scholarship in both parents' names, because they were a team in everything they did. "During his lifetime, William was a Methodist minister, a college professor, and a successful entrepreneur with multiple businesses and Taka always stood by his side to help and encourage him. They had a very strong partnership."

Both William and Taka were Colorado natives and Southern Colorado was their chosen long-term home. "They strongly believed a college education was a very important springboard to allow people to pursue a better life and establish themselves professionally," Ronald added.