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When local businessman, Walter P. Scheffe looked at creating a charitable fund through the Community Foundation, he wanted most to create an opportunity for local nonprofits to participate in building endowments for their agencies so that the local agencies could benefit the community forever.  He understands the impact that a permanent endowment can make over the life of a nonprofit agency.  He saw his gift as an investment that would continue to give over time.  Earnings from the fund are to be utilized to match permanent endowments established for the benefit of local nonprofit agencies which will help the nonprofits to address community needs quicker by compounding the value of the funds through the matching opportunity.  The gift – and all future earnings from the gift – is a permanent source of community capital, helping do good work today and in the future. 


Mr. Scheffe also understood that Donors who endow their gifts can make a difference in their community during their lifetime and, at the same time, provide a gift that lasts forever.  Grants will continue to be made in the name of the fund the donor establishes so that the charitable wishes are preserved, even if an organization receiving grants ceases to exist in the future.


Leaders of nonprofits in our community look to the community foundation to hold their organization’s endowment because they know that having a constant, source of funding helps them respond to emergency needs as well as plan for the future and sustain the good work they do.

Click here to see the Scheffe Matching Form.

Walter P Scheffe from Enid Oklahoma
Walter P Scheffe from Enid Oklahoma



Walter was born October 19, 1917 in Kansas to Otto and Minnie Pope Scheffe.  He moved to Enid at an early age.

When Walter was 15 he worked for an Enid pharmacy delivering prescriptions. He graduated from Enid High School. He attended the University Of Oklahoma
College Of Pharmacy and graduated in 1939 and worked for an Enid pharmacy before joining the Air Corp in 1943. He flew photo reconnaissance missions in the Pacific Theater until 1946. He was involved in photo mapping missions over China, Burma, India, and Japan. He flew the plane that took photos after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of WW II.

Walter returned to Enid in 1946 to open his first of three Scheffe Prescription Shops. He helped create a countywide immunization program for polio in 1962, a program that was adopted and used as a nationwide model. Walter was a strong supporter of Scouting for many years and donated the building on North Grand in1995 that is the current Cimarron Council Service Center. In 1990, he received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can present to a volunteer.

In 1988, he was named Enid’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year, for his perpetual contributions to the community of Enid. He served as chairman of the United Way and YMCA board of directors and has been a member of Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Board of Trustees of Phillips University and Enid Higher Education Foundation. He also served as president of Enid Kiwanis club.

His professional accomplishments include being the recipient of A.H. Robin Bowl of Hygeia Award, served as a president of the American College of Apothecaries and being a member of Lederle Pharmacy Advisory Committee and National Advisory Committee for Squibb Corporation. He also served with the Advisory Council for the University Of Oklahoma College Of Pharmacy, is a past president of the Oklahoma Pharmaceutical Association, a former member of OPhA Executive Council and a member of Garfield County Pharmaceutical Association.

Walter was also one of the finalists in 2006 for the Pillar of the Plains. Walter sold his businesses in 2007 and retired. He loved to hunt and fish and was a founding member of the local Grand National Quail Club formed in 1967. Walter had a passion for helping people. He loved Enid and was an active leader in the community.

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