Eileen Smith Mosley Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Dr. Rose Marie Smith to honor her sister. It is presented to a junior or senior student needing financial assistance to complete his or her degree.
“I was born in Oklahoma City on Christmas Eve, 1936. Mother introduced me to my sister, Rose Marie, saying ‘this is your baby, too, we need you to help take care of her.’ Rose Marie took this assignment to heart and for more than 70 years she has taken care of me. Now she has honored this assignment by establishing a scholarship in my name,” Mosley said.
“I grew up in Oklahoma City. My daddy was a cattleman and mother was a stay at home mom. I went to Sequoyah Grade School, Taft Jr. High School and Classen Senior High School. In the fall of 1955, I started as a freshman at the Oklahoma College for Women -- majoring in speech and drama. However, in June 1958, I came to a fork in my college road and married Joe Mosley. We moved to Ft. Worth and that fall I enrolled in Texas Wesleyan University, majoring in elementary education. We moved back to Oklahoma and I was able to finish that semester at OCW.
“While at OCW, I was a member of Zeta Phi Eta, Green Masque, Cap ‘N Bells, The Fashion Board, Pi Zeta Kappa, The Baptist Student Union and Eche Sa Social Club. I was treasurer of the Freshman Class, Stage Manager for the Glee Club, emcee of the Seals Water Show and had parts in all the major productions of the Drama Department. I had the lead as Chorus Leader in “Boy With a Cart” and was stage manager for “The Chalk Garden.” When Les Brown and his Band of Renown came on campus, I was stage manager for his program along with helping back stage when Agnes Morehead came to do her one woman show of “Dial M for Murder.”
“After graduation we moved to Oklahoma City and Joe became associate pastor of the Olivet Baptist Church. In 1963 our daughter Juli was born. In 1964 we moved to Bridgeport, Texas where Joe pastored the First Baptist Church. The town did not have a kindergarten program. I worked with the public school system and established my own school, Mrs. Mosley’s Kindergarten. In 1970 we moved to Farmers Branch, Texas, where Joe became pastor of the Valwood Park Baptist Church. Having taught Bible Studies in previous churches, I began the Tuesday Morning Bible Class at Valwood. In 1982 I had a career change and began working for an insurance company. I retired in 1995 as executive assistant to the president of the company.
“In 1992 I became president of the USAO Alumni Association. Highlights of this time in office were the beginnings of the dream to have a university museum/archives and the wedding together of OCW, OCLA and USAO. A logo was established with the common letter O for the great state of OKLAHOMA tying together each name. The result was a huge success and the logo still remains today as the logo for the USAO Alumni Association and as a symbol of the alumni working together for the betterment of this great university.
“I want to say thank you to my sister, Rose Marie, for establishing this scholarship in my name. I love you.”