Lawry Student Fund


The OSU Philosophy Department has established the Edward G. Lawry Philosophy Student Fund with the hope that Dr. Lawry's enthusiastic teaching, research and service will continue to benefit OSU, its students and alumni for many years to come. The fund is established in honor of Ed Lawry, OSU Philosophy Professor Emeritus, and Founder of the Friends of the Forms, a student philosophy club. The fund will be used for all things student including, but not limited to:

  • Undergraduate Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Conference Travel
  • Hosting Undergraduate Student Conferences and Colloquia
  • Friends of the Forms Support
  • Lectures
  • Receptions
  • Phi Sigma Tau Support
  • Discussion Groups


Lawry1Dr. Lawry retired in May of 2006 after 36 years of service to OSU. While at OSU, Dr. Lawry published professionally on European philosophical themes and Ethics. He also served a term as President of the Southwestern Philosophical Society and as President of the Mountain Plains Philosophy Conference. Dr. Lawry was a National Executive Board Member of both the Drake Group and the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. He was a past chair and officer of OSU's Faculty Council and an active and vocal champion for faculty governance.





The Friends of the Forms was founded in 1973 by Dr. Lawry as a student philosophy club dedicated to the extension of the life of the mind beyond the confines of curriculum. The club sponsors bi-weekly lectures and discussions by on campus faculty from a wide variety of Colleges and Departments. Every Spring semester they host a special "Philosopher-in-Residence" program inviting a philosopher of national reputation to come for three days, give two lectures, and meet informally with students. The club also invites off campus speakers for lectures and cooperates with many other groups on campus to sponsor lectures. There are no dues and all meetings are free and open to the public. The program is constructed by the officers in connection with the club's advisor. The Friends of the Forms was awarded the Arts & Sciences Student Organization of the Year award in 2000 and 2005. The current Friends of the Forms Schedule of Lectures and additional information about the club's foundation can be found on the Friends of the Forms Webpage.             


Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. To donate, please make your check payable to "Lawry Student Fund, Philosophy" and send it to:

Lawry Student Fund, Philosophy
c/o Oklahoma State University Foundation
400 South Monroe
Stillwater, OK  74074

Or donate online at the OSU Foundation website to the Lawry Student Fund in Philosophy.