Alan and Sonya Payne were both devoted OBU alumni who cared deeply about the mission of the University and were transformed by their time there. They met on campus through their social clubs, Lambda Chi Lambda and Theta Sigma Chi, fell in love, and were married shortly after their graduation in the spring of 1992. They had four children, three of whom have become OBU students themselves. Both Alan and Sonya battled with cancer and have gone home to be with the Lord, leaving a legacy rooted in the university. They always emphasized to their children how meaningful their time at OBU was to them, and their children have decided to honor their legacy through a memorial scholarship.