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W.G. "Dub" Garnett Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2009 in honor of W.G. "Dub" Garnett by his family, this scholarship is Dub's perpetual gift of help for those that need it. Dub was a big supporter of Northwestern and understood how important the university was to Alva and the surrounding communities. He was a very generous man who did everything he could to lend a hand when it was needed. Receipients' area of study should have an emphasis in business or agribusiness.

Jim Gatz Agriculture Scholarship

Established in the spring of 1987, the Jim Gatz Agriculture Award is intended to provide worthy incentive and encouragement for an outstanding student in agriculture. The award, established by Ruth Ann Gatz and others, honors the memory of her husband, Jim Gatz, who died March 16, 1983, of injuries in a farming accident. The award recipient is to typify characteristics exhibited by Jim Gatz: honesty, integrity, motivation for application, and a willingness to work beyond what is necessary for minimum accomplishment. The Gatz family extends its appreciation to Leo Brandt, former chairman of the Northwestern Agriculture Department, for the guidance and inspiration he provided to Jim Gatz as a student.

Blake Lauer “Big Heart” Memorial Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2007 by friends, relatives, fellow classmates and Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rodeo Club members in memory of Blake Lauer. Blake was a student at Northwestern from 2001 to 2002. He was a transfer student from Pratt Community College, majoring in Agri-business. Blake was born and raised on a ranch southwest of Buffalo. At the age of 12, he started his rodeo career and was PRCA member at the time of his death. His work ethic was impeccable. Blake’s smile and easy going nature attracted many friends throughout many states. Blake’s untimely death at the age of 24 was a tragedy to everyone who knew him; and those that didn't know him, don’t know what they missed. This scholarship is given to help keep Blake’s memory alive and is to be used wisely to help the recipient receive his/her education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Tony Schnitzer Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2004 by memorial contributions made by his son and wife, Dr. and Mrs. A Merrill Schnitzer of Bartlesville, OK. Tony Schnitzer was born in Denver, Colorado on March 6, 1891 to John and Katharina (Kohl) Schnitzer. While still a young boy, Tony’s family moved to a farm southeast of Woodward, OK. After his father died, the family moved to Alva where the brothers opened the Schnitzer Brother’s meat market. He married Genevieve Alice Criswell in 1918 and to this union a son, Anton Merrill, was born. Both Alice and Merrill are graduates of Northwestern. He was a lifetime hunter and fisherman and was known as a hard working businessman with a cheery smile. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a member for the Northwestern Rodeo Team majoring in Agriculture.

Wisdom Family Foundation Agricultural Education Scholarship

Established in 2011, the Wisdom Family Foundation Agricultural Education Scholarship will be awarded to full-time students in the agriculture education program in their junior and senior year. Applicants must be residents of Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Kingfisher, Major, Woods or Woodward counties or a graduate from a high school in one of the counties. Dr. Peggy Wisdom, chairman of the Wisdom Family Foundation and the daughter of the late C.W. and Grace Wisdom, said agriculture played a prominent part in her family’s life.

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Business

Don and Donna Benson Family Scholarship

Established in 2009 in honor of Don and Donna Benson by their family, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide relief in any way possible to a continuing student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University studying in the field of business, accounting, law or political science. The Benson family has been a strong supporter of Northwestern and hopes this scholarship can help as many Rangers as need it.

Robert R. Brown Scholarship

Adair Brown and his family established this scholarship in 1997. This scholarship is given in Robert R. Brown’s name as he was a friend and supporter of the University and always spoke positively of the good the University did for Alva, his home which he dearly loved. In all, seven of his children and grandchildren attended Northwestern and benefited from their experiences. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing NWOSU student with a minimum CGPA of 2.7. First preference will be given to business majors, with second preference going to economics majors. The recipient must have resided in Oklahoma, Kansas, or Colorado and must possess a positive attitude about the future and be able to express the same. Applicants must exhibit leadership skills and be active in campus organizations.

John N. Cameron and Sheldon and Joy Cameron Sherman Scholarship Fund

Funds in honor of John N. Cameron were presented in 1961 when Mr. Cameron retired from the Northwestern faculty. His former students, family and friends established this fund. Cameron served on the faculty of Northwestern for 35 years and he is well remembered as being sensitive, compassionate and responsive to the needs of his students and friends. Funds in honor of Sheldon Sherman were contributed by family and friends to this endowment at the time of his death in 2004. Sheldon, the husband of Joy Cameron Sherman, was a member of the Northwestern Agriculture judging team when he was a student at Northwestern. This scholarship will be awarded each year to students majoring in math, pre-engineering or agribusiness.

Wilma A. Ernst Scholarship

Wilma A. Ernst served with distinction as a faculty member of Northwestern State College from 1940 to 1972. In tribute to her years of service, funds were donated by students, faculty, and friends. The recipient of the Ernst Scholarship is chosen by the business faculty. The award is made annually to upper division students majoring in any of the major areas in the business department. Other criteria considered are academic achievement, activities in the department and on campus, and need.

Mead and Mary Ferguson Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2006 by Mead Ferguson. Mead and Mary were married in 1960. Mead received his B.S. degree from Yale University and his M.B.A. from Harvard University and worked in the oil business for over 20 years before moving back to Woodward in 1979 to operate the family ranches in Woodward and Kansas. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University students attending school at the Woodward Campus.

W.G. "Dub" Garnett Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2009 in honor of W.G. "Dub" Garnett by his family, this scholarship is Dub's perpetual gift of help for those that need it. Dub was a big supporter of Northwestern and understood how important the university was to Alva and the surrounding communities. He was a very generous man who did everything he could to lend a hand when it was needed. Recipients' area of study should have an emphasis in business or agribusiness.

George and Grace Henderson Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1994 by the family of George and Grace Henderson. Pioneers of education in Ellis County, the Hendersons were instrumental in establishing a high school at Bishop, Oklahoma in 1923. Realizing the need for additional education, they brought their family to Alva where their four children continued their education at Northwestern State Teachers College. This scholarship is given to a continuing student majoring in business with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Preference is given to applicants who exhibit leadership skills and are active in campus organizations.

OG&E Scholarship

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Energy Corp. (OG&E) has a long history of supporting the communities it serves in Oklahoma and western Arkansas through investments in both people and programs. The OG&E Scholarship will be a continuation of this tradition with a partnership with the Northwestern Foundation in sponsoring its first endowed scholarship for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship will highlight the fields of business, accounting, computer science, business information systems, e-commerce, math and science, the predominant fields that OG&E employs.

Darr B. Sims Scholarship

Darr B. Sims attended Northwestern State College from 1936-1941, and graduated with honors with a major in business administration. Throughout his college education he experienced financial difficulties but because of the value he placed on a college education he was able to graduate. Because of the high esteem that he held for education, this award was created in 1975 by his widow, Mabel Sims. The recipients of this scholarship are chosen by the business faculty.

The Norma Jean Smith Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2001 in honor of Norma Jean Smith and her dedication to the students of Northwestern. Mrs. Smith’s teaching career began in 1942, but it was not until the fall of 1953 that she began her career at Northwestern. She was very active in Delta Kappa Gamma, sponsored the Sigma Kappa sorority and served as campus float chairman at Homecoming. Mrs. Smith retired in 1981 after 28 years of service to Northwestern. At the time of her retirement, she was an assistant professor of home economics and chairman of the department. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in the field of business at Northwestern.

Mrs. W. W. Starr Business Scholarship

The Mrs. W. W. Starr Business Scholarship was established by the family of the late Mrs. Starr, a former Alva business woman who was a 1903 Northwestern graduate and a leader in alumni affairs. The award is to be made each year to a business major nominated by a member of the business department faculty. The recipient must be at least a junior, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and show strong leadership through campus activities.

Starr Lumber Company Scholarship Award

The Starr Lumber Company Scholarship Award has been established to provide support for the employees or dependents of employees who attend Northwestern. Students will also be considered from the areas in which Starr Lumber stores are located. Preference will be given to students majoring in business.

Helen Vore Sutter Memorial Business Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2002 in honor of Helen Vore Sutter and her commitment to Northwestern and young people in Northwest Oklahoma. Helen earned her high school diploma from Dacoma High School in 1941 and received her teaching certificate from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1944. Helen taught school for fifteen years, beginning in Dacoma, and then continuing on in the Fairview area, where she substituted and taught night school. Four generations of Helen Sutter’s family have attended Northwestern and this scholarship was funded through contributions from her children at the time of her death in 2000. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students majoring in Business or Business Education.

Donald N. Webster Business/Agriculture Scholarship

Established in 2003 by E. Joan Kopper of American Equine Nutrients, Inc., the purpose of this scholarship is to recognize the memory of Donald N. Webster and his commitment to the development of outstanding entrepreneurial skills in business based on a strong work ethic. Donald graduated from Seiling High School in 1954 and then attended Northwestern. Through the years Equine Science was always of utmost importance to Don. Thus this quest led to the development of Equine Appraisal Institute International and American Equine Nutrients, Inc. Donald died March 26, 2000. This scholarship is eligible for business majors with specified interest in entrepreneurism in Business and/or Agriculture.

Baird, Kurtz and Dobson Scholarship

Scholarships are provided from employee contributions as well as a matching contribution from the corporation of Baird, Kurtz & Dobson. Funds given have established the accounting education fund with proceeds available for accounting scholarships at Northwestern.

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Criminal Justice

Don and Donna Benson Family Scholarship

Established in 2009 in honor of Don and Donna Benson by their family, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide relief in any way possible to a continuing student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University studying in the field of business, accounting, law or political science. The Benson family has been a strong supporter of Northwestern and hopes this scholarship can help as many Rangers as need it.

Jenlink Family Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1991 in honor of Glenn Jenlink by his students, faculty, alumni, family and friends. After the sudden death of Michael Jenlink, son of Glenn and Helen Jenlink of Cherokee, the scholarship was completely endowed in 2001 through donations from family and friends. Continuing students majoring in criminal justice are considered for this scholarship. The recipient can receive the scholarship up to three continuous years if all requirements are met. Glenn, Helen and all three of their sons are alumni of Northwestern. Glenn, a 1972 graduate of Northwestern, started teaching in 1972 and became department chairman for Law Enforcement in 1974. Helen received both BS and her Masters in 1980 and 1986; Patrick his BA in 1972 and his Masters in 1977; Timothy attended from 1972-74; and Michael received his BS in 1994.

Jay Linder Scholarship Fund

Jay Linder was a graduate of Alva High School, and a freshman at Northwestern at the time of his untimely death. Jay was an outstanding high school athlete and a bright prospect for the Ranger Baseball Team. In addition to his athletic talents, Jay worked equally hard on the development of his scholastic ability and was an active student leader. The award was established by his family and friends to perpetuate his memory. The recipient must be an upperclassman enrolled in the field of Law Enforcement or Teacher Education. Preference will be given to the applicant who participates in varsity athletics and demonstrates leadership in campus organizations.

The G. W. Nichols Law Enforcement Scholarship

A 1990 graduate of Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Gerald W. “Jerry” Nichols was a sergeant at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility at the time of his accidental death September 20, 1994. This scholarship was established by his widow, Rochelle Nichols Irwin. Its purpose is to provide scholarship assistance to a law enforcement major or minor in the area of corrections or criminal justice with a desire to be a leader in the profession.

The Shafer Family Scholarship

The Shafer Family Scholarship was established in 1992 by family and friends in honor and recognition of two members of the Shafer family, Carl A. Shafer and Dickie Shafer. The scholarship honors a recipient majoring in any area of social science with preference given to law enforcement majors. Carl Anton Shafer began business in Alva in 1934 establishing the well-known Shafer Radio and TV. Shafer attended Northwestern and taught courses in Morse Code with John Cameron to transit pilots. He and his wife Anna Belle served their community well in many volunteer capacities. Since its inception, they have generously contributed to the Northwestern Scholarship Drive. Dickie Dean Shafer was a senior honor student at the time of his death in 1976 from a gun accident. He was the son of David Shafer, a 1989 outstanding graduate of Northwestern, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Shafer.

R. B. Yadon, Jr. Scholarship

Voluntary gifts from students, alumni, faculty, and other friends established a scholarship honoring Dr. R. B. Yadon, Jr. in 1973. Dr. Yadon was in charge of the university’s law enforcement program from 1970 until he retired in 1981. The scholarship is for students majoring in law enforcement with consideration being given to academic achievement, activities on campus to increase individual development and need.

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Education

Sarah Whitehead Ackley Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2000 by family and friends in memory of Sarah Whitehead Ackley. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1929 and attended Northwestern from 1929-32 earning her life teaching certificate. She later obtained her bachelor's degree in 1959 and taught the majority of her career in Ulysses, KS from 1959-75. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a Northwestern student who will be dedicated to improving the education system for future generations. Freshman and continuing students are eligible for this award and must have at least a 2.5 CGPA.

William and Eva Bird Scholarship

William E. and Eva May Bird have a long history in Northwest Oklahoma and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. William was born in Woodward County and attended Northwestern State Teacher’s College while he taught school and worked various other jobs until he graduated in 1940. William became a full-time teacher and taught for over 36 years. Eva was born in Woods County and married William in 1933, prior to his attendance at Northwestern. Eva returned to school after her last child entered first grade and graduated from Northwestern in 1960. Eva May taught for over 18 years in the public school system. At the time of this endowment, two of their five children have attended Northwestern and five of the grandchildren have graduated from Northwestern.

Max and Alberta Bliss Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2003 by Alberta Bliss and her two sons, Ronnie and Lonnie, upon the passing of Max Bliss. Max served in the United State Navy and upon his retirement moved back to settle on Alberta’s grandparents farm and raise their two sons. In 1970, Alberta finally got her chance at a college education and in 1975 earned her master’s degree in special education and would later earn a second master’s degree in remedial reading. Alberta was Teacher of Year for Carmen-Dacoma, Woods County, Northwest Oklahoma, and was a finalist for the state title in 1979. Max and Alberta have been active and supportive throughout their children’s and grand children’s education, many of whom have attended Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in the area of education or coaching.

Aaron and Thelma Campbell Scholarship Award

The Aaron and Thelma Campbell Scholarship Award was established in 1987. Mrs. Campbell attended Northwestern in the fall of 1926. She obtained her teaching certificate and several summer sessions later obtained her lifetime teaching certificate. She taught school for eight years. This scholarship provides assistance to students in the Elementary Teacher Education Program. The recipient must be admitted into the teacher education program and must be an elementary education major.

Cargile-Pierce Scholarship

Established in 1988 by the families of Myrtle Todd Cargile and Marvel Todd Pierce, this scholarship’s purpose is to provide financial assistance to a student in the Teacher Education Program. Cargile graduated in 1927 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Pierce obtained her life teaching certificate in 1923. Both sisters were honor students while attending Northwestern and dedicated their lives to education. Qualifications for this award are a 3.0 GPA and meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Chi Chapter Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1994 by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society with the primary source of funding from Mrs. Velma Powers of Alva. Through this scholarship endowment the purpose is to maintain the high ideals in the teaching profession by awarding this scholarship to an outstanding Northwestern teacher education student. This award is reserved for a female continuing student who has been admitted into the education program.

The Edna Donley Teacher Education Scholarship

A 1929 graduate of Northwestern State College, Edna Donley brought national attention to Oklahoma when she was named the 1959 National Teacher of the Year and in 1989 named to the O. E. A. Hall of Fame. Edna taught in the Alva Public Schools for 29 years before moving to Oklahoma City where she organized the Department of Instruction and Professional Development for the Oklahoma Education Association. After retirement, she became the first Director for the Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association. This scholarship is given to an upperclassman who has been admitted in the teacher education program. He or she must be in the upper 15% academically and possess a desire to make a significant contribution to the education profession.

George and Anna Dyer Memorial Teaching Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2005 from a trust left by George Dyer before his death in 2004. George and his wife Anna lived on his family’s homestead around the Alva area. George was a farmer and rancher who loved flying and was a member of the Flying Farmer’s. Anna attended Northwestern Normal College where she got her teaching certificate. She taught at several of the rural grade schools in the area. The Dyers were married for 60 years when Anna died in 1998. George was described as a person who cherished his relationships with others and wanted to do something for his friends, family, and community.

L. L. Fullerton Scholarship

Lionel Fullerton was an Alva native who graduated from Alva High School and then attended Northwestern. He owned and operated the Hub Cleaners of Alva until he sold it in 1963 and engaged in farming and ranching. This scholarship is given to a student majoring in the area of Early Childhood Education.

Zearl James and Garnet Henderson Harmon Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2002 in honor of the forty years of dedicated commitment to education exhibited by Zearl and Garnet Harmon. Both Zearl and Garnet were born on small, dry land farms in Ellis County, Oklahoma in 1913. Both earned their degrees from Northwestern in 1940 (Garnet) and 1942 (Zearl) and continued careers in education until their retirement in 1978. Garnet and Zearl took jobs in separate cities until 1938 when Zearl became Superintendent in Cimarron Valley, Oklahoma and then the school board hired Garnet as one of his teachers. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a positive force for the students of Northwestern Oklahoma State University and serve as a testimony to the pioneer spirit and work ethic of these two wonderful teachers. Applicants must be majoring in the following areas: teacher education, business, math or science.

Home Economics Alumni Association Scholarship

The Home Economics Alumni Association was formed in 1983 and established this fund through dues and other donations. This award was revised in 1994 due to the closing of the Home Economics department. The recipient for this scholarship must be an Early Childhood Education major or a Nursing major.

Mary E. and Albert H. Huneke Scholarship

William and Thelma Huneke, Edgar and Sarah Huneke Moore and the families of Marion Huneke, Ester Huneke Larson and Harold Huneke have established this scholarship. Education was important in the Huneke home and many sacrifices allowed the five children to obtain degrees from Northwestern State Teachers College. This scholarship has been established to provide recognition and incentive for outstanding students in the Teacher Education Department. The recipient must be admitted in the teacher education program and be a mathematics, science, library science or elementary education major. Financial need and potential for leadership will be major criteria for selection.

Viola Stewart Hofen Scholarship

This award was established in 1991 by the family of Viola Stewart Hofen. She was the beloved wife of W. H. “Bill” Stewart and later Everett M. Hofen. She graduated from Northwestern in 1961 and earned her master’s degree in 1968. She taught school in Freedom and Cleo Springs and was then librarian at Nashville, Cunningham and Anthony, Kansas before retiring. This scholarship is awarded to a Northwestern student who has met the minimum requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. First preference will be given to a non-traditional student. Library science or elementary education majors are preferred and the recipient must have at least a 3.0 CGP.

Jay Linder Scholarship Fund

Jay Linder was a graduate of Alva High School, and a freshman at Northwestern at the time of his untimely death. Jay was an outstanding high school athlete and a bright prospect for the Ranger Baseball Team. In addition to his athletic talents, Jay worked equally hard on the development of his scholastic ability and was an active student leader. The award was established by his family and friends to perpetuate his memory. The recipient must be an upperclassman enrolled in the field of Law Enforcement or Teacher Education. Preference will be given to the applicant who participates in varsity athletics and demonstrates leadership in campus organizations.

Margaret Manuel Larason Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1991 in honor of Margaret Manuel Larason by her family: A. R. “Bert” Larason, Anne Larason Schneider and Linda Larason Edmondson. Mrs. Larason was graduated from Northwestern in 1932 with a B. S. in English and Speech. She received her M. S. in 1969. Mrs. Larason taught English in Gage and Fargo and then served as a librarian in the Woodward public schools. The recipient must be a high school graduate from Ellis County or the Woodward public schools and must meet the minimum standards for admission to Northwestern’s Teacher Education Program. Also, the recipient must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to students in Language Arts, secondary or elementary.

Milt and Becky Lehr Education Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1986, the year Dr. Lehr retired after 28 years on the Northwestern faculty; 10 years as Director of the Teacher Education program. This award is for a sophomore, junior, or senior student majoring in Elementary Education, English, or Mathematics. The recipient must first have been admitted into the teacher education program based on high scores in scholastic aptitude, reading, and achievement. Lehr performed the research from which the constitution for the Northwestern Foundation originated and was a founding member of the Foundation. He served four years as its first chairman and 28 years on its executive committee.

Dr. Marvin and Myra Leist Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2005 to honor Dr. Marvin and Myra Leist. Dr. and Mrs. Leist were lifetime educators. Dr. Leist was a school administrator for approximately 40 years and was named Outstanding Educator at Northwestern in 1985. Myra taught for 32 years before she retired. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to education students who are legacies of Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduates.

Dr. J. W. Martin Scholarship

The Dr. J. W. Martin Scholarship was established in 1987 by his wife, Dr. Wilda Pate Martin. Many friends also made contributions to this fund in memory of Dr. J. W. Martin. Dr. Martin was responsible for the formation of the Northwestern Foundation in 1959. His concern for his students was one of the many fine qualities he possessed. This scholarship is the first of its kind in that the recipient can be in either the undergraduate or graduate program. The recipient can be of any field of study and must possess the eagerness to attain his/her goals.

Student Home Economics Association Scholarship

The SHEA was established in 1987 to provide worthy incentive and encouragement for students in the field of Home Economics. The scholarship was revised in 1995 after the closing of the University’s Home Economics Department. The scholarship is now given to a student in Teacher Education and must be a Secondary Education major.

The Richard E. and Lou J. Shepherd Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2001 in honor of Richard E. and Lou J. Shepherd. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student in the school of Teacher Education with a major or minor in biology, chemistry, or mathematics. Richard and Lou both graduated from Northwestern with the class of 1951. Richard Shepherd’s career included teaching, superintendent of schools and later the assistant executive director of the Kansas National Education Association as well as the executive director of the National Association of Mature People. Mrs. Shepherd also taught school and enjoyed her career as a homemaker and community volunteer.

The Beulah Scott Slack Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of Beulah (Bea) Scott Slack by her son John Slack. Bea spent her entire 35-year career teaching elementary education in the rural schools that dotted the Oklahoma prairie early in the 20th Century, sometimes teaching all eight grades simultaneously. In addition to teaching, she also swept the floor, tended the stove and coached the boy’s basketball team. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students majoring in elementary education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Clara and Dean Simon Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1996 in honor and recognition of Dean and Clara Simon. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a Northwestern Oklahoma State University student majoring in the fields of education or health related fields.

Orilla J. Stout Scholarship

Established in 2007 by Don and Ramona Dauphin in memory of Ramona's mother, Orilla J. Stout, the purpose of this scholarship is to honor a Northwestern-Woodward student dedicated to improving the education system for future students. Stout, who passed away in 1989, earned her teaching certificate at Northwestern Normal School.

Dr. Joe J. and Barbara Struckle School of Education Scholarship

In honor of President and Mrs. Struckle’s accomplishments and years of dedicated service to Northwestern, this scholarship was established through the many contributions of family and friends. Dr. Joe J. Struckle retired in 2000 after twenty-five years of service as President of Northwestern. Dr. Struckle’s success as President can largely be attributed to the support and encouragement from his lovely first lady, Barbara Ann Struckle. Barbara, along with sons Jay and Jeff, is a graduate of Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor students majoring in elementary teacher education with second preference in Psychology. Full time undergraduates as well as graduate students are eligible for this award.

Noel and Ruth Taylor and E.M. Barker Scholarship

The Noel and Ruth Taylor and E.M. Barker Scholarship was established in honor of the parents of Jim and Patty Barker for their dedication in the fields of education and mass communication. Patty's father, Noel Taylor, graduated from Northwestern in 1936 and earned a master's degree here in 1959. He served as manager of the Student Center for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1975. Her mother, Ruth Taylor, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in 1955 and 1965. Jim's father, E.M. Barker, wrote about the Ranger athletic teams for 30 years. In the late '50s, E.M. was awarded a lifetime pass to all Northwestern athletic events from President Percefull and the athletic department.

Dewey and Irene Webster Family Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2004 by E. Joan Webster Kopper in memory of her parents. Dewey and Irene Webster made tremendous sacrifices for their children in their pursuit of higher education. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students in the school of education.

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English

Gladys Bingham Dotter Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1997 in honor of their mother by Dr. and Mrs. Dale Dotter of Okeene and Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dotter of Oklahoma City. Mrs. Dotter obtained her teaching certificate in 1917 from Northwestern State Normal School and taught in rural grade school at the age of 16. After her marriage in 1920, she resumed teaching in Oklahoma where she taught English and drama. In 1935 the Dotters came to Alva and purchased Noah’s Ark No. 3, and in 1935 the family opened Dotter’s Restaurant. Mrs. Dotter later returned to teaching and in 1967 operated the new Alva Public Library. This scholarship honors an upperclassman majoring in English.

Lebeda Writing Scholarship

Established by Dr. Agnes Lebeda, a 1935 Northwestern graduate, in 1984 after her retirement as a Professor in Business at the University of Northern Iowa, Dr. Lebeda served with distinction as a trustee on the executive committee of the Northwestern Foundation. The recipient of this scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA and be an English major.

Fran Wadley Slack Scholarship

Mary Frances “Fran” Wadley Slack was born in 1934 to Frank K. and Garnet Wadley. Fran was born in Evanston, Illinois and moved to Alva, Oklahoma in 1935 when Dr. Wadley received his Ph.D. and subsequently became a member of the then Northwestern Oklahoma State College faculty. She died in May, 1996, after a 33-month battle with cancer. Fran was raised in Alva; she graduated from Alva High School in 1951 and then she attended Northwestern for two years. She later completed her education from Oklahoma A & M with a major in vocational home economics and a minor in English. In December, 1954, she married John D. Slack, a 1958 Northwestern graduate. While John was stationed in the far east, Fran returned to A & M for her teaching certificate and taught one semester at Welch, Oklahoma. In 1961, John, Fran and family moved to Arlington, Texas where she devoted her life to raising her family, church work and other organizations. She was a founder of the Arlington Literacy Group. The scholarship is awarded to full-time NWOSU junior or senior English majors or minors with a CGPA of 3.0.

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History

Donovan and Dorothy Reichenberger History Scholarship

The Donovan and Dorothy Reichenberger History Scholarship was created in 1992 to provide financial assistance to deserving history majors and minors. A veteran of WWII and the Korean War, Reichenberger joined the Northwestern faculty in 1967. After a career in the U. S. Navy he earned his bachelor’s from Northwestern in 1966 and a master’s from Wichita State in 1967. In addition to teaching history courses, he served as chairman and member of various Northwestern faculty committees. Currently Reichenberger is a trustee on the board of the Northwestern Foundation.

S.F. “Sib” Sibley Memorial Scholarship

Provisions for this scholarship were established through memorial contributions of the family and friends of S.F. Sibley at the time of his death in 1994. Through the continued support of Mr. Ron Sibley, son of S.F. Sibley, the scholarship was fully funded in 2000. The family donated several copies of a book Mr. Sibley wrote titled “Hash”, an anthology of articles, poems and prayer which he accumulated from 1935 to 1992. Proceeds from the sale of these books also contributed to this scholarship fund. Students majoring in sociology will be given first preference for this scholarship, with next preference going to students majoring in the school of social science. “Sib” graduated from Northwestern in 1963, and in 1965 joined the faculty in the social science department, later assuming the duties of sports information director. In 1981, he received the outstanding service award from the faculty senate and in 1983 was honored as the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year.

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Library

Lowell and Nancy Donley Technology Scholarship

Endowed in 1992 by a provision in their will, this scholarship is given to an outstanding student in the Northwestern library science program. Mr. and Mrs. Donley were both graduates of Alva High School. Mr. Donley attended Northwestern and later earned his bachelor’s and master’s from Oklahoma State University. He devoted his life to the art of cabinet making and taught this skill for 29 years in Capital Hill High School in Oklahoma City.

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Mass Communication

The Todd Wesley Dayton Memorial Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2001 in honor of Todd Wesley Dayton by his family and friends. Memorial contributions were also given in honor of Todd after the death of his grandfather, Leo Dayton. Todd graduated from Pond Creek-Hunter High School in 1991 and in 1996 graduated from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. As a result from injuries received in a two-vehicle crash, Todd died on June 3, 2000. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in the field of Mass Communication at Northwestern.

Larry Hammer Mass Communication Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of Larry Hammer by his family and friends. Larry was an entrepreneur from Fairview, Oklahoma where he helped run the Fairview Republican with his father-in-law until he purchased it in 1958. Eight years later he purchased the Cherokee Messenger and the Cherokee Republican and also owned and operated the Woodward County Journal and the Jet Visitor. Larry would later partner with a good friend and form Hammer-Williams Company, which now consists of over 30 convenience stores across the state. Larry never graduated from college or high school but was bestowed honorary degrees from his former high school, Fairview, and a Master’s of Law from Northwestern for his “distinct public service” to the university and all of northwestern Oklahoma. This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an upperclassmen majoring in Mass Communication at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The Wayne Lane Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1998 to honor over twenty-eight years of service to Northwestern by Wayne Lane. Former public relations director, Lane is credited with the development of Northwestern’s mass communications program. As service to the University and the Foundation, Lane authored the “Centennial History Book” in commemoration of the University’s 100th anniversary in 1998. This scholarship is awarded to mass communication students who demonstrate personal integrity, dedication to the journalism profession and outstanding performance in the classroom.

Phil Noah Scholarship

Phil Noah, recognized at one time with an Outstanding Alumnus Award, was a distinguished business leader who retired in 1972 as president and chairman of the board of American National Insurance Co. From members of his family and numerous other sources, the scholarship was established in his memory following his death in 1983. Academic merit, leadership, dedication and plans for a career in public relations or mass communication are considerations for the award.

Noel and Ruth Taylor and E.M. Barker Scholarship

The Noel and Ruth Taylor and E.M. Barker Scholarship was established in honor of the parents of Jim and Patty Barker for their dedication in the fields of education and mass communication. Patty's father, Noel Taylor, graduated from Northwestern in 1936 and earned a master's degree here in 1959. He served as manager of the Student Center for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1975. Her mother, Ruth Taylor, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in 1955 and 1965. Jim's father, E.M. Barker, wrote about the Ranger athletic teams for 30 years. In the late '50s, E.M. was awarded a lifetime pass to all Northwestern athletic events from President Percefull and the athletic department.

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Math/Computer Science

John N. Cameron and Sheldon and Joy Cameron Sherman Scholarship Fund

Funds in honor of John N. Cameron were presented in 1961 when Mr. Cameron retired from the Northwestern faculty. His former students, family and friends established this fund. Cameron served on the faculty of Northwestern for 35 years and he is well remembered as being sensitive, compassionate and responsive to the needs of his students and friends. Funds in honor of Sheldon Sherman were contributed by family and friends to this endowment at the time of his death in 2004. Sheldon, the husband of Joy Cameron Sherman, was a member of the Northwestern Agriculture judging team when he was a student at Northwestern. This scholarship will be awarded each year to students majoring in math, pre-engineering or agribusiness.

Kenneth and Sue Fellers Family Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2010 by Kenneth and Sue (Hildreth) Fellers. The scholarship unites the couple's passions to provide financial assistance to a student from northwest Oklahoma pursuing a degree in math, physical science, or biological science and music in alternating years. Kenneth is a 1963 graduate, and Sue graduated from Northwestern in 1964.

Roland and Edith Meyer Math Education Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2001 in honor of Roland and Edith Meyer and their commitment to Northwestern and her students. Roland Meyer earned a degree at Northwestern in 1955. After completing his master’s degree from the University of South Dakota, he returned to Northwestern and began teaching on the mathematics faculty. Edith DeWerff Meyer graduated from high school in Ellinwood, Ks. She has supported Northwestern activities through the years and has graciously opened their home to many Northwestern students. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to Northwestern students majoring in math education.

OG&E Scholarship

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Energy Corp. (OG&E) has a long history of supporting the communities it serves in Oklahoma and western Arkansas through investments in both people and programs. The OG&E Scholarship will be a continuation of this tradition with a partnership with the Northwestern Foundation in sponsoring its first endowed scholarship for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship will highlight the fields of business, accounting, computer science, business information systems, e-commerce, math and science, the predominant fields that OG&E employs.

David P. Parker Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1999 by Margaret Parker in honor of her late husband, David Parker, a 1930 Northwestern graduate and a native of Buffalo, Oklahoma. Mr. Parker and all four of his siblings were alumni of Northwestern and his wife attended Northwestern for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State University. Parker himself went on to earn a master’s degree from OSU and was employed by Mobil Oil Company for 42 years. Among his assignments were postings in England and Tokyo, Japan. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Math, Natural Sciences or Computer Science. Applicants must be continuing students with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Hugh O. Wardell Memorial Scholarship

Friends and family members in 1973 established a scholarship to honor the memory of Hugh O. Wardell, an alumnus who was in charge of the computer science program at Northwestern when he died unexpectedly October 18, 1970. The award is reserved for an undergraduate student majoring in science or computer science. Other considerations are academic achievement, general attitude, belief in God, patriotic spirit and a clean mind and body.

Della Yerian and Madalyne Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2000 in honor of Madalyne Wilson, a 1950 graduate, and her mother, Della Yerian, whoattended Northwestern in the late 1890s, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student within the service area of Northwestern. A single mother majoring in science or math will be given preference.

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Music

Blackford-Funk Scholarship

Established in accordance with terms of the will of Gladys Blackford-Funk, a 1915 Northwestern graduate who died January 31, 1975, the Blackford-Funk Scholarship is awarded to a piano-music student or students. Mrs. Funk’s husband, William F. Funk, was a 1913 graduate of Northwestern, and other members of her family also attended the university.

Doris Cooley Scholarship

Friends and family members established a scholarship to honor Doris L. Cooley after her death February 22, 1980. Mrs. Cooley was the wife of Rev. Raymond Cooley, who was serving as pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Alva at the time of her death. Mrs. Cooley had special interests in teaching, church activities and music. The award bearing her name is reserved for an undergraduate who shows good educational intent and a real desire to learn. A music major is preferred.

Kenneth and Sue Fellers Family Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2010 by Kenneth and Sue (Hildreth) Fellers. The scholarship unites the couple's passions to provide financial assistance to a student from northwest Oklahoma pursuing a degree in math, physical science, or biological science and music in alternating years. Kenneth is a 1963 graduate, and Sue graduated from Northwestern in 1964.

Charles Fisher Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2010 in memory of Charles David Fisher by his parents, Jack and Joan Fisher, family and friends. Charles passed away in Crescent May 7, 2010, at the age of 51. The scholarship will benefit students majoring in instrumental music, a lifelong passion of Charles. He grew up taking piano lessons and learning to play the family trombone. In high school, he started a rock band, and at Northwestern, he took up the drums, electronic keyboard, marimba and other percussion instruments before graduating with a degree in music education in 1982.

Electa Lee Frieden Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1988 by the family of Electa Lee Frieden. Because of her support of the Foundation and her interest in music, this recipient is awarded this scholarship by making a worthy contribution to the NWOSU music department. Electa Lee Frieden was the late wife of Mr. Dale Frieden, one of the first Foundation trustees and past chairman of the board of trustees.

Ruth Marie Genuit Scholarship

In tribute to her service as a member of the music faculty from 1942 until her retirement in May, 1971, a permanent scholarship fund was set up by students, colleagues and other friends of Ruth Marie Genuit. Performance in the area of vocal music is the main criteria for the Genuit Scholarship. An audition is required. Other considerations are potential value to the vocal performing organizations on campus, academic achievement and dependability. A vocal music major is required.

Fred Neuman Scholarship

The Alva Boys’ Choir, a volunteer vocal group for young male singers, has been conducted by Fred Neuman, Alva music store operator, for 36 years. The organization is recognized both within the city and well beyond for the wholesome experiences it provides for its members and for its positive representation of the community. Parents of members and former singers with the group established a scholarship fund to honor Neuman. The fund has grown through subsequent contributions and interest. The award is intended for an Alva student who formerly sang in the choir or for a music major from Alva.

Donovan and Dorothy Reichenberger Vocal Music Scholarship

The Donovan and Dorothy Reichenberger Vocal Music Scholarship was established in 1999 to honor an outstanding member of the Northwestern vocal music department. The Reichenbergers have supported the scholarship program at Northwestern since 1968, as Mr. Reichenberger was a member of the Northwestern faculty from 1967 to 1992. In 1992, they established a scholarship that is presented to deserving history majors and minors and in 1996, the couple created an endowed chair through the provisions of a charitable remainder trust. Currently, Donovan serves as a member of the Northwestern Foundation’s board of trustees.

Dorothy Reichenberger Memorial Scholarship

The Dorothy Reichenberger Memorial Scholarship was established to aid an outstanding student in the Northwestern music department. Dorothy (Teutschmann) Reichenberger was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Being a woman of strong work ethics, she was once employed in the shipyards as a welder during World War II and later operated a punch press for Johnson Controls. Dorothy married Donovan Reichenberger in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1958. They lived in various locations while Donovan served in the U.S. Navy, moving to Alva, Oklahoma in 1963. After 47 years of marriage, Dorothy passed away in 2005. The Reichenbergers have been long time supporters of the scholarship program.

Oscar Stover Scholarship

Oscar Stover served with distinction as a faculty member of Northwestern from 1960 until his retirement in 1976. In tribute to him, this scholarship was established with gifts from former students, faculty, and friends. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide worthy incentive and encouragement to a member or members of the Northwestern Ranger Band.

Alton and Betty Zimmerman Vocal Scholar Award

The Zimmerman Vocal Scholar Award is presented annually to an outstanding incoming freshman who is planning to major in vocal music performance or vocal music education. The entire Zimmerman estate was willed to the Northwestern Foundation in 1998. Betty and Al moved to Alva in 1968 after 18 years of service. They were interested in Northwestern’s foreign student host family program and were named host family of the year in 1975. They were both very active in the community and Al served as choir director at Alva’s Sacred Heart Church for a number of years. Betty died at Alva, OK, in 1996 and Al in 1998. This award is renewable for up to four years.

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Nursing

Elaine “Winnie” Hart Nursing Scholarship

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Winnie Hart graduated from Cook County School of Nursing in 1939. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she was called to active duty with the Red Cross Army Nurse Corps. While serving her final tour of duty, she fell in love with a young soldier from northwest Oklahoma who was recuperating after being released from a Japanese prison camp. She and Leonard Hart were married and moved to Laverne in 1947 where they lived and raised their four children. Winnie continued her nursing career at the hospital and in 1985 was honored as Laverne’s first Citizen of the Year. This scholarship honors an upperclassman majoring in Nursing.

Vernon and Edna McNally Scholarship

Established in 1993, fifty years after Mrs. McNally graduated from Northwestern, this scholarship represents the Foundation’s first endowed scholarship in Nursing. The McNallys made their home in Waynoka where they were involved in farming and ranching. Mr. McNally had devoted many hours of public service and was honored in 1991 by being inducted into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame after having served as a director for 42 years. Mrs. McNally devoted her life to education and retired after 37 years as an elementary teacher. In 1978 she was honored by being chosen Woods County Teacher of the Year. Qualifications for this scholarship include a 3.0 CGPA and being one of the outstanding students in Nursing.

Maurine Reneau Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1987 in honor of Maurine Reneau. Mrs. Reneau was a former Northwestern student pursuing a degree in Home Economics. She suspended her studies, however, upon the death of her mother in 1936. She maintained close ties to the university. During many of years the Reneaus lived in Alva, they kept a female student in their home. Mrs. Reneau was a sustaining member of the Northwestern Foundation.

Dr. H. Leland Steffen Medical Scholarship

Dr. H. Leland Steffen graduated from Northwestern in 1950 and his wife, Carol, graduated in 1947. While their graduation dates are finite, their love and appreciation for Northwestern spanned a lifetime. The purpose of the Dr. H. Leland Steffen Medical Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University students seeking health-care related degrees, preferably pre-med or nursing.

Melva Taylor Nursing Scholarship

Melva Taylor was a member of the first graduating class of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University nursing program. Her love for nursing began early, for at the age of 16 she worked part-time as a nurse’s aide. Melva graduated in 1985 and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with cancer of the breast. She died September 7, 1986. This scholarship was fully funded in 1996 by family, friends, members of the NWOSU faculty, and the Dean of Nursing, Mrs. Doris Ferguson. Applicants must be junior or senior nursing students with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 in the NWOSU school of nursing. Consideration for selection will include academic merit, leadership, dedication, future goals and financial need.

The William and Agnes Warren Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2009 by the four children of William and Agnes Warren, this scholarship provides financial assistance to nursing students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and combines the passions of the Warrens.  William, a lifelong learner, encouraged all of his children to graduate from college, which they did.  Agnes, a nurse, was interested in medical care to her last days and was an example of service to her children.

J. Cooper and Gladys West Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2005 by J. Cooper and Gladys (Webb) West. J. Cooper and his wife Gladys are both graduates of Northwestern; J. Cooper in 1939 with a business degree and Gladys in 1938 also with a business degree. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students in the schools of nursing and business.

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Physical Education

Marge Bohlen Scholarship Award

The Marge Bohlen Scholarship Award was established in the spring of 1988. This award honors a member of the women’s basketball team who best typifies characteristics of Marge Bohlen: leadership, academic excellence and dynamic motivation. Marge Bohlen received her Master’s degree from Northwestern in 1983. She was the late wife of Dr. David Bohlen, Dean of the School of Natural Science, Mathematics and Computer Science at Northwestern.

Gene Filson Scholarship

Funds for this scholarship were presented in 1990 by the family of Gene Filson. Gene was very active in the community and served many years as Homecoming Association Treasurer and served as Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade. Because of his organization of the Filson Oilers baseball team in Alva, which involved many Ranger baseball players, this scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for a member of the Ranger men’s baseball team. The candidate for this scholarship must possess characteristics of leadership, high morals, dedication, academic merit, and athletic ability.

Northwestern Hall of Fame Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1999 by an initial contribution from Dr. Randy and Mitzi Smith. Other contributions were also received from a fund raising campaign initiated by Dr. Smith. After the 1999 National Football Championship, the Northwestern Athletic Department donated the $20,000 championship gift from the Paine Webber Corporation to aid in the fund-raising efforts. This scholarship honors an outstanding representative from all of the varsity sports at Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a Northwestern student-athlete who exhibits the highest levels of character, integrity, athletic and academic excellence.

Perry Irons Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1997 by Perry Irons in honor of J.E. ‘Jenks’ Simmons, who coached at Northwestern from 1933-1940. Irons graduated in 1939 and lettered in two sports: baseball and basketball. Simmons was described as the type of coach that anyone who had any interest in athletics would want to play for. As coach and player respectively, Simmons and Irons were conference champions in basketball and represented Oklahoma in Mexico City. They also competed in two national AAU tournaments and played in the Oklahoma City tournament, losing to Arkansas by only one point. Awarded to a member of both the Northwestern men’s and women’s varsity basketball team, the recipient must have at least a 2.5 CGPA and must be a resident of Oklahoma.

Tom McDaniel Scholarship

This award was established in 1986, by the McDaniel family in honor of Tom being named an Outstanding Graduate of Northwestern. McDaniel earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern in 1960 and was awarded a juris doctorate in law from the University of Oklahoma in 1963. Before being named Northwestern’s 17th president, McDaniel was vice-president of Kerr-McGee Corporation and a member of the board of directors. McDaniel is the first alumnus to serve as president in Northwestern’s 103-year history. The selected scholarship recipient must be a male athlete who best typifies characteristics exhibited by Tom McDaniel as a Northwestern student-athlete: leadership, dedication, academic merit and athletic ability.

W.D. and Lucille B. Newby Scholarship

Following their marriage in 1929, the Newbys resided in Alva where Mr. Newby coached at Northwestern. In 1941 he became head coach and director of athletics. He served Northwestern with distinction until his death in 1964. The football field was named in his honor “Newby Field” and is the sight for Northwestern’s Wellness Center. Mrs. Newby’s 38-year teaching career in Alva began in 1945 when she started Alva’s first kindergarten at Horace Mann School. She later taught English in the Alva Public Schools until retiring in 1970. This scholarship is awarded to NWOSU continuing student majoring in Health and Physical Education or in a wellness/nutrition field of study. The recipient must have a 3.0 CGPA. Oklahoma residents and those candidates who exhibit strong leadership skills will be given priority.

Lt. Mike Warehime Memorial Scholarship

A 1975 graduate, Lt. Mike Warehime was the first Northwestern ROTC product to receive a second lieutenant’s commission in the Regular Army. He had commanded the cadet corps and had earned the highly coveted emblem of U. S. Army Ranger. He was killed in a helicopter crash at Fort Benning, GA., on March 20, 1976. The award recipient is chosen from outstanding students in the Northwest Oklahoma area. The recipient must be involved in campus life and be identified as a potential leader.

Walter “Junior” Johnson Scholarship

Established in 1998 by family and friends of Walter “Jr.” Johnson, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to a Northwestern student athlete pursuing a degree in physical education or a related field. Walter “Junior” Johnson played four years for Northwestern and later coached or assisted in all sports for 35 years. Coach Johnson was chosen as a Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 1993, a member of the inaugural group honored by Northwestern.

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Political Science

Don and Donna Benson Family Scholarship

Established in 2009 in honor of Don and Donna Benson by their family, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide relief in any way possible to a continuing student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University studying in the field of business, accounting, law or political science. The Benson family has been a strong supporter of Northwestern and hopes this scholarship can help as many Rangers as need it.

Ronald Reagan College Republican Scholarship

Through the efforts of the 1993 Northwestern Oklahoma State University College Republican Chapter, funds were raised from private donations to establish the endowment. Northwestern’s chapter secured Reagan’s blessings and accepted an invitation to meet the former president and outline the details of the scholarship criteria. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor the ideals and characteristics of President Ronald Reagan. The scholarship recipient must possess qualities such as patriotism, loyalty, courage, moral character, and personal responsibility which will be exemplified while maintaining a conservative student voice on the campus of Northwestern.

Frank K. Wadley Scholarship

Born in 1895 on a farm south of Dallas, Frank Wadley devoted most of his life to education. He received his bachelor’s in business from the University of Texas and his master’s in history from Columbia University. He began teaching in 1924, came to Northwestern in 1935 and retired in that position in 1961. The scholarship was established in 1992 by his wife Garnet and their four children. The recipient of this scholarship must have at least a 3.0 CGPA and be a Political Science or History major.

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Psychology

James and Mary Ellis Psychology Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2006 by the family of James and Mary Ellis. Mary passed in 2005 and Jim lives in Dallas. Jim and Mary have family ties to Northwestern including two grandchildren, who both will have degrees from Northwestern, and their son-in-law, Dr. Mark Davis, is a professor of psychology at Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern continuing students in the area of psychology.

James C. Ellis Woodward Psychology Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2010 by James C. Ellis and an additional gift by Dr. Mark and Jan Davis. Thhe purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University Woodward continuing students in the area of psychology.

Dr. Nancy Knous Psychology Scholarship

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Psychology Club endowed the Dr. Nancy Knous Psychology Scholarship in 2010 in honor of Dr. Nancy J. Knous, chair of the Northwestern psychology department and professor of psychology. Knous received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Eastern New Mexico University in 1975 as well as her Master of Arts degree from ENMU in 1978. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from New Mexico State University in 1990.

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Science

Dr. David Bohlen Health Science Scholarship

Established in 2000 by Dr. Mark Steffen, a 1985 graduate of Northwestern, this scholarship is in honor of Dr. Bohlen’s retirement from Northwestern. All students majoring in any Health Science field, with at least a 3.5 CGPA, will be eligible to apply. Dr. Bohlen began his teaching career at Upper Iowa University and retired in the spring of 2000 from Northwestern after twenty-seven years of service to the University. At the time of his retirement Dr. Bohlen was Dean of the School of Math, Science and Computer Science as well as a member of the Chemistry Faculty. In his years at Northwestern, he advised most of the Pre-Med students and was instrumental in assisting Northwestern graduates in obtaining admission into various levels of graduate and medical school.

Dr. J. Louis Bouchard Memorial Scholarship

Dr. J. Louis Bouchard, professor of biology, died January 23, 1983. He had retired in 1980 after 28 years on the university faculty. Colleagues in the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics, former students, and friends established the scholarship fund to honor his memory. The award is made to a student in natural science, mathematics or computer science, based on academic merit, leadership, dedication and future goals.

Dr. Kenneth H. Brown Chemistry Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2005 by friends and former students of Dr. Brown. Originally from up-state New York, Dr. Brown came to Northwestern in 1973 after teaching seven years at Transylvania University in Kentucky. He retired in 2005 after 31 years of teaching and advising many students at Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students in the area of Chemistry.

The James R. Claflin Family Medical Sciences Scholarship

A native of Wakita, Oklahoma, James Claflin graduated from Northwestern in 1967. His medical training was completed at the University of Oklahoma with pediatric post-graduate training at the University of Texas. After graduation, Dr. Claflin served in the US Air Force and was stationed in England where he was Chief of Pediatrics as well as Chief of Hospital Services. He was in private practice in Texas before returning to Oklahoma City where he is a member of the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic. In 1997, Dr. Claflin was awarded Northwestern’s Alumni Association Outstanding Business/Professional Graduate award. Dr. and Mrs. Claflin now reside in Edmond. This scholarship is awarded to a student in a pre-med field. They must maintain a 3.5 GPA and must possess leadership skills.

Pearl English Crain Scholarship

The Pearl English Crain Scholarship was established in 1996 by Mrs. Crain. A life-long resident of Woods County, Mrs. Crain retired to Alva after a career in farming and ranching. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students from the Northwest Oklahoma area who have an interest in the medical profession. It is awarded to a continuing Northwestern student majoring in a preparatory field for an advanced degree in medicine. Second preference will be given to any health related field. The recipient must have a CGPA of 3.5.

Kenneth and Sue Fellers Family Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2010 by Kenneth and Sue (Hildreth) Fellers. The scholarship unites the couple's passions to provide financial assistance to a student from northwest Oklahoma pursuing a degree in math, physical science, or biological science and music in alternating years. Kenneth is a 1963 graduate, and Sue graduated from Northwestern in 1964.

Dr. Anna B. Fisher Scholarship

Chairman of the Biology Department when she retired, Dr. Anna B. Fisher had been a member of the faculty for 41 years. She continued to serve the university as executive secretary of the Northwestern Foundation until her death on May 11, 1984. The Fisher Scholarship was established prior to her death and is to honor a female student majoring in biology as the first preference. Completion of 60 semester hours of work and a 3.5 grade average also are minimum requirements.

Myra D. Foster Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1999 in memory of Myra D. Foster by her family. Myra graduated from Northwestern in 1991 with a B.S. in biology. She entered the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University in the fall of 1991. Her love of God’s creatures compelled her to pursue her doctorate while dealing with personal illness. She completed her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 1991. Myra passed away in 1998 due to complications related to diabetes. This scholarship honors a female continuing student majoring in a pre-vet or science area with a 3.0 GPA or above.

The Claude LaChance Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1998 by Jerome A. Reichenberger, M.D., a 1959 Northwestern graduate. Mr. LaChance originated in Quebec City, Canada and later became a ski instructor for the U.S. Army. In his later years he worked for the Honeywell Corporation of Phoenix. Dr. Reichenberger honored the life of Claude LaChance through the establishment this scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to the students of Northwestern majoring in the field of science with emphasis in chemistry.

Joe Melton Scholarship

After his retirement as chairman of the Chemistry Department in 1973, Dr. Joe Melton, with his wife, made a substantial contribution to establish a scholarship for outstanding chemistry students. Dr. Melton was on the faculty for 27 years. After his death July 22, 1983, former students and other friends made additional contributions to the fund.

The Vernon McNally Scholarship

Established in 2002 and then fully funded in 2004 by Mrs. Edna McNally, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in the field of pre-med at Northwestern.  Vernon died in 2002 after a lifelong service to Northwest Oklahoma. This scholarship is in addition to three other gifts of scholarship contributed to the Northwestern Foundation since 1993.

L. A. Myers, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

A Northwestern alumnus, Dr. L. A. Myers first worked in education, then earned a doctorate in medicine and became a practicing physician in Shattuck. After his death in 1981, his family established the perpetual scholarship in his memory. The award is for a student who is majoring in a health-related field and who has completed 60 semester hours of college work with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.5. Leadership, achievement and extracurricular activities also are considered.

OG&E Scholarship

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Energy Corp. (OG&E) has a long history of supporting the communities it serves in Oklahoma and western Arkansas through investments in both people and programs. The OG&E Scholarship will be a continuation of this tradition with a partnership with the Northwestern Foundation in sponsoring its first endowed scholarship for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship will highlight the fields of business, accounting, computer science, business information systems, e-commerce, math and science, the predominant fields that OG&E employs.

David P. Parker Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1999 by Margaret Parker in honor of her late husband, David Parker, a 1930 Northwestern graduate and a native of Buffalo, Oklahoma. Mr. Parker and all four of his siblings were alumni of Northwestern and his wife attended Northwestern for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State University. Parker himself went on to earn a master’s degree from OSU and was employed by Mobil Oil Company for 42 years. Among his assignments were postings in England and Tokyo, Japan. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Math, Natural Sciences or Computer Science. Applicants must be continuing students with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Dr. H. Leland Steffen Medical Scholarship

Dr. H. Leland Steffen graduated from Northwestern in 1950 and his wife, Carol, graduated in 1947. While their graduation dates are finite, their love and appreciation for Northwestern spanned a lifetime. The purpose of the Dr. H. Leland Steffen Medical Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University students seeking health-care related degrees, preferably pre-med or nursing.

Dr. I. F. Stephenson Scholarship

In honor of “Dr. Steve,” a scholarship was set up in 1985 by his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Stephenson of Okeene. Dr. I. F. Stephenson practiced medicine in Alva for 48 years before his death September 7, 1980. He had served many families through three generations. W. E. Stephenson and a late sister, Geraldyne Watkins, were both graduated from Northwestern in 1935. The scholarship honoring Dr. Steve goes to a junior or senior working on a pre-med curriculum. Leadership, dedication and academic records also are considered.

Della Yerian and Madalyne Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2000 in honor of Madalyne Wilson, a 1950 graduate, and her mother, Della Yerian, whoattended Northwestern in the late 1890s, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student within the service area of Northwestern. A single mother majoring in science or math will be given preference.

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Social Science

Jay Linder Scholarship Fund

Jay Linder was a graduate of Alva High School, and a freshman at Northwestern at the time of his untimely death. Jay was an outstanding high school athlete and a bright prospect for the Ranger Baseball Team. In addition to his athletic talents, Jay worked equally hard on the development of his scholastic ability and was an active student leader. The award was established by his family and friends to perpetuate his memory. The recipient must be an upperclassman enrolled in the field of Law Enforcement or Teacher Education. Preference will be given to the applicant who participates in varsity athletics and demonstrates leadership in campus organizations.

Sabin and Pearl Percefull Scholarship Award

The scholarship is in honor of Mrs. Pearl Percefull, who was a faculty member from 1915 to 1919, and Mr. Sabin Percefull, who served the University in various capacities including Acting President (1935-36) and President from 1943 to 1954. The award is open to all Northwestern students with a major or minor in History or any area of the Social Sciences. It is based upon grade-point, character and need of the student.

Dr. John C. Sheffield Social Science Scholarship

Dr. John C. Sheffield was director of the Division of Social Science when he died July 31, 1975. He had been on the faculty since 1957 and had served in various capacities both as a professor of social science and through committee assignments. The scholarship in his memory was established in 1975 by family members and colleagues, and subsequent support expanded to include alumni, former students and other friends. The award is made to a student or students majoring in one of the social sciences.

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Social Work

Ruth Ann VanLandingham Scholarship of Social Work

Northwestern’s first scholarship in social work is given in honor of 1980 graduate Ruth Ann Devery VanLandingham. This scholarship was established in 1992 by her family to provide financial assistance to a non-traditional student majoring in social work. Mrs. VanLandingham worked as a social worker in southern Kansas after graduation. She passed away suddenly in an automobile accident on August 28, 1991. She was respected by her colleagues as being an excellent student, as well as a social work professional.

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Speech & Theatre

Maud Drake-Bingham Scholarship

Maud Drake-Bingham was a Northwestern graduate and later a member of the Northwestern faculty. Initial funds for this scholarship were raised at the time of her retirement and then it was completely funded in 1991. This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to an outstanding student in the division of fine arts. The recipient must also have a 3.0 CGPA.

Globe Theatre Award

The Donovan Reichenberger Theatre Scholarship, also known as the Globe Theatre Award, was established to aid an outstanding student in the Northwestern Theatre program. Reichenberger has been a 40-year supporter of Northwestern's scholarship program. A veteran of WWII and the Korean War, Reichenberger joined the Northwestern faculty in 1967. After a career in the U.S. Navy he earned his bachelor’s from Northwestern in 1966 and a master’s from Wichita State in 1967. In addition to teaching history courses, he served as chairman and member of various Northwestern faculty committees. Currently, Reichenberger is a trustee on the board of the Northwestern Foundation.

NWOSU Theatre Scholarship

Over the past 35 years, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation has been the recipient of a variety of memorial donations classified as restricted unspecified funds. Upon receiving permission by the donors or their surviving relatives, each of these memorial funds was combined and moved into an endowed scholarship.

Linda J. Stewart and Kimberly K. Weast Theatre Scholar Award

In 2010, an anonymous donor endowed the Theatre Scholar Award. The donor wished to honor Dr. Linda Stewart and Prof. Kimberly Weast for their combined 45 years of dedication to Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Stewart, a former professor of speech and head of the theatre program, dedicated 35 years to teaching at Northwestern. Weast currently serves as associate professor of theatre and as managing/technical director of Herod Hall Auditorium at Northwestern.

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General

Alva Concrete Company Scholarship

Established in 1999 this scholarship was created to assist a freshman or continuing student majoring in any field of study at Northwestern. Preference will be given to students demonstrating leadership characteristics. Evans & Associates, parent company of Alva Concrete, maintains a firm belief that businesses should be a strong part of the community in which they conduct operations. Under the leadership of plant manager, Raymond Jacobson, Alva Concrete wanted to give something back to the community that has been so good to the company. This scholarship was chosen to be the mechanism for the company to annually contribute to the community and to the students of Northwestern.

Alva Odd Fellow Lodge #43 and Rebekah Lodge #44 Scholarship

Established in 2009 by members of the Alva Odd Fellow Lodge #43 and the Alva Rebekah Lodge #44, this scholarship was formed to invest in the students of the community and keep as many at Northwestern Oklahoma State University as possible. Its purpose is to offer monetary relief to any student seeking to further their education at Northwestern.

W.C. Diacon Scholarship

A long-time community leader, businessman, farmer and rancher, W.C. Diacon was also a strong supporter of Northwestern programs and activities, particularly the scholarship program. Upon his death, family members and friends established the W.C. Diacon Scholarship in 1980 to honor his memory. The award is unrestricted as to the classification, major, need or residence of the recipient.

The Dr. Joe Dollins Scholarship

The Dr. Joe Dollins Scholarship was established in 1999 by Mrs. Jo Anne Gilbert, daughter of the late Dr. Joe Dollins. Dr. Dollins served with distinction as a faculty member at Northwestern from 1946-48 and then again from September 1957 until his untimely death in 1970. This endowment was funded to honor Dr. Dollins who dedicated his life to education. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to the students of Northwestern who demonstrate strong effort toward scholarship and moral values. Continuing students from any major area of study are eligible for this award.

Floy Elliott Cobb

A financial gift from Floy Elliott Cobb of Tulsa in December, 1983, provided funds for the Foundation to establish the Extraordinarily Talented Scholarship program for freshman. Mrs. Cobb, a 1910 alumnus of Northwestern, was a teacher and educational leader in the state, having served in 1955-56 as president of the Oklahoma Education Association. Her contribution to the scholarship program was intended to support the University’s effort to attract highly qualified high school graduates as freshmen. Recipients of the E.T. awards are those with ACT scores of 26 or higher and with high school grade averages of at least 3.0. Leadership in high school activities also is considered. The E.T. awards carry one of the highest dollar values of any given by the University. In addition to the gift provided by Mrs. Cobb, the E.T. awards are supported by the University’s general scholarship program.

Hazel Fugit-Tempus Fugit Glass Scholarship

Hazel Fugit was Lyle’s sister who died when she was just 28 and Tempus Fugit Glass, a 1984 Northwestern graduate, is his granddaughter. Lyle died in 2001 at the age of 81 and was an Alva resident his entire life except for a couple of years when he farmed near Dacoma. A member of the Alva First Christian Church, Fugit served as a deacon, elder, and Sunday School superintendent.

Dick and Thamazin Harrison Scholarship

Established in 2008 in honor of Dick and Thamazin Harrison by their daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Brock Schnebel, the purpose of this scholarship is to offer relief in any way possible to anyone who seeks the benefits of higher education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, regardless of major or hometown. The Harrisons have been strong supporters of the Alva community and NWOSU academics and sports. They epitomize the northwest Oklahoma ideals of hard work and life-long learning that have built Northwestern and its community into a driving force.

C.L. ‘Dick’ and Hazel Highfill Scholarship

Family and friends established this scholarship in 1996 in honor of C.L. “Dick” Highfill, a former three-sport coach at Northwestern. Highfill coached the 1948-49 Ranger basketball team to a conference championship and Northwestern’s first berth in the NAIA tournament. In 1993 he became a member of the first class to be inducted into the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame. Highfill’s wife, Hazel, and sons, Jim and Joe, are all Northwestern graduates. Awarded to a NWOSU student with at least a 2.5 CGPA, first preference will be given to applicants residing in Northwest Oklahoma. Second preference will be given to applicants residing in South Central Kansas. Preference will also be given to those applicants with a stated interest in teaching or coaching with the expression of a desire to make a difference with young men and women whose lives they touch.

Aurice Huguley Scholarship

The Aurice Huguley scholarship was established in 1983 to honor her forty-three years of service to the University. A 1940 Northwestern graduate, Ms. Huguley now resides in Norman where she is actively involved. The recipient of this scholarship must be a non-traditional student entering college for the first time. Those with college credit will also be considered as a second preference. The candidate may major in any field of study.

Barbara Wolf Johnson Scholarship

Established in 2000 by her husband of over fifty years, this scholarship will assist students of any major of study. Mrs. Johnson enrolled at Northwestern in 1940 and was a student here until she left in 1942 to go to work in a war related industry. During her time at Northwestern she met Clyde Johnson, a 1942 graduate, and they were married in 1943. She worked in various secretarial positions until their first child was born, at which time she terminated her employment to dedicate her time to raising their family. Mr. Johnson has been an active member of the Northwestern Foundation Board of Trustees.

Eddith L. Jones Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2000 from the estate of Eddith L Jones. Mrs. Jones attended the McKeever Rural Grade School and graduated from Horace Mann High School with the class of 1933. She then attended Northwestern State College and received her bachelor's in 1936. She and her husband Phil farmed and ranched in the Alva area. This endowment is restricted for academic scholarships.

Lester W. and Mary E. Maddox Scholarship

Lifelong residents of Northwest Oklahoma, Lester and Mary Maddox both attended Northwestern Normal School. Lester farmed and taught in Woods County in the 1920s before moving to Aline in 1931 where he continued farming and later retired from teaching. Mary was born in Pennsylvania and moved to western Kansas as a teen. She devoted her life to her family while maintaining a very active involvement with Home Extension and becoming an accomplished artist. Lester and Mary were active in church work serving as Sunday School teachers and in other capacities. Mr. and Mrs. Maddox had four children: Elva, Myron, Marjorie and Winona. Each of the Maddox children attended Northwestern. This scholarship was established by Winona and her husband A.M. Schnitzer in honor and recognition of her parents and is awarded to an NWOSU student with a minimum CGPA of 2.5. Recipients must be United States citizens to be eligible for this scholarship.

Earl W. Middleton Scholarship

This scholarship was established in accordance with the terms of the will of Earl W. Middleton. Proceeds from his trust are awarded annually to eligible Northwestern students. The Middleton trust was transferred from Alva State Bank to the Northwestern Foundation in December 2011.

Millennium Club Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2006 by the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, Inc. The goal of the Millennium Club is to provide funds required to retain students that make a choice to attend any of Northwestern's campuses.

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Myers, Jr. Scholarship

In honor of their service and commitment, this scholarship was established in October, 2000 by the Hopeton State Bank. W.D. and Lillie Myers are the parents of Mary Margaret Myers of Alva. Mrs. Myers for several years served as a Director of the Hopeton State Bank of Hopeton and the Central National Bank of Alva. W.D., Jr. graduated from Alva High School and then attended Northwestern State College. In 1939 Mr. Myers purchased a majority interest in Hopeton State Bank and served in various capacities throughout his banking career. After the death of his father in 1951, W.D., Jr. became President of the Central National Bank of Alva. Mrs. Myers passed away in 1979 followed by Mr. Myers in 1987. This scholarship is unique as it is available to full-time or part-time students majoring in any area of study. The recipient must have a 3.0 CGPA or above.

Tom J. and Brenda McDaniel President's Leadership Class Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2000 with a gift from the Kerr-McGee Corporation to honor Tom and Brenda McDaniel at the time of his retirement from the company. Tom then became Northwestern’s seventeenth president and under his leadership the President’s Leadership Class was developed. This scholarship will be presented annually to the outstanding male and female freshman participants in the President’s Leadership Class and proceeds used for sophomore year expenses.

Jim and Denzil Pride Memorial Scholarship

Soon after his death in 1979, family members and friends of Jim Pride established a scholarship to honor his memory. Mr. Pride was an Alva businessman, having operated the OTASCO store for some 20 years before he retired in 1977. He was one of the original participants in the university scholarship program and subsequently maintained continuing support of it. The Pride Scholarship is available to either a continuing undergraduate or an entering freshman who has demonstrated qualifying capabilities.

Rowdy Ranger Student Athlete Scholarship

The Rowdy Rangers are a group of fans who give their all to their beloved Northwestern Oklahoma State University. They cook and provide other services to support varsity athletics at Northwestern. Most of them are Northwestern graduates who have made their homes in northwest Oklahoma. They had terrific university experiences and want current students to experience greatness during their own college careers. The Rowdy Ranger group includes doctors, businessmen, farmers and ranchers whose mission is to generate school spirit. This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to Northwestern varsity athletes.

Thelma Elmore Ruch Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1996 by the family and many friends of Thelma Elmore Ruch. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a Northwestern Oklahoma State University junior or senior majoring in any field of study. A 1942 graduate of Northwestern, Thelma Elmore Ruch lived in the Alva area all of her life where she taught school, except for one year when she was principal at Anthony, Kansas. She retired as director of Woods County Health and Human Services. Because of her love for teaching and the desire to help young people obtain a higher education, this scholarship was established to serve as a living memorial to her and her dedication to the education profession. Awarded to an NWOSU junior or senior, majoring in any field of study, the recipient must have at least a 2.5 CGPA. Students whose home residence is Oklahoma or Kansas will be given first preference.

Alva Sonic Scholarship

This endowment was established by Alva Sonic Drive-In owners Gary and Karen Adams. With a passion for Alva that far exceeds their business commitment to the community, the couple chose to support Northwestern through their future students. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist incoming high school graduates in achieving a higher education through Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Chester and Elizabeth Anna Woodard Scholarship

This endowment was funded in 2001 from a will bequest of the Elizabeth Anna Woodard estate. The Woodard’s were long time farmers and ranchers in the Alva area. This scholarship will provide academic assistance to the students of Northwestern.

Northwestern Scholar Ambassador Scholarship

The most prestigious scholarship given to Northwestern students, this award is for full tuition and room. Established in 1991, this scholarship can be awarded for four years if renewal requirements are met and maintained. Those eligible for this scholarship are high school seniors, transfer students and continuing Northwestern students. These recipients must have at least 3.5 CGPA, two written recommendations and a satisfactory rating in an interview. Scholar Ambassadors’ responsibilities include assigned duties at special events on campus and conducting campus tours.

#1 Associate Degree Transfer Scholarship

This transfer scholarship is funded through the Alva Economic Development Incentive Sales Tax Grant. This scholarship program provides for 32 hours tuition & 1/2 semester semi-private room. The recipient must have an associate degree CGPA of 3.5 or better.

#2 Associate Degree Transfer Scholarship

This transfer scholarship is funded through the Alva Economic Development Incentive Sales Tax Grant. This scholarship program provides for $1,400 worth of tuition expenses. The recipient must have an associate degree CGPA of 3.0-3.5.

Oklahoma Academic Scholar

Funding for this scholarship is by special allocation of state monies. The scholarships are awarded to academically promising students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and local involvement in their hometown communities. Applicants participate in an interview if selected as a finalist and supply the selection committee with at least three letters of reference. This scholarship can be awarded for up to eight semesters as long as renewal requirements are satisfied.

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General - Large Pools

George L. and Julia E. Graves Scholarship

The George L. and Julia E. Graves Scholarship was funded in 1974 by Mrs. Blanche Sterling in honor of her parents. Mrs. Sterling was a graduate of Northwestern and taught school in the Hardtner, KS area. Mrs. Sterling served for several years on the board of directors of the Northwestern Alumni Association.

Ellen McHugh Scholarship

A 1931 graduate of Northwestern, Ellen McHugh left all of her Oklahoma property to the Northwestern Foundation. The income from the 360 acres is earmarked for academic scholarships for continuing students. Ellen McHugh was reared in the Capron area and after graduation taught school for a few years. She later worked in business in Anthony and Wichita.

Earl Middleton Scholarship

Academic scholarships for continuing students are being funded through the trust provided by Earl Middleton, Alva area farmer and rancher. This fund is held in trust for the Foundation at Alva State Bank with the interest earned used to provide the scholarships.

Millennium Club Scholarship

The Millennium Club Scholarship serves as a general scholarship endowment for continuing students. Funding for the endowment comes from Millennium Club members and others who make gifts to continuing student scholarships at Northwestern, including those who make donations during the annual scholarship drive.

Louise Glaser Wethington Scholarship

Louise Glaser Wethington was born in Alva in 1906 and died in Enid in 1983. This scholarship was endowed in 1997 from a will bequest by her husband W.O. Wethington. Mrs. Wethington attended Alva schools and Northwestern and completed graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. She taught school at Belva, Alva High School and Emerson Junior High in Enid. The Wethingtons were married in 1933 and farmed and ranched near Nash until moving to Enid in 1971. This scholarship is available to all Northwestern students from Woods, Alfalfa, Grant and Garfield counties. The recipients must meet admission and retention standards set forth by Northwestern.

Northwestern Academic Scholarship

Academic scholarships for continuing students require the recipient to have a 3.5 CGPA and have completed twenty-four hours.

Valedictorian Scholarship

The funding for this scholarship is provided by the Alva economic development sales tax incentive. The recipients must be awarded the designation of valedictorian from their high school in order to receive this scholarship. They must also meet admission standards set forth by Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship can be awarded for up to eight semesters as long as renewal requirements are satisfied.

Salutatorian Scholarship

The funding for this scholarship is provided by the Alva economic development sales tax incentive. The recipients must be awarded the designation of salutatorian from their high school in order to receive this scholarship. They must also meet admission standards set forth by Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship can be awarded for up to eight semesters as long as renewal requirements are satisfied.

Northwestern Transfer Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships for continuing students require the recipient to have a 3.5 CGPA and have completed twenty-four hours.

Regional Baccalaureate Scholarship

Funding for this scholarship is by special allocation of state monies. The scholarships are awarded to academically promising Oklahoma students enrolled in a baccalaureate program. Applicants must be an Oklahoma resident, have an ACT composite score of at least 30, a 3.0 grade point average and class rank that is exceptional. These scholarships can be awarded for up to eight semesters as long as renewal requirements are satisfied.

NWOSU Honors Program

Acceptance into the program will rest on the student’s ACT test score (composite 27 or greater), an essay that is written to accompany the application, and a letter written on the student’s behalf by a person who has served in a mentoring capacity to that student. It is the intent that about 24 students will be accepted into the program with each entering class.

Presidential Partners Scholarship

Funding for these academic scholarships is made possible through the generous giving of Northwestern’s “Presidential Partners”. Awarded to sophomore students, the purpose of this scholarship is to honor academic achievement from previous years' members of the Presidential Leadership Class.

Northwestern Academic Scholarship - Out of State

Academic scholarships for continuing students require the recipient to have a 3.5 CGPA and have completed twenty-four hours.

President's Leadership Class

The President’s Leadership Class was formed in 2001 with financial assistance from the Presidential Partners Program. This program is funded through donations to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation as well as scholarship assistance from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The inaugural class was chosen for the 2001-2002 school year and each year will provide the students with an educational trip, leadership activities, the opportunity to assist the President and his staff in hosting dignitaries on campus, and assisting in selected recruitment activities.

President's Honors

The Honors Program at Northwestern has been designed by a faculty committee, with input from current honor students and administration, to provide intellectual stimulation in a challenging and supportive environment. Students in the Northwestern Honors Program will enroll in four Honors classes during the first two years of course work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. They will complete additional projects during the junior and senior years.

Extraordinarily Talented Award (E.T.)

Extraordinarily and Exceptionally Talented Award (E.E.T.)
These freshman awards are among the most prestigious offered to students at NWOSU. A composite ACT score of 26, 27 or 28 is required for the E.T. and a score of 29 or higher for the E.E.T. Both awards are reserved for students with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher and credentials that show an involved, well-rounded student and citizen who is committed to excellence. These awards are funded so as to provide in-state tuition plus a portion (for E.T.) or all (for E.E.T.) double occupancy room costs for the two-semester freshman year. Selection is made by University Deans.

Northwestern Freshman Academic Scholarship

Academic scholarships for continuing students require the recipient to have a 21-25 ACT score and a minimum 3.0 high school CGPA.

Northwestern Freshman Academic Scholarship - Out of State

Academic scholarships for continuing students require the recipient to have a 21-25 ACT score and a minimum 3.0 high school CGPA.

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Area

The Bill and Phyllis Brunsteter Scholarship

In honor of their fiftieth wedding anniversary, this scholarship was established in 1997 by the Brunsteter family and friends. A native of Alva, Bill graduated from Alva High School and Northwestern in 1949. He operated the Brunsteter Motor Company in Alva until ill health forced his retirement. Phyllis is a native of Hazelton, Kansas and also graduated from Northwestern in 1949. Her years of service to Northwestern date back to her college days when she worked as a student in the registry office. In 1958 she returned to Northwestern and since that time has served as secretary to the chief academic officer. Phyllis retired from Northwestern in 2003 after 45 years of service. This scholarship is awarded to a student attending the Alva campus of Northwestern. Continuing students who exemplify leadership qualities will be given preference.

The Peter D. Casper, M.D. Scholarship

In Honor of David and Justina Casper
A native of Fairview, Oklahoma, Dr. Peter D. Casper graduated from Northwestern in 1931. In an effort to save enough money to attend medical school, Dr. Casper taught school at Garber, Oklahoma, for ten years. After graduation from medical school in 1946, he served in the Army Medical Corps. He later began private practice in Del City and retired from a forty-year practice. This scholarship was established in 1998 and is awarded annually to high school graduates from Garber and Fairview.

Cherokee Scholarship Drive

Funds for this scholarship drive are raised from local businesses, alumni and friends of the Cherokee area. All funds raised are awarded to Northwestern students from Cherokee who meet the academic criteria for scholarship selection.

Donald R. and Shirley S. Coppock Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2002 in honor of Don and Shirley Coppock. Donald was a 1941 graduate from Northwestern and an outstanding member of the men’s basketball team from 1928-33. He married Shirley Sheridan of Meeker, CO in 1940. She graduated from Colorado State College of Education and taught special education in the various communities they resided in over the years. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a graduate of Cherokee High School majoring in education or any other worthwhile area of study.

Dacoma Alumni Scholarship

Fully endowed in 2009, the Dacoma Alumni Scholarship was the vision of Katherine Leslie, a 1947 graduate of Northwestern. A lifelong public school teacher, mostly serving Dacoma Public Schools, she envisioned a scholarship that would enable students from the Dacoma area to attend Northwestern. Following her death, her husband, Gene, who attended Northwestern, continued working to make her dream of the Dacoma Alumni Scholarship a reality. Funds were donated in Katherine's memory at a Dacoma Alumni Association meeting in 1996, and over the years, contributions were gathered in honor of other teachers and former students of Dacoma Schools.

Merle K. and Hazel E. Exline Scholarship

Established in 1997 through a gift from the Exline Foundation, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide scholarship assistance to high school graduates from the Seiling, Laverne, Sharon-Mutual, Beaver and Woodward public schools. This scholarship can be renewed up to four years if the recipient meets the requirements. Hazel Symes Exline first obtained her life certificate from Northwestern in 1929 and then completed her bachelor degree in 1953. She began her teaching career near Seiling. In 1935, she and her husband Merle moved to Beaver where Merle engaged in farming and Hazel began her 39 year teaching career in Beaver County. Merle dedicated his life to farming and was active in the Methodist Church. Merle passed away in 1972, Hazel retired in 1975 and moved to Woodward. She passed away in 1995 after a courageous battle with cancer.

The O. R. Johnson Scholarship

The O.R. Johnson Scholarship was established in 1977 in honor and recognition of O.R. Johnson, longtime farmer and rancher in the Greensburg, Kansas area. This scholarship honors a student from the Greensburg, Kansas or Woodward, Oklahoma area. This award is renewable up to four years as long as the recipient meets the necessary academic requirements set forth by the Northwestern Scholarship Committee. Several members of the Johnson family have graduated from Northwestern and his daughter, Betsy Zadorozny, was honored in 1991 as the Outstanding Graduate in Education.

W.R. and Jennie A. Kinney Scholarship

The graduating seniors of the Fort Supply, Gage, and Mooreland school districts are the eligible recipients for the W.R. and Jennie A. Kinney Scholarship. Mr. and Mrs. Kinney both graduated from Northwestern; Mrs. Kinney in 1939 with a degree in Home Economics and Elementary Education and Mr. Kinney in 1938 with a degree in Math and Economics. The qualifications for this award are a 2.0 GPA, financial need, leadership and hard working student characteristics.

Jo Kinser Sharp Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2007 by M.L. Sharp in honor of his late wife, Jo Kinser Sharp. Jo was born in Selman, Oklahoma in 1934 and moved to Mooreland, Oklahoma in 1947 where she would start second grade and go through high school. She would attend college at Oklahoma A&M and Northwestern State College until her marriage to M.L. (Mel) Sharp in 1953. In 1986, Jo and Mel endowed two full-ride scholarships to Northwestern in honor of their fathers, Jesse V. Sharp and Roy E. Kinser. At the time, this was the largest private gift and scholarship the Northwestern Foundation had ever received. In February of 2007, M.L. Sharp revised and renamed the Roy E. Kinser Scholarship to the “Jo Kinser Sharp Memorial Scholarship”. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an academically worthy candidate from Mooreland High School who elects to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Kloefkorn Family Scholarship
The Kloefkorn Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 by M. L. Kloefkorn in honor and recognition of the Kloefkorn Family. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a high school graduate from the Manchester, OK, school area. M .L. Kloefkorn served on the Northwestern Foundation Board of Trustees and was honored in 1987 as an Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate.

Jayne and Jake Lindsay Scholarship

J.T. “Jake” and Jayne Lindsay established this scholarship endowment in 1994 to honor students from the Okeene area as well as all of Northwest Oklahoma. A native of Okeene, Jake was a campus leader during his college days from 1937 to 1942. He was yell leader and twice president of the prestigious Wranglers, a men’s school spirit and social organization. He also served as president of the Delta Tau Gamma Fraternity and was active in student government. A trustee of the Northwestern Foundation, Lindsay was active during the reorganization and substantial growth of the Foundation.

Aline R. Littlefield-Sargent Memorial Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2004 by Patricia Warren and family to honor the memory of her mother, Aline R. Littlefield-Sargent and her brother, George W. Littlefield, Jr. Aline married George W. Littlefield in 1943, he preceded her in death in 1969; and they made their home in Cherokee, Oklahoma where she was very active in her church community. In 1984, Aline married Thane Sargent of Waynoka and they made their home west of Aline, OK until 2003 when she passed away. George W. Littlefield, Jr. was a 1963 graduate of Cherokee High School and completed a two-year course in automotive technology from Okmulgee Tech following high school. He began his career with Oakley Pontiac in Bartlesville but would later become employed with Reda Pump, a position he held until his untimely death in 1985. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a continuing student residing in Cherokee or Waynoka to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Mooreland Masonic Lodge #387 Scholarship

Funds for this scholarship were presented to the Northwestern Foundation from the Mooreland Masonic Lodge #387 at the time of its consolidation with the Woodward Masonic Lodge. It was established to provide financial assistance to Northwestern continuing students from Mooreland or Woodward County.

Vernon and Edna McNally Scholarship

In memory of Kristina Lynne Olson
This scholarship was established in 2000 by the McNallys of Waynoka in honor of Kristina Lynne Olson. Miss Olson was the daughter of Chris and Marilyn Olson of Waynoka. She was born December 3, 1979 and passed away suddenly in an automobile accident on October 25, 1995. Kristina was a sophomore at Waynoka High School where she played on the basketball team and the softball team. She was secretary of the Future Farmers of America and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduating senior of Waynoka High School who possesses good academic credentials and high moral and ethical standards.

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Mellor Scholarship

Mr. Mellor was a 1921 graduate of Northwestern Normal School and returned in 1927 to complete a bachelor degree. Mr. Mellor first worked as an educator serving as superintendent in several Northwest Oklahoma schools and was Dean of Men at Oklahoma State University.  He retired to Fairview from the public relations office for the Air Pollution Control District of Los Angeles county. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students from the Major County schools to attend Northwestern.

Alva Moose Lodge #2100 Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1997 by the Alva Moose Lodge to provide scholarship assistance to students from northwest Oklahoma. By design, this scholarship will first assist recipients with Moose Lodge family affiliation in the Alva area, then extend to Northwestern’s service area.

Newkirk Recruiting Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2011 by an anonymous donors to assist Newkirk High School graduating seniors who are in pursuit of higher education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Additionally, the donors of this scholarship would like to assist Kay County High School graduating seniors who are in pursuit of a higher education at Northwestern.

Dean Ranson Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2003 in honor of Dean Ranson by his daughters and their families. Dean grew up on a family farm southwest of Fairview and graduated from Longdale High School in 1938. He married Ethel Martin in 1942 and graduated from Northwestern State College in 1943 with a degree in Physics and Mathematics. Dean served his country during World War II and after receiving his military discharge taught high school for one year in Zenda, Kan. In 1947 he moved back to Fairview where he worked various positions for the Farmers and Merchants National Bank for 55 years. Dean married Mary Teske in 1990 and in 2002 he retired as the Chief Executive Officer of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, a position he held for over 13 years. Dean died in the summer of 2007. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students from Major County to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

M.K. Roberts Family Scholarship

The M.K. Roberts Family Scholarship was established in 2003 by the M.K. Roberts family. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This is the first scholarship to be funded with preference given to students attending the Woodward campus.

Jesse V. Sharp Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1986 and revised in 2007 by M.L. Sharp in honor of his late father, Jesse V. Sharp. Jesse was a cattleman/farmer who lived his entire life in Woods County. He was married to Irene Gately, a graduate of Northwestern Normal School, and father of three children, two of whom were Northwestern graduates. In 1986, M.L. and his wife Jo endowed two full-ride scholarships to Northwestern in honor of their late fathers and at the time it was the largest private gift and scholarship the Foundation had ever received. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an academically worth candidate from Waynoka (Oklahoma) High School who elects to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The Stock Exchange Bank Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2007 by the Stock Exchange Bank as an effort to benefit the economic standing of northwest Oklahoma. The officers and employees of the Stock Exchange Bank believe that it is through the investment in education in our youth, that we make a long term difference and create a positive legacy our future. The intent is to invest in a top quality student from the Woodward, Oklahoma area attending college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Ernest Tyler Scholarship

This scholarship was established in accordance with the terms of the will of Ernest D. Tyler. Proceeds from his trust are awarded annually to eligible Northwestern students from Woods County, Alfalfa County or Barber County with at least a 3.0 GPA during the preceding semester. Tyler's trust was transferred from Alva State Bank to the Northwestern Foundation in December 2011.

Henry and Ruth Walker Belcher Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2006 by Henry and Ruth Belcher. Henry Belcher and Ruth Walker Belcher both enrolled at Northwestern Normal School in 1934. Henry played on the basketball team while Ruth studied speech and debate. Although neither of them finished their degrees, both of them placed a high value on education and stressed that to their son, Gene, who graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1960. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student from either Alfalfa or Woods county in Oklahoma.

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Alva High School

Alva State Bank and Trust Company Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2006 by Alva State Bank and Trust Company in an effort to benefit the economic standing of northwest Oklahoma by investing in a top quality student from Alva to attend college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Roger Hackler Memorial Scholarship

Roger Hackler was a member of the junior class at Northwestern when he died in a tragic industrial accident. He was above average in scholastic achievement, but his most notable attribute was his ready wit and engaging personality. His senior year at Alva High School he was voted by his peers as the “Friendliest Boy”. This scholarship honors an Alva High School senior who best exemplifies the characteristics of Roger Hackler. The recipient must have a 2.5 GPA and be active in high school activities.

Knox Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Knox were career teachers who led students of Woods County and Alva in particular by both their instruction and their example. This scholarship was established by family and friends at the time of their fatal accident. This scholarship is awarded to a senior at Alva High School who will major in Science or Elementary Education, alternating each year. When the Knox’s passed away in a fatal accident, their family and friends established this scholarship.

Deidra Palmer Scholarship

Deidra Palmer was a graduating senior of Alva High School when she was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Because her dream of obtaining a college education was ended, her parents established this scholarship in her honor. This scholarship is awarded to an Alva High School graduating senior who will major in Mass Communications, Journalism, or English.

C.W. and Grace Wisdom Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2006 by C.W. and Grace Wisdom. C.W. and Grace Wisdom, owners of Alva State Bank since 1957, moved to Alva from Okeene where they owned and continue to own the First National Bank. Grace took over operation of the bank after the death of C.W. in 1993. The Wisdoms have been very supportive of Northwestern in many facets and believe this scholarship will make a positive difference in the lives of many students. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an Alva High School student desiring to enter the health care professional field at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

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Student Government Association

Randy Murrow Memorial Scholarship

Randy Murrow served with distinction as Student Senate president at Northwestern Oklahoma State University from 1967-69. Following his untimely death in 1969, a permanent memorial scholarship was established. Funds were solicited by the Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity, assisted by other campus organizations of students, and from voluntary gifts from students, faculty, former students, family and friends.

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