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Marks and Farrand received the Dean Ranson Scholarship at Northwestern

ALVA, Okla., (March 26, 2016)— Margo Marks and Chezni Farrand were named the 2019 recipients of the Dean Ranson Scholarship at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Marks, a Chester (Okla.) native, receives the Dean Ranson Scholarship for her second time. A member of Aggie Club and an agricultural business major, Marks chose to attend Northwestern because it was close to home. Set to graduate this May, Marks plans to become an agricultural loan officer to help farmers obtain funds needed to fund their operations. Marks recognizes the value of receiving financial support to accomplish her goals.

"This scholarship has benefited me financially by allowing me to pay for my tuition," Marks said. "I am truly grateful for the help this scholarship has given me."

Farrand, a Ringwood (Okla.) native and junior social work major, considers herself blessed to receive the financial help the Dean Ranson Scholarship provides because it allows her to focus solely on school. Like Marks, Farrand chose Northwestern because of its proximity to her hometown.

"I am a small town girl and super close to my family," Farrand said. "I chose Northwestern because it allows me to stay close to home. I’ve also heard nothing but good things about Northwestern, which made my decision that much easier."

After her graduation in May 2020, Farrand hopes to find a job where she can do what she feels called to do.

The Dean Ranson Scholarship was established at Northwestern in 2003 in honor of Ranson, of Fairview (Okla.), by his daughters and their families, Rita and Jeral Cain of Fort Worth, Texas, and Janis and Robert Johnson of Montclair, Va. The scholarship provides financial assistance to full-time continuing Northwestern students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. First preference is given to applicants from Major County.

Ranson grew up on a family farm southwest of Fairview and graduated from Longdale High School in 1938. On Dec. 23, 1942, he married Ethel Martin, who preceded him in death in July 1989. He graduated from Northwestern State College in 1943 with a degree in physics and mathematics. Following graduation, he served 34 months with the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. After receiving his military discharge, he taught high school for one year at Zenda, Kan.

In 1947, he returned to Fairview to begin his 55-year career with the Farmers and Merchants National Bank. Ranson served the bank in various positions before being elected president in 1972. In 1985, he was elected chairman of the board and in 1988 became CEO.

During his banking career, he provided leadership to many civic and community organizations. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. In 1990, he married Mary Teske. In 2002, Ranson received the Fairview Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, and he retired from Farmers and Merchants National Bank that same year. He passed away in 2007.

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