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Agriculture Scholarships

Don & Wanda Campbell Agriculture Education Scholarship

Don and Wanda Campbell are no strangers to the world of agriculture education. The couple, both retired educators, realized the need for quality agriculture educators in Oklahoma, and chose to endow the Don & Wanda Campbell Agriculture Education Scholarship. Don and Wanda are both Northwestern alumni, and their contribution through  this scholarship bolsters the agriculture education department at Northwestern.

Irish and Loyce Erikson Agriculture Scholarship

Irish and Loyce Erikson were married March 31, 1942, and lived in the Alva community all of their married lives. The couple understood the importance of quality education and ensured their children would complete higher education. The Erikson children, along with the help of family and friends, established the Irish and Loyce Erikson Agriculture Scholarship in their parents’ honor. The scholarship benefits students majoring in agriculture at Northwestern.

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.

Nay Family Scholarship

Darell Nay was a 1955 graduate of Northwestern and a former Ranger baseball player. Years after graduation, he founded, owns and operates The Nay Company, the leading construction providers for agricultural and food manufacturing industries. With a passion to give back to the university, Darell established the Nay Family Scholarship to benefit agriculture business majors at Northwestern.

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.

Doris and Morice Schupbach Agriculture Scholarship

Doris (Sternberger) Schupbach established the Doris and Morice Schupbach Agriculture Scholarship in 2010 to benefit agriculture majors at Northwestern. Her first prominent memory of Northwestern was seeing the fire of the Castle on the Hill. Although Doris was not a graduate of Northwestern, she enjoyed attending university events and recognized the importance of agriculture and higher education, particularly in northwest Oklahoma.

Leroy and Betty Stauffer Scholarship

Leroy and Betty Stauffer spent their entire lives in Alfalfa County. Leroy attended Northwestern until returning to the farm at the start of World War II. Although he was unable to finish his education, he thought fondly of his time at the university. In 1958, Leroy and Betty moved to their homestead west of Burlington, Okla., which consisted of 320 acres. The couple firmly believed in giving back to the community. At the time of Leroy’s death, their entire estate was donated to the Northwestern Foundation with the requirement that funds be used by the Northwestern agriculture department. Their gift demonstrates their giving spirit.

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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