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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. Applicants must be continuing students with at least a 2.5 GPA.

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 continuing students majoring in agriculture at Northwestern with at least a 2.5 GPA.

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. He returned 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 students attending school at the Woodward campus, or a Woodward resident attending the Alva campus. Preference may be given to students majoring in agriculture or business. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

W.G. "Dub" Garnett Memorial Scholarship 
This scholarship was established in 2009 in honor of W.G. "Dub" Garnett by his family. 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. This scholarship will serve as Dub’s perpetual gift to help those that need it. Recipients should reside in northwest Oklahoma, their area of study be in business or agribusiness, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Jim Gatz Agriculture Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1987 by Ruth Ann Gatz and others, in honor of Ruth’s husband Jim, who died in 1983 after a farming accident. The scholarship 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. Preference will be given to residents of northwest Oklahoma or southwest Kansas. Applicants should have at least a 2.75 GPA.

Vernon & Doris Harper Scholarship
Vernon and Doris Harper married in May 17, 1953. They made their home on the farm, southeast of Mooreland before moving into Mooreland in the 1980s. Preference to this scholarship will be given to applicants who have attended Mooreland High School and are majoring in education or agriculture.

Blake Lauer “Big Heart” Memorial Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2007 by friends, relatives, fellow classmates, and Northwestern 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. Applicants should be a resident of Oklahoma, Kansas, or Nebraska; be active in rodeo; and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

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 with at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be to applicants from Garfield County.

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 they had a son, Anton Merrill. 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 who has at least a 2.5 GPA.

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. Applicants should have at least a 2.5 GPA.

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. Scholarship applicants should be continuing students majoring in the agricultural field with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Eugene B. Vickers Scholarship 
The Eugene B. Vickers Scholarship was established by his wife, Linda Vickers. Gene was born in Alva, OK, and was a 1950 Northwestern graduate with a B.S. in Chemistry. Gene’s remarkable career was based in the promotion of agriculture. This scholarship honors Gene’s legacy of impassioned agriculture trade promotion and his work in supporting excellence in education for youth. Applicants must be a major in agriculture or business. In even numbered years, the scholarship will be awarded to agriculture majors, while in odd numbered years, it will be awarded to business majors.

Donald N. Webster Business/Agriculture Scholarship
E. Joan Kopper of American Equine Nutrients, Inc. established this scholarship in 2003 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, which led to the development of Equine Appraisal Institute International and American Equine Nutrients, Inc. This scholarship is eligible for business majors with specified interest in entrepreneurism in Business and/or Agriculture. Applicants must be at least a junior with a 3.0 GPA.

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. Scholarship applicants must be accepted to the teacher education program, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and show leadership, maturity, character, scholarship, and continued good standing.


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