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Area Scholarships

Bruce and Sheryl Benbrook Business Scholarship (Woodward)
This scholarship benefits a business major at the Northwestern Woodward campus. The student must be a continuing, full-time student at Northwestern with at least a 2.5 CGPA.

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 who has at least a 2.5 GPA. Continuing students who exemplify leadership qualities will be given preference. Recipients must be a resident of Oklahoma or Kansas.

The Peter D. Casper, M.D. Scholarship
Dr. Peter D. Casper established this scholarship in honor of his parents, David and Justina Casper. Dr. Peter D. Casper graduated from Northwestern in 1935. 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 Community Scholarship
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. Applicants must reside in Woods County of Alfalfa County, as well as participate in one or more campus organizations.

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. First preference will be given to students majoring in the language arts.

The Mead and Mary Ferguson Scholarship (also listed in business)
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.

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
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. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of the Fort Supply, Gage, and Mooreland school districts. The qualifications for this award are a 2.5 GPA, financial need, leadership and hardworking 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. 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. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Kent and Darcy Kisling Scholarship (Burlington)
This scholarship was established in 2017 by Kent and Darcy Kisling. Kent, a ’74 agriculture business graduate, came to Northwestern because it was close to home so he could return on the weekends. The Kislings witnessed the support their family received while pursuing their education. In return, they started this scholarship to give back to the university and to provide financial assistance to Burlington High School graduates attending Northwestern.

Kloefkorn Family Scholarship Fund
The Kloefkorn Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 by M.L. Kloefkorn in honor and recognition of the Kloefkorn family. M .L. Kloefkorn served on the Northwestern Foundation Board of Trustees and was honored in 1987 as an Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate. This scholarship benefits high school graduates of Manchester, OK, attending Northwestern. If no applicant from Manchester is available, then the recipient will be chosen from Grant County.

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. The recipient must have graduated from Okeene High School and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

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, Sr. in 1943, he preceded her in death in 1969. 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 who has a 2.5 GPA.

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. Preference will be given to a student who possess Masonic Family association.

Vernon and Edna McNally Scholarship
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. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and may be pursuing any field of study.

Dean Ranson Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2003 to honor 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. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and may be pursing any area of study.

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 the Northwestern Woodward campus. This was the first scholarship to be funded with preference given to students of the Woodward campus. Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of Woodward County.

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 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 attending the Northwestern-Woodward campus. A student at the other NWOSU campuses who is a resident from Woodward, Ellis, of Harper County is also eligible. Applicants must be Education majors who have a 3.0 GPA.

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. 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 in 1960. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student from either Alfalfa or Woods County in Oklahoma. Preference may be given to students who are involved in campus organizations.

 

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