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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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