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Criminal Justice Scholarships

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.

Jenlink Family Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1991 in honor of Glenn Jenlink by his students, faculty, alumni, family and friends. After the sudden death of Michael Jenlink, son of Glenn and Helen Jenlink of Cherokee, the scholarship was completely endowed in 2001 through donations from family and friends. Continuing students majoring in criminal justice are considered for this scholarship. The recipient can receive the scholarship up to three continuous years if all requirements are met. Glenn, Helen and all three of their sons are alumni of Northwestern. Glenn, a 1972 graduate of Northwestern, started teaching in 1972 and became department chairman for Law Enforcement in 1974. Helen received both BS and her Masters in 1980 and 1986; Patrick his BA in 1972 and his Masters in 1977; Timothy attended from 1972-74; and Michael received his BS in 1994.

Jay Linder Scholarship Fund

Jay Linder was a graduate of Alva High School, and a freshman at Northwestern at the time of his untimely death. Jay was an outstanding high school athlete and a bright prospect for the Ranger Baseball Team. In addition to his athletic talents, Jay worked equally hard on the development of his scholastic ability and was an active student leader. The award was established by his family and friends to perpetuate his memory. The recipient must be an upperclassman enrolled in the field of Law Enforcement or Teacher Education. Preference will be given to the applicant who participates in varsity athletics and demonstrates leadership in campus organizations.

Roberta Michaelis Memorial Scholarship

Roberta Joan Michaelis is a Kansas native, but spent a majority of her life as a member of the Alva community. She received her GED from Northwestern, after which she dedicated many years of her life to raising her four children: Dale, Mike, Billy Joe and Patricia. She later began a career as an assistant chief dispatcher for police forces. Upon completing C.L.E.E.T. training in 1990, she became a police officer. She served on the Alva Police Force for a decade, then became a park ranger at the Little Sahara State Park. She returned to the Alva Police Force as the Chief Police Dispatcher, retiring in 2004. This scholarship benefits criminal justice majors at Northwestern.

The G. W. Nichols Law Enforcement Scholarship

A 1990 graduate of Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Gerald W. “Jerry” Nichols was a sergeant at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility at the time of his accidental death September 20, 1994. This scholarship was established by his widow, Rochelle Nichols Irwin. Its purpose is to provide scholarship assistance to a law enforcement major or minor in the area of corrections or criminal justice with a desire to be a leader in the profession.

The Shafer Family Scholarship

The Shafer Family Scholarship was established in 1992 by family and friends in honor and recognition of two members of the Shafer family, Carl A. Shafer and Dickie Shafer. The scholarship honors a recipient majoring in any area of social science with preference given to law enforcement majors. Carl Anton Shafer began business in Alva in 1934 establishing the well-known Shafer Radio and TV. Shafer attended Northwestern and taught courses in Morse Code with John Cameron to transit pilots. He and his wife Anna Belle served their community well in many volunteer capacities. Since its inception, they have generously contributed to the Northwestern Scholarship Drive. Dickie Dean Shafer was a senior honor student at the time of his death in 1976 from a gun accident. He was the son of David Shafer, a 1989 outstanding graduate of Northwestern, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Shafer.

R. B. Yadon, Jr. Scholarship

Voluntary gifts from students, alumni, faculty, and other friends established a scholarship honoring Dr. R. B. Yadon, Jr. in 1973. Dr. Yadon was in charge of the university’s law enforcement program from 1970 until he retired in 1981. The scholarship is for students majoring in law enforcement with consideration being given to academic achievement, activities on campus to increase individual development and need.


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