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Sarah Whitehead Ackley Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2000 by family and friends in memory of Sarah Whitehead Ackley. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1929 and attended Northwestern from 1929-32 earning her life teaching certificate. She later obtained her bachelor's degree in 1959 and taught the majority of her career in Ulysses, KS from 1959-75. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a Northwestern student who will be dedicated to improving the education system for future generations. Freshman and continuing students are eligible for this award and must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

William and Eva Bird Scholarship
William E. and Eva May Bird have a long history in northwest Oklahoma and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. William was born in Woodward County and attended Northwestern State Teacher’s College while he taught school and worked various other jobs until he graduated in 1940. William became a full-time teacher and taught for over 36 years. Eva was born in Woods County and married William in 1933, prior to his attendance at Northwestern. Eva returned to school after her last child entered first grade and graduated from Northwestern in 1960. Eva May taught for over 18 years in the public school system. At the time of this endowment, two of their five children have attended Northwestern and five of the grandchildren have graduated from Northwestern. Scholarship recipients must have a least a 3.0 GPA and be majoring in Elementary Education.

The Max and Alberta Bliss Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2003 by Alberta Bliss and her two sons, Ronnie and Lonnie, upon the passing of Max Bliss. Max served in the United State Navy and upon his retirement moved back to settle on Alberta’s grandparents farm and raise their two sons. In 1970, Alberta finally got her chance at a college education and in 1975 earned her master’s degree in special education and would later earn a second master’s degree in remedial reading. Alberta was Teacher of Year for Carmen-Dacoma, Woods County, Northwest Oklahoma, and was a finalist for the state title in 1979. Max and Alberta have been active and supportive throughout their children’s and grandchildren’s education, many of whom have attended Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students at Northwestern in the area of education or coaching, who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Aaron and Thelma Campbell Scholarship Award
The Aaron and Thelma Campbell Scholarship Award was established in 1987. Mrs. Campbell attended Northwestern in the fall of 1926. She obtained her teaching certificate and several summer sessions later obtained her lifetime teaching certificate. She taught school for eight years. This scholarship provides assistance to students in the Elementary Teacher Education Program. The recipient must be admitted into the teacher education program, an elementary education major, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Cargile-Pierce Scholarship
In 1988, the families of Myrtle Todd Cargile and Marvel Todd Pierce established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to a student in the Teacher Education Program. Cargile graduated in 1927 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Pierce obtained her life teaching certificate in 1923. Both sisters were honor students while attending Northwestern and dedicated their lives to education. Qualifications for this award are a 3.0 GPA and meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Chi Chapter Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1994 by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society with the primary source of funding from Ms. Velma Powers of Alva. Through this scholarship endowment the purpose is to maintain the high ideals in the teaching profession by awarding this scholarship to an outstanding Northwestern teacher education student. Recipients must be full-time students who have at least a 3.25 GPA. Preference will be given to applicants whose hometowns are in Woods and Alfalfa counties.

The Edna Donley Teacher Education Scholarship
A 1929 graduate of Northwestern State College, Edna Donley brought national attention to Oklahoma when she was named the 1959 National Teacher of the Year and in 1989 named to the O. E. A. Hall of Fame. Edna taught in the Alva Public Schools for 29 years before moving to Oklahoma City where she organized the Department of Instruction and Professional Development for the Oklahoma Education Association. After retirement, she became the first Director for the Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association. This scholarship is given to an upperclassman who has been admitted in the Teacher Education Program. He or she must have at least a 3.0 GPA and possess a desire to make a significant contribution to the education profession.

George and Anna Dyer Memorial Teaching Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 from a trust left by George Dyer before his death in 2004. George and his wife Anna lived on his family’s homestead around the Alva area. George was a farmer and rancher who loved flying and was a member of the Flying Farmer’s. Anna attended Northwestern Normal College where she got her teaching certificate. She taught at several of the rural grade schools in the area. The Dyers were married for 60 years when Anna died in 1998. George was described as a person who cherished his relationships with others and wanted to do something for his friends, family, and community. Applicants must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Dr. Deena & Tom Fisher Scholarship
The Dr. Deena and Tom Fisher Scholarship was established by the two passionate and dedicated educators for whom the scholarship is named. Most recently, Tom Fisher served as District Assistant Superintendent for Woodward Public Schools while Deena Fisher has served as the Dean for Northwestern’s Woodward campus since 1996. The Fishers’ legacy in education is founded on encouraging and supporting others in acquiring the opportunity of education and the promise of a successful, rewarding future. This scholarship will support students pursuing a degree in Education.

L. L. Fullerton Scholarship
Lionel Fullerton was an Alva native who graduated from Alva High School and then attended Northwestern. He owned and operated the Hub Cleaners of Alva until he sold it in 1963 and engaged in farming and ranching. This scholarship is given to a student majoring in the area of Early Childhood Education.

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.

Jane Hartwig Early Childhood Education Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2017 by Jane Hartwig’s husband, Cart Hartwig. Jane passed away in March 2017 after a long fought eight-year battle with breast cancer. Jane attended Northwestern and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1958; she returned to Northwestern for her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, graduating in 1971. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students pursuing an early childhood education degree.

Mary Ledesma Hemingway Scholarship
Mary Ledesma Hemingway received a bachelor of science in Elementary Education at Northwestern in 1952. As a student, she was an active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and later served on its board of directors. Mary was a devoted member of the Northwestern Alumni Association and attended numerous alumni events. She loved serving Northwestern and encouraged others to do the same. The Mary Ledesma Hemingway Scholarship was founded in her honor and benefits Northwestern Education majors on the Alva campus who have at least a 2.8 GPA and are involved in a campus organization.

Zearl James and Garnet Henderson Harmon Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2002 in honor of the forty years of dedicated commitment to education exhibited by Zearl and Garnet Harmon. Both Zearl and Garnet were born on small, dry land farms in Ellis County, Oklahoma in 1913. Both earned their degrees from Northwestern (Garnet ’40) and (Zearl ’42) and continued careers in education until their retirement in 1978. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a positive force for the students of Northwestern Oklahoma State University and serve as a testimony to the pioneer spirit and work ethic of these two wonderful teachers. Applicants must be majoring in the following areas: teacher education, business, math or science and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Home Economics Alumni Association Scholarship 
The Home Economics Alumni Association was formed in 1983 and established this fund through dues and other donations. This award was revised in 1994 due to the closing of the Home Economics department. The recipient for this scholarship must be an Early Childhood Education major or a Nursing major who has at least a 3.0 GPA.

Mary E. and Albert H. Huneke Scholarship
Members of the Huneke family established this scholarship. Education was important in the Huneke home and many sacrifices allowed the five children to obtain degrees from Northwestern State Teachers College. This scholarship has been established to provide recognition and incentive for outstanding students in the Teacher Education Department. The recipient must be admitted in the teacher education program and be a mathematics, science, or elementary education major. Financial need and potential for leadership will be major criteria for selection.

Viola Stewart Hofen Scholarship
This award was established in 1991 by the family of Viola Stewart Hofen. She was the beloved wife of W. H. “Bill” Stewart and later Everett M. Hofen. She graduated from Northwestern in 1961 and earned her master’s degree in 1968. She taught school in Freedom and Cleo Springs and was then librarian at Nashville, Cunningham, and Anthony, Kansas before retiring. This scholarship is awarded to a Northwestern student who has met the minimum requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. First preference will be given to a non-traditional student. Elementary education majors are preferred and the recipient must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

The Marguerite Johnson Education Scholarship
The Marguerite Johnson Education Scholarship was founded in honor of Marguerite Johnson by her family. Marguerite was a nontraditional student at Northwestern, not beginning higher education until all three of her sons were in school. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s of education from Northwestern. She made a significant impact on the lives of many students as a teacher and mother, and her legacy of kindness will be continued through this scholarship. Preference is given to students majoring in Elementary Education who has at least a 2.5 GPA.

Jay Linder Scholarship 
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, demonstrates leadership in campus organizations, and has at least a 2.5 GPA.

Margaret Manuel Larason Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1991 in honor of Margaret Manuel Larason by her family. Mrs. Larason was graduated from Northwestern in 1932 with a B. S. in English and Speech. She received her M. S. in 1969. Mrs. Larason taught English in Gage and Fargo and then served as a librarian in the Woodward public schools. The recipient must be a high school graduate from Ellis County or the Woodward public schools and must meet the minimum standards for admission to Northwestern’s Teacher Education Program. Also, the recipient must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to students in Language Arts, secondary or elementary.

Milt and Becky Lehr Education Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1986, the year Dr. Lehr retired after 28 years on the Northwestern faculty; 10 years as Director of the Teacher Education program. Lehr performed the research from which the constitution for the Northwestern Foundation originated and was a founding member of the Foundation. He served four years as its first chairman and 28 years on its executive committee. This award is for a sophomore, junior, or senior student majoring in Elementary Education, English, or Mathematics. The recipient must first have been admitted into the teacher education program based on high scores in scholastic aptitude, reading, and achievement who has at least a 2.5 GPA.

Dr. Marvin and Myra Leist Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 to honor Dr. Marvin and Myra Leist. Dr. and Mrs. Leist were lifetime educators. Dr. Leist was a school administrator for approximately 40 years and was named Outstanding Educator at Northwestern in 1985. Myra taught for 32 years before she retired. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to education students who are legacies of Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduates. Applicants must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Math Education Scholarship
This scholarship was established by an anonymous benefactor who believed in the value of an education at Northwestern. As stated “What is more important to the town, the state, the country, and human-kind in general than the education of its students?” Applicants must be majoring in Math, Math Education, or Computer Science.

Dr. J. W. Martin Scholarship
The Dr. J. W. Martin Scholarship was established in 1987 by his wife, Dr. Wilda Pate Martin. Many friends also made contributions to this fund in memory of Dr. J. W. Martin. Dr. Martin was responsible for the formation of the Northwestern Foundation in 1959. His concern for his students was one of the many fine qualities he possessed. This scholarship is the first of its kind in that the recipient can be in either the undergraduate or graduate program. The recipient can be of any field of study and must possess the eagerness to attain his/her goals.

Student Home Economics Association Scholarship
The SHEA was established in 1987 to provide worthy incentive and encouragement for students in the field of Home Economics. The scholarship was revised in 1995 after the closing of the University’s Home Economics Department. The scholarship is now given to an upperclassmen in Teacher Education with a Secondary Education major who has at least a 3.0 GPA.

The Richard E. and Lou J. Shepherd Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2001 in honor of Richard E. and Lou J. Shepherd. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student in the school of Teacher Education with a major or minor in biology, chemistry, or mathematics. Richard and Lou both graduated from Northwestern in 1951. Richard Shepherd’s career included teacher, superintendent of schools and later the assistant executive director of the Kansas National Education Association as well as the executive director of the National Association of Mature People. Mrs. Shepherd also taught school and enjoyed her career as a homemaker and community volunteer. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA. Preference will be given to an applicant who demonstrates leadership in campus or community organizations.

The Beulah Scott Slack Scholarship
The Beulah Scott Slack Scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of Beaulah Slack. This scholarship, created by John Slack, Beulah’s son, benefits elementary education students at Northwestern. Beulah grew up in northwest Oklahoma and was a Northwestern alumna. She began teaching at a small schoolhouse in 1919 and dedicated over 35 years of her life to elementary education at small rural schools throughout northwest Oklahoma. John Slack dedicates this scholarship in honor of his mother’s heart for children and her value of the importance of education. Scholarship recipient must have a 3.5 GPA and have been admitted into the Teacher Education program for elementary education.

Clara and Dean Simon Scholarship
This endowment was established in 1996 in honor and recognition of Dean and Clara Simon. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a Northwestern Oklahoma State University student majoring in the fields of education who meets the GPA minimum set by the Financial Aid Office.

Carol M. Steffen Scholarship 
Carol Prentice Steffen was born in 1926 in a two-room house 11 miles from Aline, Oklahoma. After her graduation from Aline High School, Steffen moved to Alva to attend Northwestern State College, where she earned her B.S. degree in education. She taught Sunday school, served as group leader for the Women’s Missionary Union, and worked in the church nursery for many years. In memory of their mother who passed away July 24, 2012, Carol Steffen’s children established this scholarship for majors in Elementary Education.

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.

Orilla J. Stout Scholarship
Don and Ramona Dauphin established this scholarship in 2007, in memory of Ramona's mother, Orilla J. Stout. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a Northwestern-Woodward student dedicated to improving the education system for future students. Stout, who passed away in 1989, earned her teaching certificate at Northwestern Normal School. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Dr. Joe J. and Barbara Struckle School of Education Scholarship
To honor President and Mrs. Struckle’s accomplishments and years of dedicated service to Northwestern, this scholarship was established through the many contributions of family and friends. Dr. Joe J. Struckle retired in 2000 after twenty-five years of service as President of Northwestern. Dr. Struckle’s success as President can largely be attributed to the support and encouragement from his lovely first lady, Barbara Ann Struckle. Barbara, along with sons Jay and Jeff, is a graduate of Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor students majoring in elementary teacher education with second preference in psychology. Full time undergraduates as well as graduate students are eligible for this award. Recipients must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Noel and Ruth Taylor and E.M. Barker Scholarship
The Noel and Ruth Taylor and E.M. Barker Scholarship was established in honor of the parents of Jim and Patty Barker for their dedication in the fields of education and mass communication. Patty's father, Noel Taylor, graduated from Northwestern in 1936 and earned a master's degree here in 1959. He served as manager of the Student Center for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1975. Her mother, Ruth Taylor, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in 1955 and 1965. Jim's father, E.M. Barker, wrote about the Ranger athletic teams for 30 years. In the late '50s, E.M. was awarded a lifetime pass to all Northwestern athletic events from President Percefull and the athletic department. Recipients in even years will be students majoring in Education; recipients in odd years will be majoring in Mass Communication. Applicants should have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Dewey and Irene Webster Family Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2004 by E. Joan Webster Kopper in memory of her parents. Dewey and Irene Webster made tremendous sacrifices for their children in their pursuit of higher education. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students majoring in Education who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating campus/community leadership.

 

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