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English Scholarships

Gladys Bingham-Dotter Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1997 in honor of their mother by Dr. and Mrs. Dale Dotter of Okeene and Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dotter of Oklahoma City. Mrs. Dotter obtained her teaching certificate in 1917 from Northwestern State Normal School and taught in rural grade schools at the age of 16. After her marriage in 1920, she resumed teaching in Oklahoma where she taught English and drama. In 1935 the Dotters came to Alva and purchased Noah’s Ark No. 3, and in 1939 the family opened Dotter’s Restaurant. Mrs. Dotter later returned to teaching and in 1967 operated the new Alva Public Library. This scholarship honors an upperclassman majoring in English who have at least a 3.0 GPA.

The Kathleen and Gary Earnest English Stipend for Student and Alumni Outreach
Dr. Kathleen Earnest serves Northwestern and its English department through her role as a professor and advisor. Because of this, she and her husband provided a new opportunity for the department through a student internship. The internship is available to English majors and minors who desire to improve their writing and communication skills. Through the internship, Kathleen and Gary look forward to stronger connections between the department and the community. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Judy Jenlink Language Arts Scholarship
The Judy Jenlink Language Arts Scholarship was established in 2013 in honor of Judith (Williams) Jenlink, a 1971 alumna of Northwestern. She was a dedicated and accomplished student, earning numerous awards. She taught English in various school systems and had a passion for both the subject and her students. The scholarship benefits upperclassmen English Education majors at Northwestern who have at least a 3.25 GPA. Applicants should be involved in at least one campus organization and be from the northwestern area of Oklahoma.

Lebeda Writing Scholarship
Dr. Agnes Lebeda, a 1935 Northwestern graduate, established this scholarship in 1984 after her retirement as a Professor in Business at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Lebeda served with distinction as a trustee on the executive committee of the Northwestern Foundation. The recipient of this scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA and be an English major.

Fran Wadley Slack Scholarship
Mary Frances “Fran” Wadley Slack was born in 1934 to Frank K. and Garnet Wadley. Fran was born in Evanston, Illinois and moved to Alva, Oklahoma in 1935 when Dr. Wadley received his Ph.D. and subsequently became a member of the then Northwestern Oklahoma State College faculty. She died in May, 1996, after a 33-month battle with cancer. Fran was raised in Alva; she graduated from Alva High School in 1951 and then she attended Northwestern for two years. She later completed her education from Oklahoma A&M with a major in vocational home economics and a minor in English. In December, 1954, she married John D. Slack, a 1958 Northwestern graduate. In 1961, the family moved to Arlington, Texas where Fran devoted her life to raising her family, church work, and other organizations including being the founder of the Arlington Literacy Group. The scholarship is awarded to full-time NWOSU junior or senior English majors or minors with a GPA of 3.0.

Gloria Piersall Scholarship
Gloria Piersall was a lifelong educator, dedicated to her students and their success. She served as an educator for 40 years, a decade of which was spent as an instructor of English at Northwestern. With her positive attitude and passion for education, she was an inspiration to her students. With funds left by Gloria in her estate, The Gloria Piersall English Scholarship benefits English majors at Northwestern who have at least a 2.5 GPA. 

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