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General Scholarships

Alva Concrete Company Scholarship (OK resident)
This scholarship was created in 1999 to assist a freshman or continuing student majoring in any field of study at Northwestern. Preference will be given to students demonstrating leadership characteristics. Evans & Associates, parent company of Alva Concrete, maintains a firm belief that businesses should be a strong part of the community in which they conduct operations. Under the leadership of plant manager, Raymond Jacobson, Alva Concrete wanted to give something back to the community that has been so good to the company. This scholarship was chosen to be the mechanism for the company to annually contribute to the community and to the students of Northwestern. Recipient must be an Oklahoma resident and have a 2.5 GPA.

Alva Odd Fellow Lodge #43 and Rebekah Lodge #44 Scholarship (NW OK resident)
Members of the Alva Odd Fellow Lodge #43 and the Alva Rebekah Lodge #44 established this scholarship in 2009 to invest in the students of the community and keep as many at Northwestern Oklahoma State University as possible. Its purpose is to offer monetary relief to any student seeking to further their education at Northwestern. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and be a resident of northwest Oklahoma.

E.L. (Bud) & Sophia Barton Scholarship (non-traditional student)
Bud and Sophia Barton were born and raised in a time and place where education was not as valued as it is in our current society. Both had to leave school at an early age to work due to economic situations. Because Sophia was deprived of the educational opportunities she so deeply desired, she did everything in her power to encourage formal education in others. This scholarship is provided to assist a non-traditional student with following his or her dreams.

W.C. Diacon Scholarship
A long-time community leader, businessman, farmer and rancher, W.C. Diacon was also a strong supporter of Northwestern programs and activities, particularly the scholarship program. Upon his death, family members and friends established the W.C. Diacon Scholarship in 1980 to honor his memory. The award is unrestricted as to the classification, major, need or residence of the recipient.

The Dr. Joe Dollins Scholarship
The Dr. Joe Dollins Scholarship was established in 1999 by Mrs. Jo Anne Gilbert, daughter of the late Dr. Joe Dollins. Dr. Dollins served with distinction as a faculty member at Northwestern from 1946-48 and then again from September 1957 until his untimely death in 1970. This endowment was funded to honor Dr. Dollins who dedicated his life to education. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to the students of Northwestern who demonstrate strong effort toward scholarship and moral values. Continuing students from any major area of study are eligible for this award.

Floy Elliott Cobb
A financial gift from Floy Elliott Cobb of Tulsa in December 1983, provided funds for the Foundation to establish the Extraordinarily Talented Scholarship program for freshman. Mrs. Cobb, a 1910 alumnus of Northwestern, was a teacher and educational leader in the state, having served in 1955-56 as president of the Oklahoma Education Association. Her contribution to the scholarship program was intended to support the University’s effort to attract highly qualified high school graduates as freshmen. Recipients of the E.T. awards are those with ACT scores of 26 or higher and with high school grade averages of at least 3.0. Leadership in high school activities also is considered. The E.T. awards carry one of the highest dollar values of any given by the University. In addition to the gift provided by Mrs. Cobb, the E.T. awards are supported by the University’s general scholarship program.

Hazel Fugit-Tempus Fugit Glass Scholarship
Hazel Fugit was Lyle’s sister who died when she was just 28 and Tempus Fugit Glass, a 1984 Northwestern graduate, is his granddaughter. Lyle died in 2001 at the age of 81 and was an Alva resident his entire life except for a couple of years when he farmed near Dacoma. A member of the Alva First Christian Church, Fugit served as a deacon, elder, and Sunday School superintendent. Scholarship is available to all majors; only requirement is being a full-time student with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Dick and Thamazin Harrison Scholarship
Dick and Thamazin Harrison established in 2008 by their daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Brock Schnebel, the purpose of this scholarship is to offer relief in any way possible to anyone who seeks the benefits of higher education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, regardless of major or hometown. The Harrisons have been strong supporters of the Alva community and NWOSU academics and sports. They epitomize the northwest Oklahoma ideals of hard work and life-long learning that have built Northwestern and its community into a driving force. Recipients should be full time students with a 3.0 GPA and be involved in campus organizations. The scholarship is open to all majors.

C.L. ‘Dick’ and Hazel Highfill Scholarship
Family and friends established this scholarship in 1996 in honor of C.L. “Dick” Highfill, a former three-sport coach at Northwestern. Highfill coached the 1948-49 Ranger basketball team to a conference championship and Northwestern’s first berth in the NAIA tournament. In 1993 he became a member of the first class to be inducted into the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame. Highfill’s wife, Hazel, and sons, Jim and Joe, are all Northwestern graduates. Awarded to a NWOSU student with at least a 2.5 GPA, first preference will be given to applicants residing in Northwest Oklahoma. Second preference will be given to applicants residing in South Central Kansas. Preference will also be given to those applicants with a stated interest in teaching or coaching with the expression of a desire to make a difference with young men and women whose lives they touch.

Aurice Huguley Scholarship
The Aurice Huguley scholarship was established in 1983 to honor her forty-three years of service to the University. A 1940 Northwestern graduate, Ms. Huguley now resides in Norman where she is actively involved. The recipient of this scholarship must be a non-traditional student entering college for the first time. Those with college credit will also be considered as a second preference. The candidate may major in any field of study.

Barbara Wolf Johnson Scholarship
Established in 2000 by her husband of over fifty years, this scholarship will assist students of any major of study who meets the GPA minimum sets by the financial aid office. Mrs. Johnson enrolled at Northwestern in 1940 and was a student here until she left in 1942 to go to work in a war related industry. During her time at Northwestern she met Clyde Johnson, a 1942 graduate, and they were married in 1943. She worked in various secretarial positions until their first child was born, at which time she terminated her employment to dedicate her time to raising their family. Mr. Johnson has been an active member of the Northwestern Foundation Board of Trustees.

Eddith L. Jones Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2000 from the estate of Eddith L Jones. Mrs. Jones attended the McKeever Rural Grade School and graduated from Horace Mann High School with the class of 1933. She then attended Northwestern State College and received her bachelor's in 1936. She and her husband Phil farmed and ranched in the Alva area. This endowment is restricted for academic scholarships.

Lester W. and Mary E. Maddox Scholarship
Lifelong residents of northwest Oklahoma, Lester and Mary Maddox both attended Northwestern Normal School. Lester farmed and taught in Woods County in the 1920s before moving to Aline in 1931 where he continued farming and later retired from teaching. Mary was born in Pennsylvania and moved to western Kansas as a teen. She devoted her life to her family while maintaining a very active involvement with Home Extension and becoming an accomplished artist. Lester and Mary were active in church work serving as Sunday School teachers and in other capacities. Mr. and Mrs. Maddox had four children: Elva, Myron, Marjorie and Winona. Each of the Maddox children attended Northwestern. This scholarship was established by Winona and her husband A.M. Schnitzer in honor and recognition of her parents and is awarded to an NWOSU student with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Recipients must be United States citizens to be eligible for this scholarship. Any major is eligible to apply.

Earl W. Middleton Scholarship
This scholarship was established in accordance with the terms of the will of Earl W. Middleton. Proceeds from his trust are awarded annually to eligible Northwestern students. The Middleton trust was transferred from Alva State Bank to the Northwestern Foundation in December 2011.

Millennium Club Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2006 by the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, Inc. The goal of the Millennium Club is to provide funds required to retain students that make a choice to attend any of Northwestern's campuses. Open to any major, who has a 2.5 GPA. First consideration will be given to a continuing student.

L. A. Myers, M. D. Scholarship
L. A. Myers, M. D. received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern in 1956 and his master’s degree in 1961. Following further students at Northwestern, he entered the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1963. He was a practicing physician at the Newman Medical Center in Shattuck, Oklahoma at the time of his death in 1981. In honor of Dr. L. A. Myers, his family established his scholarship to award an upperclassmen student majoring in a health-related field who has at least a CGPA of 3.5. Consideration will be given to leadership achievements and extra-curricular activities in addition to academic achievement.

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Myers, Jr. Scholarship
In honor of their service and commitment, this scholarship was established in October, 2000 by the Hopeton State Bank. W.D. and Lillie Myers are the parents of Mary Margaret Myers of Alva. Mrs. Myers for several years served as a Director of the Hopeton State Bank of Hopeton and the Central National Bank of Alva. W.D., Jr. graduated from Alva High School and then attended Northwestern State College. In 1939 Mr. Myers purchased a majority interest in Hopeton State Bank and served in various capacities throughout his banking career. After the death of his father in 1951, W.D., Jr. became President of the Central National Bank of Alva. Mrs. Myers passed away in 1979 followed by Mr. Myers in 1987. This scholarship is unique as it is available to full-time or part-time students majoring in any area of study. The recipient must have a 3.0 GPA or above.

Tom J. and Brenda McDaniel President's Leadership Class Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2000 with a gift from the Kerr-McGee Corporation to honor Tom and Brenda McDaniel at the time of his retirement from the company. Tom then became Northwestern’s seventeenth president and under his leadership the President’s Leadership Class was developed. This scholarship will be presented annually to the outstanding male and female freshman participants in the President’s Leadership Class and proceeds used for sophomore year expenses. Recipients must have a 3.0 GPA.

Jim and Denzil Pride Memorial Scholarship
Soon after his death in 1979, family members and friends of Jim Pride established a scholarship to honor his memory. Mr. Pride was an Alva businessman, having operated the OTASCO store for some 20 years before he retired in 1977. He was one of the original participants in the university scholarship program and subsequently maintained continuing support of it. The Pride Scholarship is available to either a continuing undergraduate or an entering freshman who has demonstrated qualifying capabilities.

Rowdy Ranger Student Athlete Scholarship
The Rowdy Rangers are a group of fans who give their all to their beloved Northwestern Oklahoma State University. They cook and provide other services to support varsity athletics at Northwestern. Most of them are Northwestern graduates who have made their homes in northwest Oklahoma. They had terrific university experiences and want current students to experience greatness during their own college careers. The Rowdy Ranger group includes doctors, businessmen, farmers and ranchers whose mission is to generate school spirit. This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to Northwestern varsity athletes of any major who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Thelma Elmore Ruch Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1996 by the family and many friends of Thelma Elmore Ruch. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a Northwestern Oklahoma State University junior or senior majoring in any field of study. A 1942 graduate of Northwestern, Thelma Elmore Ruch lived in the Alva area all of her life where she taught school, except for one year when she was principal at Anthony, Kansas. She retired as director of Woods County Health and Human Services. Because of her love for teaching and the desire to help young people obtain a higher education, this scholarship was established to serve as a living memorial to her and her dedication to the education profession. Awarded to an NWOSU junior or senior, majoring in any field of study, the recipient must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Students whose home residence is Oklahoma or Kansas will be given first preference.

Rule of Law Education Fund
The Rule of Law Education fund was established by order of the Honorable Gerald H. Riffe, former Associate District Judge for Beaver County. The cornerstone of our society is the “Rule of Law,” a legal-political regime that guarantees government accountability and protection of our rights as individuals through equal and fair access to a transparent judicial system. This fund, created on this principle, benefits Northwestern students in need of financial assistance. Recipients must have a resident of Oklahoma and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Alva Sonic Scholarship 
This endowment was established by Alva Sonic Drive-In owners Gary and Karen Adams. With a passion for Alva that far exceeds their business commitment to the community, the couple chose to support Northwestern through their future students. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist incoming high school graduates in achieving a higher education through Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to applicants who reside in Lamar, CO, Alva, OK, Warren, AR, Hobbs, NM, or Augusta, KS.

Chester and Elizabeth Anna Woodard Scholarship
This endowment was funded in 2001 from a will bequest of the Elizabeth Anna Woodard estate. The Woodard’s were long time farmers and ranchers in the Alva area. This scholarship will provide academic assistance to the students of Northwestern.

Northwestern Scholar Ambassador Scholarship
The most prestigious scholarship given to Northwestern students, this award is for full tuition and room. Established in 1991, this scholarship can be awarded for four years if renewal requirements are met and maintained. Those eligible for this scholarship are high school seniors, transfer students and continuing Northwestern students. These recipients must have at least 3.5 GPA, two written recommendations and a satisfactory rating in an interview. Scholar Ambassadors’ responsibilities include assigned duties at special events on campus and conducting campus tours.

#1 Associate Degree Transfer Scholarship
This transfer scholarship is funded through the Alva Economic Development Incentive Sales Tax Grant. This scholarship program provides for 32 hours tuition & 1/2 semester semi-private room. The recipient must have an associate degree GPA of 3.5 or better.

#2 Associate Degree Transfer Scholarship
This transfer scholarship is funded through the Alva Economic Development Incentive Sales Tax Grant. This scholarship program provides for $1,400 worth of tuition expenses. The recipient must have an associate degree GPA of 3.0-3.5.

Oklahoma Academic Scholar
Funding for this scholarship is by special allocation of state monies. The scholarships are awarded to academically promising students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and local involvement in their hometown communities. Applicants participate in an interview if selected as a finalist and supply the selection committee with at least three letters of reference. This scholarship can be awarded for up to eight semesters as long as renewal requirements are satisfied.


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