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Mass Communication Scholarships

Case Family Scholarship
James A. Case was a long-time supporter of education, and watched Northwestern’s education benefit his daughters, Valarie and Angelia Case. He was a proud supporter of Northwestern, and the Case family wanted to honor his appreciation of the school. The family, along with the support of friends and community members, created the Case Family Scholarship. With Valarie’s career in mass communication and Angelia’s passion for visual arts, the scholarship is intended for mass communication in odd-numbered years and visual arts students in even-numbered years. Applicants should be full-time students with at least a 3.5 overall GPA.

The Todd Wesley Dayton Memorial Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2001 in honor of Todd Wesley Dayton by his family and friends. Memorial contributions were also given in honor of Todd after the death of his grandfather, Leo Dayton. Todd graduated from Pond Creek-Hunter High School in 1991 and in 1996 graduated from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. As a result from injuries received in a two-vehicle crash, Todd died on June 3, 2000. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in the field of Mass Communication at Northwestern who has at least a 2.5 GPA.

Larry Hammer Mass Communication Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of Larry Hammer by his family and friends. Larry was an entrepreneur from Fairview, Oklahoma where he helped run the Fairview Republican with his father-in-law until he purchased it in 1958. Eight years later he purchased the Cherokee Messenger and the Cherokee Republican and also owned and operated the Woodward County Journal and the Jet Visitor. Larry would later partner with a good friend and form Hammer-Williams Company, which now consists of over 30 convenience stores across the state. Larry never graduated from college or high school but was bestowed honorary degrees from his former high school, Fairview, and a Master’s of Law from Northwestern for his “distinct public service” to the university and all of northwestern Oklahoma. This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an upperclassmen majoring in Mass Communication who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

The Wayne Lane Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1998 to honor over twenty-eight years of service to Northwestern by Wayne Lane. Former public relations director, Lane is credited with the development of Northwestern’s mass communications program. As service to the University and the Foundation, Lane authored the “Centennial History Book” in commemoration of the University’s 100th anniversary in 1997. This scholarship is awarded to mass communication students who demonstrate personal integrity, dedication to the journalism profession, and outstanding performance in the classroom. Applicants must be a Mass Communications major who have at least a 3.0 GPA and have continued participation in one of the campus media.

Dean Linder Broadcasting Scholarship
Judge Ray Dean Linder is an influential Alva community member and supporter of Ranger athletics. Recognized as the ‘Voice of the Rangers,’ he served as a radio play-by-play commentator for Ranger athletic events for 28 years. He made a significant impact on athletics, not only at Northwestern, but also throughout northwest Oklahoma. The Dean Linder Broadcast Scholarship benefits mass communications majors at Northwestern Oklahoma State University who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Phil Noah Scholarship
Phil Noah, recognized at one time with an Outstanding Alumnus Award, was a distinguished business leader who retired in 1972 as president and chairman of the board of American National Insurance Co. Following the death of Phil in 1983, the scholarship was established from members of his family and numerous other sources. Academic merit, leadership, dedication and plans for a career in public relations or mass communication are considerations for the award. Applicants should have at least a 3.5 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.


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