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Political Science Scholarships

Don and Donna Benson Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2009 in honor of Don and Donna Benson by their family. The Benson family has been a strong supporter of Northwestern and hopes this scholarship can help as many Rangers as possible. Applicants should be majoring in business, accounting, law, or political science. Priority will be given to students from the following Oklahoma counties: Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Major, Woodward, Harper, or from Barber County, Kansas. Applicants should have at least a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Ronald Reagan College Republican Scholarship
Through the efforts of the 1993 Northwestern Oklahoma State University College Republican Chapter, funds were raised from private donations to establish the endowment. Northwestern’s chapter secured Reagan’s blessings and accepted an invitation to meet the former president and outline the details of the scholarship criteria. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor the ideals and characteristics of President Ronald Reagan. The scholarship recipient must possess qualities such as patriotism, loyalty, courage, moral character, and personal responsibility which will be exemplified while maintaining a conservative student voice on the campus of Northwestern. Applicants must have at minimum 3.0 GPA.

John D. Slack Scholarship
John D. Slack was born and raised in Carmen, OK. He enrolled at Northwestern in 1952, but paused his education a year later to join the Naval Cadet Program and then US Marine Corps in 1954. That same year, he married Fran Wadley of Alva. After active duty, John returned with his wife to Northwestern to earn his degree in Economics. This scholarship benefits political science majors with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Frank K. Wadley Scholarship
Born in 1895 on a farm south of Dallas, Frank Wadley devoted most of his life to education. He received his bachelor’s in business from the University of Texas and his master’s in history from Columbia University. He began teaching in 1924, came to Northwestern in 1935 and retired in that position in 1961. The scholarship was established in 1992 by his wife Garnet and their four children. The recipient of this scholarship must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a Political Science or History major.


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