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Baxter Family Scholarship 
George T. and Frankie Rogers Baxter graduated from Northwestern in 1925 and 1915 respectively. Both believed in the power of education, both formal and at home. While Frankie graduated with a degree in education, she took art classes at Northwestern and enjoyed the self-expression painting afforded. George graduated with a degree in chemistry; his love of the subject led to teaching his children, Hurshel and Pauline, who would also go on to major in chemistry. In even years, the Hurshel F. and George T. Baxter Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time Northwestern student majoring in Science or Math; while in odd years, the Frankie Rogers Baxter Scholarship will be awarded to a Fine Arts student.

Beeler-Stites Family Scholarship
Northwestern and the Bill and Linda Beeler family share a long history starting with Bill’s grandfather, William “Bill” Stites, in the Sub-Freshman Class of 1915, to Dalton Beeler in the Class of 2014. The Beelers have been large part of the Alva community, owning businesses in the area for decades. This scholarship was established to continue the Beeler family’s support of the community and Northwestern students who are Science or Nursing majors.

Dr. David Bohlen Health Science Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2000 by Dr. Mark Steffen (’85) in honor of Dr. Bohlen’s retirement from Northwestern. All students majoring in any Health Science field, with at least a 3.5 GPA, will be eligible to apply. Dr. Bohlen began his teaching career at Upper Iowa University and retired in the spring of 2000 from Northwestern after twenty-seven years of service to the University. At the time of his retirement Dr. Bohlen was Dean of the School of Math, Science and Computer Science as well as a member of the Chemistry Faculty. In his years at Northwestern, he advised most of the Pre-Med students and was instrumental in assisting Northwestern graduates in obtaining admission into various levels of graduate and medical school. Applicants from Oklahoma or Kansas will be given preference.

Dr. J. Louis Bouchard Memorial Scholarship
Dr. J. Louis Bouchard, professor of biology, died January 23, 1983. He had retired in 1980 after 28 years on the university faculty. Colleagues in the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics, former students, and friends established the scholarship fund to honor his memory. The award is made to a student in natural science, mathematics or computer science, based on academic merit, leadership, dedication, and future goals. Applicant must have a 3.25 GPA.

Dr. Kenneth H. Brown Chemistry Scholarship (Chemistry)
This endowment was established in 2005 by friends and former students of Dr. Brown. Originally from up-state New York, Dr. Brown came to Northwestern in 1973 after teaching seven years at Transylvania University in Kentucky. He retired in 2005 after 31 years of teaching and advising many students at Northwestern. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students in the area of Chemistry. Applicants should be continuing students with at least a 3.0 GPA.

The James R. Claflin Family Medical Sciences Scholarship (Pre-med)
A native of Wakita, Oklahoma, James Claflin graduated from Northwestern in 1967. His medical training was completed at the University of Oklahoma with pediatric post-graduate training at the University of Texas. After graduation, Dr. Claflin served in the US Air Force and was stationed in England where he was Chief of Pediatrics as well as Chief of Hospital Services. He was in private practice in Texas before returning to Oklahoma City where he is a member of the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic. In 1997, Dr. Claflin was awarded Northwestern’s Alumni Association Outstanding Business/Professional Graduate award. This scholarship is awarded to a student in a pre-med field. They must maintain a 3.5 GPA and possess leadership skills.

Pearl English Crain Scholarship (Pre-med)
The Pearl English Crain Scholarship was established in 1996 by Mrs. Crain. A life-long resident of Woods County, Mrs. Crain retired to Alva after a career in farming and ranching. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students from the northwest Oklahoma area who have an interest in the medical profession. It is awarded to a continuing Northwestern student majoring in a preparatory field for an advanced degree in medicine. Second preference will be given to any health related field. The recipient must have a GPA of 3.5. Preference will be given to a candidate who graduated from the following counties: Woods, Woodward, Harper or Alfalfa.

Kenneth and Sue Fellers Family Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2010 by Kenneth (’63) and Sue (Hildreth) Fellers (’64). The scholarship unites the couple's passions to provide financial assistance to a student from northwest Oklahoma pursuing a degree in math, physical science, or biological science. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Dr. Anna B. Fisher Scholarship (Biology)
Chairman of the Biology Department when she retired, Dr. Anna B. Fisher had been a member of the faculty for 41 years. She continued to serve the university as executive secretary of the Northwestern Foundation until her death on May 11, 1984. The Fisher Scholarship was established prior to her death and is to honor a student majoring in biology. Applicants must have completed 60 semester hours of work and a 3.5 grade point average.

Myra D. Foster Memorial Scholarship (Biology)
This scholarship was established in 1999 in memory of Myra D. Foster by her family. Myra graduated from Northwestern in 1991 with a B.S. in biology. She entered the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University in the fall of 1991. Her love of God’s creatures compelled her to pursue her doctorate while dealing with personal illness. She completed her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 1991. Myra passed away in 1998 due to complications related to diabetes. This scholarship honors a continuing student majoring in a pre-vet or science area with a 3.0 GPA or above.

The Claude LaChance Scholarship (Chemistry)
This scholarship was established in 1998 by Jerome A. Reichenberger, M.D., a 1959 Northwestern graduate. Mr. LaChance originated in Quebec City, Canada and later became a ski instructor for the U.S. Army. In his later years he worked for the Honeywell Corporation of Phoenix. Dr. Reichenberger honored the life of Claude LaChance through the establishment of this scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to the students of Northwestern majoring in the field of science with emphasis in chemistry.

Joe Melton Scholarship (Chemistry)
After his retirement as chairman of the Chemistry Department in 1973, Dr. Joe Melton, with his wife, made a substantial contribution to establish a scholarship for outstanding chemistry students. Dr. Melton was on the faculty for 27 years. After his death July 22, 1983, former students and other friends made additional contributions to the fund. Scholarship recipients should have completed 30 semester hours of course work and have at least a 3.5 GPA.

The Vernon McNally Scholarship (Pre-med)
Established in 2002 and then fully funded in 2004 by Mrs. Edna McNally, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in the field of pre-med at Northwestern. Vernon died in 2002 after a lifelong service to northwest Oklahoma. This scholarship is in addition to three other gifts of scholarship contributed to the Northwestern Foundation since 1993. Recipients must be an upperclassmen pre-med major with at least a 3.0 GPA.

L. A. Myers, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
A Northwestern alumnus, Dr. L. A. Myers first worked in education, then earned a doctorate in medicine and became a practicing physician in Shattuck. After his death in 1981, his family established the perpetual scholarship in his memory. The award is for a student who is majoring in a health-related field and who has completed 60 semester hours of college work with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.5. Leadership, achievement and extracurricular activities also are considered.

Larry Nash Memorial Scholarship 
Larry Nash was a native of northwest Oklahoma, graduating from Ringwood High School in 1960. He graduated from Northwestern with his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry in 1964. After graduation, he enjoyed a highly successful career with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company as a chemist, researcher, and engineer. Shortly before retirement, he received the CPC E3 Lifetime Achievement Award. Following a brief battle with cancer, Larry passed in 2004. This scholarship benefits chemistry, physics, sciences or mathematics majors at Northwestern who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Dr. Paul F. Nighswonger Biology Scholarship (Biology)
Dr. Paul F. Nighswonger graduated from Northwestern in 1949, after which he pursued a Ph.D. in plant ecology at the University of Oklahoma. Paul returned to Northwestern and taught botany, genetics, biology and ornithology until his retirement in 1994. Dr. Mark Steffan established this scholarship in 2012 in honor of Dr. Nighswonger. The scholarship benefits students majoring in biology or life sciences. Recipients must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be active in campus organizations.

OG&E Scholarship
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Energy Corp. (OG&E) has a long history of supporting the communities it serves in Oklahoma and western Arkansas through investments in both people and programs. The OG&E Scholarship will be a continuation of this tradition with a partnership with the Northwestern Foundation in sponsoring its first endowed scholarship for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship will highlight the fields of business, accounting, computer science, business information systems, e-commerce, math and science, the predominant fields that OG&E employs. Applicants must be upperclassmen with at least a 2.5 GPA and possess leadership characteristics.

David P. Parker Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1999 by Margaret Parker in honor of her late husband, David Parker, a 1930 Northwestern graduate and a native of Buffalo, Oklahoma. Mr. Parker and all four of his siblings were alumni of Northwestern and his wife attended Northwestern for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State University. Parker himself went on to earn a master’s degree from OSU and was employed by Mobil Oil Company for 42 years. Among his assignments were postings in England and Tokyo, Japan. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Math, Natural Sciences or Computer Science. Applicants must be continuing students with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Schuhmacher Family Scholarship (Biology)
Louis Schumacher and his brother came to Alva in the Oklahoma Territory in 1901. They opened a drug store in Alva that supplied necessities to community members. A year later, Louis assumed full ownership of the store. Louis and his wife, Julia, became active members of the Alva community, where they raised their three children: Louise, Franklin and Howard. Franklin took ownership of the drug store, followed by Howard, who operated it until his retirement. Franklin’s son, John Franklin Schumacher, founded the Schumacher Family Scholarship in honor of the family’s long history with Alva and the Northwestern community. This scholarship benefits biology or physical science majors at Northwestern who have at least a 3.0 GPA.

W. Frank and Lourine Smith Scholarship
Frank and Lourine instilled in their children an appreciation of education. They encouraged their children to value education by holding an understanding that knowledge is worth more than material possessions. Their daughter, Karen G. Johnson, honored her parents by funding the W. Frank & Lourine Smith Scholarship. This scholarship benefits biology and chemistry majors at Northwestern who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Dr. H. Leland Steffen Medical Scholarship
Dr. H. Leland Steffen graduated from Northwestern in 1950 and his wife, Carol, graduated in 1947. While their graduation dates are finite, their love and appreciation for Northwestern spanned a lifetime. The purpose of the Dr. H. Leland Steffen Medical Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University students seeking health-care related degrees, preferably pre-med or nursing. Scholarship recipient must have at least a 2.7 GPA.

Dr. I. F. Stephenson Scholarship (Pre-med)
In honor of “Dr. Steve,” a scholarship was set up in 1985 by his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Stephenson of Okeene. Dr. I. F. Stephenson practiced medicine in Alva for 48 years before his death September 7, 1980. He had served many families through three generations. W. E. Stephenson and a late sister, Geraldyne Watkins, were both graduated from Northwestern in 1935. The scholarship honoring Dr. Steve goes to a junior or senior working on a pre-med curriculum. Leadership, dedication and academic records also are considered. Recipients should have a 3.5 GPA.

Della Yerian and Madalyne Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2000 in honor of Madalyne Wilson, a 1950 graduate, and her mother, Della Yerian, who attended Northwestern in the late 1890s before the construction of the Castle on the Hill. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a math or science student within the service area of Northwestern. Scholarship recipients must have at least a 3.0 GPA.


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