ECU DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The ECU Department of Education Awards Program was held on March 29, 2016. These are the award winners:
 

Cara GaddyBRIGGS PRESENTED WITH JOHN AND RUTH BOONE SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Melanie Briggs (left), of Ada, was presented the Horace Mann Society Centennial Scholarship by Dr. Nanette Schmitt at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Alumni of the ECU Horace Mann Lab School contributed to this scholarship fund, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., as a fitting tribute to their early education and the ECU Teacher Preparation Program.



Joshua BenardWILCOX RECEIVES BRILES UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Cassidy Wilcox (right), of Noble, was presented the Briles Undergraduate Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship was originally established as part of the Federal Student Loan Program and was transferred to the ECU Foundation, Inc. in 1995.



Kelsey MartinRICHMOND PRESENTED WITH BRILES GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Shawndolyn Richmond (right), of Holdenville, was presented the Briles Graduate Scholarship by Debbie Claxton at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship was originally established as part of the Federal Student Loan Program and was transferred to the ECU Foundation, Inc. in 1995.



Ryan WilliamsMORRIS RECEIVES AUDRE CHAPMAN SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kelsey Morris (right), of Pauls Valley, was presented the Audre Chapman Scholarship by Dr. Shelli Sharber at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship was established through the ECU Foundation, Inc. in 1986 through a donation from the Audre Chapman family for a student majoring in education.



Amanda RoundtreeAKERS PRESENTED WITH DON & ETHEL CLAWSON SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kenzie Akers (right), of Stratford and Pauls Valley High School, was presented the Don and Ethel Clawson Scholarship by Sharon Cunningham at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship was established through the ECU Foundation, Inc. to assist ECU students who plan to go into the teaching profession. It is awarded to an upperclassmen who has been admitted to the teacher education program and who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.



Amanda RoundtreeMcAFEE RECEIVES DCT GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

.East Central University student Sierra McAfee (right), of McAlester and Calvin High School, was presented the DCT Graduate Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., was set up by an anonymous donor for the College of Education and Psychology, to be awarded to a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and enrolled in three hours or more.



Amanda RoundtreeVAUGHT PRESENTED WITH JAMES & MILDRED DENNIS SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kayla Vaught (right), of Meeker, was presented the James and Mildred Dennis Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. It is stipulated that the scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., be designated for a pre-service teacher during their student teaching semester.



Amanda RoundtreeMOBLEY RECEIVES DR. JOHN DENSFORD AWARD

East Central University student Brittanie Mobley (right), of Washington, Oklahoma, was presented the Dr. John Densford Award for Academic  Excellence by Dr. Jessica Koch at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The award, established through the ECU Fiundation, Inc., is named in honor of Dr. John Densford, who taught at ECU from 1959-1983. It is awarded to a student who has completed 45 credit hours, has been admitted to the teacher education program and has maintained a cumulative 2.75 GPA or a 3.0 GPA in the last 30 hours.



Amanda RoundtreeVAUGHT PRESENTED WITH EVANS CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Megan Brigden (right), of Holdenville, was presented the Dr. Ronald D. and Estelle L Evans Centennial Education Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Ronald and Estelle Evans established the scholarship, through the ECU Foundation, Inc., as well as the Centennial Athletic Scholarship, in order to assist ECU students while attending school.



Amanda RoundtreeREEVES RECEIVES EVANS CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Stephanie Reeves (right), of McAlester and Savanna High School, was presented the Dr. Ronald D. and Estelle L Evans Centennial Education Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Ronald and Estelle Evans established the scholarship, through the ECU Foundation, Inc., as well as the Centennial Athletic Scholarship, in order to assist ECU students while attending school.



Amanda RoundtreeMORRIS PRESENTED WITH DORTHA LUTTRELL FENTON EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kelsey Morris (right), of Pauls Valley, was presented the Dortha Luttrell Fenton Early Childhood Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Fenton served many years as the principal of the Glenwood Early Childhood Center in Ada. Her son, Brad, and other family members developed the scholarship, through the ECU Foundation, Inc., in order to honor Fenton and her love for early childhood teaching.



Amanda RoundtreeGRANTZ RECEIVES BILLIE FATHREE FLOYD SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kourtney Grantz (center), of Bakersfield, Calif., was presented the Billie Fathree Floyd Physical Education Scholarship by Jason Prather (left) and Billie Fathree Floyd at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is specifically for kinesiology teacher certification majors. Floyd was an instructor at ECU and at the ECU Lab School, Horace Mann. She served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 1984-84. The scholarship was established in her honor by family, friends and colleagues.



Amanda RoundtreeVAUGHT PRESENTED WITH INA GREEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kayla Vaught (right), of Meeker, was presented the Ina Green Memorial Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., was created by Dr. Jack Green in memory of his grandmother who instilled a love and legacy of learning for her family.



Amanda RoundtreeMASSUERE RECEIVES DR. TIM GREEN CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student David Massuere (right), of Fontana, Calif., was presented the Dr. Tim Green Centennial Education Scholarship by Dr. Mark Jones at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is named in honor of Dr. Tim Green, who taught in ECU’s Education Department, teaching reading courses, and later served as ECU’s athletic director. The scholarship is set up to honor outstanding teaching in kinesiology, reading and elementary education.



Amanda RoundtreeGRANTZ PRESENTED WITH DR. TIM GREEN SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kourtney Grantz (right), of Bakersfield, Calif., was presented the Dr. Tim Green Centennial Education Scholarship by Dr. Mark Jones at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is named in honor of Dr. Tim Green, who taught in ECU’s Education Department, teaching reading courses, and later served as ECU’s athletic director. The scholarship is set up to honor outstanding teaching in kinesiology, reading and elementary education.



Amanda RoundtreeHOGAN RECEIVES HIGGINBOTHAM FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Megan Hogan (right), of Mustang, Oklahoma, was presented the Higginbotham Family Education Scholarship by Dr. Mark Jones at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship is awarded for a senior or graduate who displays leadership qualities and has at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Dorothy Higginbotham was an ECU alumna who understood and recognized the value of higher education and established this scholarship through the ECU Foundation, Inc. as part of her estate planning.



Amanda RoundtreeMOBLEY PRESENTED WITH JOHN LAWRENCE SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Brittanie Mobley (right), of Washington, Oklahoma, was presented the John Lawrence Hoggatt Memorial Scholarship by Dr. Mark Jones at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The recipient of this scholarship must major in special education and have high moral standards, integrity and concern for others. John was a senior at Byng High School when he died in a tragic automobile accident. This scholarship was established through the ECU Foundation Inc., by family and friends.



Amanda RoundtreeBLOUNT RECEIVES LEONE & PAULINE LANOY SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Tyler Blount (left), of Lawton, was presented the Leone and Pauline Lanoy Centennial Graduate Education Endowment Scholarship by Pauline Lanoy at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is awarded to an education student working on his/her master’s degree. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Leon and Pauline were inducted into the ECU Educators’ Hall of Fame in 2009 and were recognized as ECU’s Distinguished Philanthropists in 2008. They established the scholarship to assist master’s degree students because of their strong belief in the value of higher education and the teaching profession.



Amanda RoundtreePOTTER RECEIVES LAWSON SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Jessica Potter (left), of Cyril, Oklahoma, was presented the Cephus Lawson Teacher Scholarship by June Caruthers at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in education with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. This fund was set up by the Lawson family in gratitude for the opportunity that ECU afforded their children to achieve their college educations. They have five children, all of whom graduated from ECU.



 

Amanda RoundtreeHOLLMAN RECEIVES CEPHUS LAWSON SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Carole Hollman (left), of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, was presented the Cephus Lawson Teacher Scholarship by June Caruthers at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in education with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. This fund was set up by the Lawson family in gratitude for the opportunity that ECU afforded their children to achieve their college educations. They have five children, all of whom graduated from ECU.



 

Amanda RoundtreeDOYLE RECEIVES GEORGIA HOWELL LIMES SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Felicia Doyle (right), of Ada, was presented the Georgia Howell Limes Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is to assist capable young people who have committed themselves to the profession of teaching. Ms. Limes attended ECU in 1924 and carried the book she was reading everywhere she went.



 

 

Amanda RoundtreeHOGAN PRESENTED WITH GEORGIA HOWELL LIMES SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Megan Hogan (right), of Macomb, was presented the Georgia Howell Limes Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is to assist capable young people who have committed themselves to the profession of teaching. Ms. Limes attended ECU in 1924 and carried the book she was reading everywhere she went.



Amanda RoundtreeMALM RECEIVES GEORGIA HOWELL LIMES SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Jack Malm (right), of Ada, was presented the Georgia Howell Limes Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is to assist capable young people who have committed themselves to the profession of teaching. Ms. Limes attended ECU in 1924 and carried the book she was reading everywhere she went.



Amanda RoundtreeNEUMANN PRESENTED WITH GEORGIA HOWELL LIMES SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Leah Neumann (right), of Ada, was presented the Georgia Howell Limes Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is to assist capable young people who have committed themselves to the profession of teaching. Ms. Limes attended ECU in 1924 and carried the book she was reading everywhere she went.



Amanda RoundtreeMAYO RECEIVES GEORGIA HOWELL LIMES SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Jamie Mayo (right), of Sulphur, was presented the Georgia Howell Limes Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is to assist capable young people who have committed themselves to the profession of teaching. Ms. Limes attended ECU in 1924 and carried the book she was reading everywhere she went.



Amanda RoundtreeWATSON PRESENTED WITH GEORGIA HOWELL LIMES SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Angel Watson (right), of Shawnee, was presented the Georgia Howell Limes Scholarship by Dr. Phyllis Isaacs at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is to assist capable young people who have committed themselves to the profession of teaching. Ms. Limes attended ECU in 1924 and carried the book she was reading everywhere she went.



Amanda RoundtreeAKERS RECEIVES HORACE MANN SOCIETY CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kenzie Akers (left), a Stratford resident and Pauls Valley High School graduate, was presented the Horace Mann Society Centennial Scholarship by Dr. Nanette Schmitt at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Alumni of the ECU Horace Mann Lab School contributed to this scholarship fund, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., as a fitting tribute to their early education and the ECU Teacher Preparation Program.



Amanda RoundtreeBRIGGS PRESENTED WITH HORACE MANN SOCIETY CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Melanie Briggs (left), of Ada, was presented the Horace Mann Society Centennial Scholarship by Dr. Nanette Schmitt at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Alumni of the ECU Horace Mann Lab School contributed to this scholarship fund, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., as a fitting tribute to their early education and the ECU Teacher Preparation Program.



Amanda RoundtreeMATTHEWS RECEIVES HORACE MANN SOCIETY CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Jamie Matthews (left), of Ada, was presented the Horace Mann Society Centennial Scholarship by Dr. Nanette Schmitt at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Alumni of the ECU Horace Mann Lab School contributed to this scholarship fund, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., as a fitting tribute to their early education and the ECU Teacher Preparation Program.



Amanda RoundtreeDAFFERN RECEIVES DANIEL MINNICH MEMORIAL STUDENT TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Michelle Daffern (left), of Mustang, Oklahoma, was presented the Daniel Minnich Memorial Student Teaching Scholarship by Dr. Nanette Schmitt at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship is awarded to an education student during his/her semester of student teaching. Minnich was an ECU student who died during his student teaching semester. The scholarship, set up through the ECU Foundation, Inc., was established by his family and friends in his memory. Yearly funding is provided by a golf tournament in Minnich’s name.



Amanda RoundtreeANGELL PRESENTED WITH JESS & TRUDY NANCE SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Emily Angell (left), of Osage Beach, Mo., was presented the Jess and Trudy Nance Scholarship by Dr. Bill Caruthers at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship was established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., and was endowed by Jess and Trudy Nance’s sons, Haskell and Bobby, in their memory. Jess and Trudy received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ECU and taught in rural schools of eastern Oklahoma for a combined 82 years.



Amanda RoundtreeMATTHEWS RECEIVES DR. DONNIE & SHIRLEY NERO STUDENT TEACHING AWARD

East Central University student Jamie Matthews (left), of Ada was presented the Dr. Donnie and Shirley Nero Student Teaching Award by Dr. Jack Paschall at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Donnie and Shirley Nero were two of the first African-American students to attend ECU in the early 1960s. They specified that this scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., be presented to a deserving student teacher with preference for students representing a racial minority population. The Neros have influenced Oklahoma higher education and they provide yearly funding to assist a student who will be teaching in the near future.



Amanda RoundtreeRICMOND PRESENTED WITH DR. JACK PASCHALL CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Shawndolyn Richmond (left), of Holdenville, was presented the Dr. Jack Paschall Centennial Scholarship, by Dr. Jack Paschall at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. Paschall has been a well-loved professor at ECU since 1970. He was a Linscheid Professor and was inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame in 2009. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation Inc., is given to a graduate student who exemplifies excellence in passion and commitment to the profession.



Amanda RoundtreeDAFFERN RECEIVES BILLIE JO REESE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Michelle Daffern (right), of Mustang, Oklahoma, was presented the Billie Jo Reese Scholarship by Debbie Claxton at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., honors Reese’s memory and love for the teaching profession. Reese taught at the Ada Middle School for 17 years and among her many loves was the “Olympics of the Mind.”



Amanda RoundtreeWATSON  PRESENTED WITH MILDRED RIDLING SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Angel Watson (right), of Shawnee, was presented the Mildred Ridling Scholarship by Dr. Jessica Koch at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is awarded to a fulltime education major who has completed at least 45 hours of study and has maintained an overall grade-point average of at least 2.7. Ridling was a longtime employee of ECU, serving as dean of Women. The scholarship is established in her honor and memory.



Amanda RoundtreeMcAFEE RECEIVES DIANA SHANNON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Sierra McAfee (right), of McAlester and Calvin High School, was presented the Diana Shannon Memorial Scholarship by Dr. Shelli Sharber at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is awarded for a graduate student, currently teaching in a rural public school, with preference for students who have graduated or are from Murray and Garvin Counties in Oklahoma and working toward a degree in library media or reading. Shannon was a longtime educator and the scholarship was established by her family, friends and colleagues in her memory.



Amanda RoundtreeMAYFIELD PRESENTED WITH J.W. & CLARA ZIMMERMAN SCHOLARSHIP

East Central University student Kristina Mayfield (left), of Pauls Valley, was presented the J.W. and Clara Zimmerman Scholarship by Sharon Cunningham at ECU’s Spring 2016 Department of Education Awards Luncheon. The scholarship, established through the ECU Foundation, Inc., is given to an education major that has shown leadership qualities and has expressed a desire to continue graduate studies. J.W. Zimmerman was principal of Horace Mann Lab School. He was the first person to obtain a master’s degree at ECU and his family has had a very visibly influence on higher education in Oklahoma.



 

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