CONTACT THE DEPT OF PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS IN HUMAN SERVICES FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS.
All scholarships require full-time attendance (12 hours for undergraduate; 6 hours for graduate) unless indicated otherwise.
All scholarships require a 3.0 cumulative GPA unless indicated otherwise.
All scholarships are for fall and/or spring semester only (summer not included) unless indicated otherwise.
All Criminal Justice/Rehabilitation scholarship recipients are recommended by the department, with final approval by the ECU Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Any exceptions must be approved by the department chair and the Foundation Scholarship Committee.
JON ARRASMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in Criminal Justice or related field. Preference will be given to a current member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. This scholarship was established by Gil and Jeanine Morgan, longtime supporters of ECU, and friends and family members of Jon Arrasmith.
This scholarship will be awarded based on need and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Originally established as part of the Federal Student Loan Program, this scholarship was transferred to the ECU Foundation in 1995.
RAY FARMER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (summer only)
This scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in the COPS program who has maintained a minimum 2.8 GPA and who also possesses the potential for success as a CLEET officer. Mr. Farmer was the chief of police at ECU and this scholarship was established by his family, friends, and colleagues in his memory.
PETE GRAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (summer only)
This scholarship will be awarded to a student selected by the department with a concentration in Law Enforcement. Mr. Gray was chief of police in Ada and this scholarship was established by his family, friends, and colleagues in his memory.
HIGGINBOTHAM FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior student who has maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA, who has been accepted into his/her chosen program, and who has submitted a narrative stating his/her qualifications and commitment to the helping profession. The narrative must include two letters of recommendation and is available to all students at outreach sites in addition to those on the ECU campus. Dorothy Higginbotham was an ECU alumna who understood and recognized the value of higher education and established this scholarship as part of her estate planning.
JEFF SEWELL MEMORIAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a student with a declared major in Criminal Justice that has and maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. Jeffery "Jeff" Sewell, was a resident of Atoka, OK and a 1988 graduate of East Central University. Jeff graduated from OHP Academy in July 1988 and began his 32- year career, reaching the rank of Captain. In his first year of duty as an OHP Trooper, he was wounded in the line of duty and then provided lifesaving first aid to his assailant. As a result of his heroism and dedication to duty, he was named the 1988 Oklahoma Trooper of the Year. Jeff was a dedicated member of his community, husband, father, grandfather, church Deacon, high school referee, and athlete. He passed away in 2020 due to COVID related complications. Family and friends have established this scholarship to honor his memory and recognize his contributions to public safety and the state of Oklahoma.
TOM AND MADELINE SORRELLS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will serve students who have met the department requirements to enroll in a required departmental internship, student teaching, or clinical in the last semester at the end of their undergraduate degree program. The internship, student teaching, or clinical requirement must be a full-time semester enrollment. An individual may receive this award for one semester only. The award is intended to help students who cannot otherwise work during that semester. The maximum award for any single student may not exceed $1,000, but a lesser amount may be awarded based on need. This scholarship was established in the last will and testament of Pansy Cradduck Bates. Eligible students are those completing undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice, Human Services Counseling (Aging Services, Human Services Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Services to the Deaf), and Social Work. The Chair of the Department of Professional Programs in Human Services and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences shall be the recommending committee.
VIRGIL TAYLOR REHABILITATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a senior majoring in Human Service Counseling with a concentration in Rehabilitation or Services to the Deaf. The student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and must submit an essay describing his/her desire and willingness to work in the field of rehabilitation and with individuals with disabilities. Mr. Taylor was an ECU alumnus who excelled in the area of Vocational Rehabilitation. This scholarship was established in his memory by family, friends, and colleagues, and is supported on a yearly basis by the Virgil Taylor Golf Tournament.
NATASHIA WRIGHT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (summer only)
This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the department. Ms. Wright completed Oklahoma’s first Police Corps Academy at ECU in 2001, joined the Ada Police Department in October 2001, and was killed in a car accident in November 2002. This scholarship was established after her death by her family, friends, and colleagues.