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Oklahoma State University announces scholar society members

Friday, May 1, 2020

The 2020-2021 Oklahoma State Scholars Society Fellows are Bella Baker, from left, Makinley Kennedy, William Miller, Meg Jackson and Sarah Short.

Oklahoma State University has named five new fellows of the Oklahoma State Scholars Society, the university’s prestigious scholar development program that offers major financial support and scholarly mentorship to Oklahoma’s top students.

“Members of this society are some of Oklahoma’s best and brightest students,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “They are Oklahoma’s next generation of leaders, innovators and visionaries. We are honored to extend this offer and have them join our university.”

As fellows, each student will receive up to $74,500 in scholarship support, including a study-abroad stipend. The scholarships equal the full cost of attendance for four years. 

The fellows and their planned majors are: 

  • Bella Baker, Del City’s Christian Heritage Academy, industrial engineering and management
  • Makinley Kennedy, Lawton’s MacArthur Senior High School, sports media and political science
  • William Miller, Norman North High School, mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Meg Jackson, Edmond North High School, political science and music (cello)
  • Sarah Short, Edmond Santa Fe High School, plant biology

Students met the following criteria for membership in the society:

  • Minimum 3.8 high school unweighted GPA
  • Minimum ACT score of 27 or equivalent
  • Admitted to OSU and The Honors College
  • Demonstrated maturity and potential through outstanding résumés and essay responses

The fellows were selected based on a review of their essays and résumés, a phone interview and an in-person interview with a faculty committee. President Hargis and First Cowgirl Ann Hargis hosted a lunch for the finalists.

Students selected for this award embody the legacy of OSU’s land-grant history, according to Ben Hagan, assistant director of undergraduate admissions. The committee selects students who have an outward focus and are deeply aware of the world around them.

The other finalists will be recognized as Oklahoma State Scholars Society members and receive up to $20,000 in academic support over four years. Those students with their intended majors:

  • Ava Olmedo, Tulsa’s Bishop Kelley High School, finance and political science
  • Magdaline “Maggi” Dansby, Latta High School, biology/pre-med
  • Jesse Wallace, Stillwater High School, physics
  • Mary Green, Edmond Memorial High School, nutritional sciences
  • Omar Abouzahr, Stillwater High School, aerospace and mechanical engineering
  • Kyle Oler, Tulsa’s Metro Christian Academy, mechanical engineering
  • Faith Ferrell, Edmond North High School, hospitality and tourism management
  • Sydney Burke, Lawton’s MacArthur Senior High School, animal science/pre-vet 
  • Cameron Freeland, Pauls Valley High School, nutritional sciences/pre-med
  • Keaton Hurt, Broken Arrow High School, biochemistry and pre-medicine
  • Maicel Sims, Edmond Santa Fe High School, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Mackenzie Gazaway, Stillwater High School, design, housing and merchandising
  • Madeline Reichert, Norman North High School, physiology/pre-med 

To help support the Oklahoma State Scholars Society, visit osugiving.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Monica Roberts | Director of Media Relations | 405-744-4800 | monica.roberts@okstate.edu

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