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Undergrads awarded $228,500 in Wentz scholarships and research grants

Tue, July 28, 2015

Due to the generosity of the Lew Wentz Foundation, 71 Oklahoma State University undergraduates representing every college on the Stillwater campus will receive a total of $228,500 in financial aid for the 2015-16 academic year. The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research coordinated the competitive selection process for Wentz awards with the help of OSU faculty and staff. 

The 22 students recognized with the Wentz Leadership Award will each receive a $2,750 scholarship for their outstanding record of academic achievement, leadership and community service. The application focuses on an essay inspired by the life of Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon or philanthropist Lew Wentz.

The 15 students selected for a Wentz Non-Traditional/Transitional Student Award will each receive a $1,000 scholarship in recognition for their exemplary academic success, leadership and service despite experiencing the challenges of being a non-traditional student with significant financial need.

The 34 students awarded a Wentz Research Grant will each receive $4,500 to conduct an original research project under the guidance of an OSU faculty member. These students submitted research proposals, which underwent a rigorous blind review process by the 20-member Wentz Research Committee. The results of their research will be presented April 15, 2016, at the annual Scholar Development Undergraduate Research Symposium.

“After learning about the life of Mr. Lew Wentz in depth, I have become inspired by his investment in people,” said Daniel Anderson, an Industrial Engineering and Management student from Tulsa and a Wentz Leadership Award recipient. “I would not be able to pay for college without Mr. Wentz’s generosity, and I would not have the chance to work towards success in my life. The life of Mr. Wentz encourages me and the next generation of OSU graduates to improve the quality of life of others.” 

For more information about Lew Wentz scholarships and grants, and other academic opportunities at Oklahoma State University, contact The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research at 334 Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078; 405-744-7313; tim.oneil@okstate.edu, or visit http://okstate.edu/scholars.

 

Wentz Leadership Award ($2,750)

OKLAHOMA 
Ada
Charlie Gibson, Economics and Finance 

Afton
Austin Johnson,  Finance and Agribusiness
Dillon Johnson, Plant and Soil Science

Duncan
Ashley Brewer, Elementary Education

Edmond
Lyndsay Parks, Human Resource Management
Stephen Tinker, Physiology

Elmore City
Bethany Howard, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kingfisher
Grant Newton, Finance and Economics

Muldrow
Gretchan Moore, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Microbiology 

Norman
Carson Mulligan, Finance

Oklahoma City
Carlie Pearson, Physiology 

Stillwater
Robinson Clower, Secondary Education - Mathematics and German
Taylor Johnson, Nutritional Sciences - Allied Health
Mandy Schroeder, Agricultural Leadership

Tulsa
Daniel Anderson, Industrial Engineering and Management
Brett Humphrey, Finance

Woodward
Allison Meinders, Accounting
Garrett Quinby, Aerospace Administration and Operations

IDAHO

Eagle
Lauren Clark, Agribusiness

KANSAS

Wellington
Shanlyn Hefley, Agribusiness

MISSOURI   

Columbia
Julia Matera, Animal Science

TEXAS

Plano
Katherine Konstans, Health Education and Promotion

 

Wentz Non-Traditional / Transitional Student Award ($1,000)

OKLAHOMA

Broken Arrow
David Reese, Landscape Architecture

Coyle
Heather Piersing, Agricultural Education

Enid
Robert Maloy, Mechanical Engineering 

Jenks
Chloe Backhaus, Microbiology 

Oklahoma City
Tyler Hill, Hotel and Restaurant Administration Human Sciences 

Stillwater
Ashley Bussell, Environmental Science
Richard Calk, Environmental Sociology
Tyler Collier, Biological Science
David Enkey, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Parker Inglee, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Sherry Ramsey, Human Development and Family Sciences
Pearl Roy, Health Promotion and Education
Benjamin Sprouse, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Tulsa
Michael Adair, Biological Science
Austin Meek, Mechanical Engineering Technology 

Wentz Research Grant ($4,500)

OKLAHOMA
Alva
Elisa Duell, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Professor David Thomas, Psychology

Antlers
Caleb Smith, Animal Science
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jennifer Hernandez Gifford, Animal Science

Jeremiah Taylor, Economics
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Brian Whitacre, Agricultural Economics 

Broken Arrow
Kaylee Gentry, Plant and Soil Science
Faculty Mentor: Regents Professor William Raun, Plant and Soil Sciences

Christian Ley, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Professor Nurhan Dunford, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Cameron
Tayler Jones, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Lana Beasley, Psychology

Claremore
Aubrey McCutchan, Civil Engineering - Environmental Option
Faculty Mentor: Professor John Veenstra, Civil Engineering

Edmond
Janae Stockton, Psychology and Business Management
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor LaRicka Wingate, Psychology

Madill
Shiann Burns, Animal Science
Faculty Mentor: Professor Yinghua Huang, Botany

Mooreland
Carson Cooper, Animal Science
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Scott Carter, Animal Science

Mustang
Connor Reece, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Celinda Reese-Melancon, Psychology 

Oklahoma City
Anna O'Hare, Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Faculty Mentor: Professor Gail Wilson, Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Okmulgee
Matthew Allen, Computer Science
Faculty Mentor: Professor Barry Lavine, Chemistry

Shawnee
Samantha Grider, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Polly Campbell, Integrative Biology 

Stillwater
Carol Abraham, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Sundararajan Madihally, Chemical Engineering

Erica Crockett, Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Professor Brenda Smith, Nutritional Sciences

Charith DeSilva, Physics
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Mario Borunda, Physics

Nicholas Nelsen, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Henry Segerman, Mathematics

Joseph Schovanec, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Arvind Santhanakrishnan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Sand Springs
Kristina Baker, Microbiology / Cell and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Puni Jeyasingh, Integrative Biology

Tonkawa
Rachel Reisch, Physiology
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Doren Recker, Philosophy

Tulsa
Colton Craig, Landscape Architecture
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Rodney Jones, Agricultural Economics

Victor Ekehchiadi, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Toby Nelson, Chemistry

Mesha Foster, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor DeMond Grant, Psychology

Emily Ingram, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Aaron Lukaszewski, Psychology

ARKANSAS

Fort Smith
Field Watts, Chemistry, Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Professor Richard Bunce, Chemistry

ILLINOIS

Moline
Joshua Seaberg, Mechanical Engineering, Pre-Med Option
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Paul Weckler, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

KANSAS

Liberal
Larcyn Carter, Liberal, Kan., Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Professor R. Russell Rhinehart, Chemical Engineering

Wichita
Mitchell Meyer, Mathematics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Celinda Reese-Melancon, Psychology

MISSOURI

Lee’s Summit
Caitlyn Maye, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Lana Beasley, Psychology 

NEBRASKA

Lincoln
Anna Hurlbut, Management Science and Computer Systems
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Bryan Hammer, MSIS 

TEXAS

Cedar Hill
Sydney Stewart, Animal Science
Faculty Mentor: Professor Glenn Zhang, Animal Science

Magnolia
Emily Allen, History and Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Emily Graham, History 

Plano
Keith Harris, History
Faculty Mentor: Professor Richard Rohrs, History