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Women for OSU Rewards Students for Academic Excellence and Service

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Media Contact: Mack Burke | Editorial Coordinator | 405-744-5540 | editor@okstate.edu

The Women for OSU Endowed Scholarship is a prestigious award that recognizes academic, philanthropic and volunteer activities among OSU's students.

Funds for this endowment are generated through private donations and sponsorships from events, which allow students to become stronger leaders and educated philanthropists.

Women for OSU awards annual scholarships to students who are passionate about making a positive impact in the world around them.

At the 2021 Women for OSU Spring Symposium, the organization recognized 13 students with the hopes of providing each the opportunity to continue pursuing their philanthropic passions while at Oklahoma State.

For more information and to support Women for OSU scholarships, visit: OSUgiving.com/women

Rachel Kim, Class of '22

Rachel KimHometown: Seoul, South Korea

Major: Educational Leadership

What impact has the Women for OSU scholarship made in your life?

Receiving the Women for OSU scholarship brought me so much joy, and I was thankful not just from myself, but also from my family and colleagues. I was honored to receive this award together with them. I have always tried to be a hard worker and do my best, so being recognized with this honorable scholarship means a lot. It greatly encourages me to move forward academically and work toward giving back to the people who have supported me.

What motivates you to continuously pursue your education?

I want to work where I can serve disadvantaged people and students. I have been shown so much generosity and love from people, so I want to give back to those who really need it. One of my dreams is to open an educational center where disadvantaged students can learn English with the Bible, so they can learn the power of the word, as well as English skills, which is very crucial to making better lives in South Korea.

How would you say thank you to the Women for OSU donors that made your scholarship possible?

Having this scholarship means a lot to me as an international student. I will remember to care for international and local people with the generosity that Women for OSU shows. Thank you so much for inviting me to this group and giving me the chance to learn how to serve others with the care and generosity that Women for OSU does.

Wesley Sims, Class of '22

Hometown: Stillwater, OklahomaWesley Sims

Major: Management Information Systems

What made you choose to come to OSU?

As I grew up in Stillwater, going to Oklahoma State University was always my dream. The sense of family and benevolence OSU demonstrated always stuck out to me. I’ll be the first one in my immediate family to graduate from OSU and hopefully the first of many.

What does it mean to you to be named a Women for OSU scholar?

As a Women for OSU scholarship recipient I get to see their strong foundation and culture exemplified. Words cannot describe how the culture and opportunities here at OSU have helped me throughout my academic career. With their investment in me, they have enabled me to continue pursuing my dreams of being the first one in my family to graduate from OSU.

What would you say is your Orange Passion?

I am most passionate about helping others and giving back. The generosity of Women for OSU has helped relieve a financial burden off my family and helped me in my academic journey. The impact of their generosity cannot be measured. Women for OSU and so many others have helped me along the way, and I feel that doing the same for others is one way I can pay that forward.

Mallie Reuter, Class of '22

Hometown: Stillwater, OklahomaMallie Reuter

Major: Nonprofit Management

What campus organizations are you involved in?

I am involved heavily in President's Leadership Council. I am able to mentor and guide 20 freshmen students by fostering a safe space for discussion, learning and self reflection. I am also the director for TLX, OSU's high school leadership conference. I am currently designing two conferences for 300 talented and influential high school students. I also work as a F1rst2Go Leader for the Office of First Year Success. I advise and mentor 10-first generation college students.

How has the Women for OSU scholarship affected you?

The Women for OSU Scholarship has given me the means to invest more of my time in philanthropy and community service. I have been able to learn the skills of how to build a culture of life-giving community advocates through Women for OSU.

How has Women for OSU influenced you and your future career goals?

My experience with Women for OSU has shaped my mind and heart towards loving and serving people through creating sustainable solutions and connections. I was able to see the beauty of people coming together to accomplish one goal, and I want to pursue a career that rallies people together.

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