Undergrads Awarded $228,500 in Wentz Scholarships and Research Grants

(STILLWATER, Okla., July 24, 2015) Thanks 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. Last spring The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research coordinated the competitive selection process for these 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 Governor Henry Bellmon or philanthropist Mr. 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 in the Student Union Ballroom.

“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 Awards and other academic opportunities at Oklahoma State University, please 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 us online at http://okstate.edu/scholars.

 

Wentz Leadership Award ($2,750)

Daniel Anderson, Tulsa, Okla., Industrial Engineering and Management

Ashley Brewer, Duncan, Okla., Elementary Education

Lauren Clark, Eagle, Idaho, Agribusiness

Robinson Clower, Stillwater, Okla., Secondary Education – Mathematics and German

Charlie Gibson, Ada, Okla., Economics and Finance

Shanlyn Hefley, Wellington, Kan., Agribusiness

Bethany Howard, Elmore City, Okla., Communication Sciences and Disorders

Brett Humphrey, Tulsa, Okla., Finance

Austin Johnson, Afton, Okla., Finance and Agribusiness

Dillon Johnson, Afton, Okla., Plant and Soil Science

Taylor Johnson, Stillwater, Okla., Nutritional Sciences - Allied Health

Katherine Konstans, Plano, Texas, Health Education and Promotion

Julia Matera, Columbia, Mo., Animal Science

Allison Meinders, Woodward, Okla., Accounting

Gretchan Moore, Muldrow, Okla., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Microbiology

Carson Mulligan, Norman, Okla., Finance

Grant Newton, Kingfisher, Okla., Finance and Economics

Lyndsay Parks, Edmond, Okla., Human Resource Management

Carlie Pearson, Oklahoma City, Physiology

Garrett Quinby, Woodward, Okla., Aerospace Administration and Operations

Mandy Schroeder, Stillwater, Okla., Agricultural Leadership

Stephen Tinker, Edmond, Okla., Physiology

 

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

Michael Adair, Tulsa, Okla., Biological Science

Chloe Backhaus, Jenks, Okla. Microbiology

Ashley Bussell, Stillwater, Okla., Environmental Science

Richard Calk, Stillwater, Okla., Environmental Sociology

Tyler Collier, Stillwater, Okla., Biological Science

David Enkey, Stillwater, Okla., Mechanical Engineering Technology

Tyler Hill, Oklahoma City, Hotel and Restaurant Administration Human Sciences

Parker Inglee, Stillwater, Okla., Mechanical Engineering Technology

Robert Maloy, Enid, Okla., Mechanical Engineering

Austin Meek, Tulsa, Okla., Mechanical Engineering Technology

Heather Piersing, Coyle, Okla., Agricultural Education

Sherry Ramsey, Stillwater, Okla., Human Development and Family Sciences

David Reese, Broken Arrow, Okla., Landscape Architecture

Pearl Roy, Stillwater, Okla., Health Promotion and Education

Benjamin Sprouse, Stillwater, Okla., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

Wentz Research Grant ($4,500)

Carol Abraham, Stillwater, Okla., Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Sundararajan Madihally, Chemical Engineering

Emily Allen, Magnolia, Texas, History and Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Emily Graham, History

Matthew Allen, Okmulgee, Okla., Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Professor Barry Lavine, Chemistry

Kristina Baker, Sand Springs, Okla., Microbiology / Cell and Molecular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Puni Jeyasingh, Integrative Biology

Shiann Burns, Madill, Okla., Animal Science

Faculty Mentor: Professor Yinghua Huang, Botany

Larcyn Carter, Liberal, Kan., Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Professor R. Russell Rhinehart, chemical engineering

Carson Cooper, Mooreland, Okla., Animal Science

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Scott Carter, Animal Science

Colton Craig, Tulsa, Okla., Landscape Architecture

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Rodney Jones, Agricultural Economics

Erica Crockett, Stillwater, Okla., Nutritional Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Professor Brenda Smith, Nutritional Sciences

Charith DeSilva, Stillwater, Okla., Physics

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Mario Borunda, Physics

Elisa Duell, Alva, Okla., Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Professor David Thomas, Psychology

Victor Ekehchiadi, Tulsa, Okla., Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Toby Nelson, Chemistry

Mesha Foster, Tulsa, Okla., Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor DeMond Grant, Psychology

Kaylee Gentry, Broken Arrow, Okla., Plant and Soil Science

Faculty Mentor: Regents Professor William Raun, Plant and Soil Sciences

Samantha Grider, Shawnee, Okla., Zoology

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Polly Campbell, Integrative Biology

Keith Harris, Plano, Texas, History

Faculty Mentor: Professor Richard Rohrs, Department of History

Anna Hurlbut, Lincoln, Neb., Management Science and Computer Systems

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Bryan Hammer, MSIS

Emily Ingram, Tulsa, Okla., Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Aaron Lukaszewski, Psychology

Tayler Jones, Cameron, Okla., Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Lana Beasley, Psychology

Christian Ley, Broken Arrow, Okla., Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Professor Nurhan Dunford, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Caitlyn Maye, Lees Summit, Mo., Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Lana Beasley, Psychology

Aubrey McCutchan, Claremore, Okla., Civil Engineering Environmental Option

Faculty Mentor: Professor John Veenstra, CIVE

Mitchell Meyer, Wichita, Kan., Mathematics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Celinda Reese-Melancon, Psychology

Nicholas Nelsen, Stillwater, Okla., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Henry Segerman, Mathematics

Anna O'Hare, Oklahoma City, Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Faculty Mentor: Professor Gail Wilson, Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Connor Reece, Mustang, Okla., Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Celinda Reese-Melancon, Psychology

Rachel Reisch, Tonkawa, Okla., Physiology

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Doren Recker, Philosophy

Joseph Schovanec, Stillwater, Okla., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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

Joshua Seaberg, Moline, Ill., Mechanical Engineering Pre-Med Option

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Paul Weckler, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Caleb Smith, Antlers, Okla., Animal Science

Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jennifer Hernandez Gifford, Animal Science

Sydney Stewart, Cedar Hill, Texas, Animal Science

Faculty Mentor: Professor Glenn Zhang, Animal Science

Janae Stockton, Edmond, Okla., Psychology and Business Management

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor LaRicka Wingate, Psychology

Jeremiah Taylor, Antlers, Okla., Economics

Faculty Mentor: Associate Professor Brian Whitacre, Agricultural Economics

Field Watts, Fort Smith, Ark., Chemistry, Mathematics

Faculty Mentor: Professor Richard Bunce, Chemistry

 

 

 

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