2021 Student Scholarship Recipients:

Jerret Carpenter

Sophomore
Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Poteau, Oklahoma

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Helping Others Reach Their Goals

Jerret Carpenter knows that most people immediately think of monetary giving when they hear the word philanthropy. But for the Poteau Natural Resource Ecology and Management student, the word is a great identifier for how he spends his time.

Jerret volunteers as an executive officer for the Native American Student Association, the vice president of the OSU Exotic Animal Club and as a Multicultural Programs Leader in the Ferguson College of Agriculture. Jerret has been extremely dedicated to helping his peers and ensuring they can be successful. As a mentor, he is always looking for ways to help younger classmates deal with challenges, whether in life or schoolwork.

Jerret said volunteering makes him feel connected to campus and the community. He looks forward to using his immense enthusiasm and commitment to others to help those around him reach their goals.


Carly Dunn

Sandra K. Trennepohl WOSU Endowed Scholarship

Ph.D. Student
Human Development and Family Science
McAlester, Oklahoma

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Health Equity

Carly Dunn’s passion and dedication for philanthropy has been cultivated by witnessing the collective efforts of individuals, organizations and communities coming together to help those around them. She has seen first-hand the ripple effect that philanthropy can have.

Carly came to OSU because of the people and has been influenced greatly by her diverse set of mentors: Drs. Bridget Miller, Julie Croff, Randy Hubach, Chandra Story, Julie Kock and Bert Thomas. These individuals helped foster her passion for public health, which has led to her commitment and service to promoting public health for all people.

Carly has done work for American Indian/Alaska Native tribes on behavioral health, interned with Tulsa CARES and has worked with AIDS United: Southern Reach at OSU. She consistently demonstrates the skills, traits and dedication needed to make real change in the world of public health.


Lara Hays

Sophomore
Agribusiness and Animal Science
Claremore, Oklahoma

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Pete's Pantry for Food Insecurities

Lara Hays has an incredible desire to learn. As a first-generation college student, she puts in the work both in and out of the classroom. She is committed to philanthropy and is involved with Pete’s Pantry and volunteers at Turning Point Ranch.

Lara learned how to love and serve others with guidance from her grandmother, teachers and countless other individuals within her community. She always takes an optimistic approach to everything she does and is an excellent team player.

Within the Department of Animal Science, Lara has ranked in the top 5 percent of the current scholarship pool, which is determined by academic achievement as well as leadership. She also works numerous hours outside of class to better the university. Lara embodies the values that Women for OSU represents with her dedication to academics, service and leadership.


Lucia Kezele

Ike and MaryBeth Glass WOSU Scholarship

Junior
Applied Sociology and Psychology
Gallup, New Mexico

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion

Lucia Kezele is the epitome of a leader, and she is heavily invested in campus life at Oklahoma State. She has served as the vice president of Community Outreach for OSU’s Panhellenic Council and is now the president of her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta.

Within these roles, Lucia has used her time and talent to serve those around her. She is devoted to advocating for all people with a deep focus on diversity and inclusion. Additionally, Lucia is a founding member of the Undergraduate Research Club, works in the Personality and Psychopathology Research Lab and serves as a peer mentor.

Lucia embodies the essence of what Women for OSU stands for, as she has high academic standards, a love for others and an integrity that is unparalleled amongst her peers. She has a strong drive for success and continues to seek out impactful opportunities to make a difference.


Rachel Kim

Sheryl Benbrook Women for OSU Scholarship

Ph.D. Student
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
South Korea

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Children and Family Hardships

Rachel Kim uses her own experiences to pour into others. Both nationally and internationally, she has helped others grow academically and spiritually. By doing so, she is always sure to make those around her feel welcome and included.

Through Bridges International, a student organization that assists international students, Rachel takes initiative and serves as a strong leader. Over the past several years, she has generously offered her time to meet the needs of those around her. Her heart is for the welfare of others, and she is constantly putting that into practice.

After the completion of her Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State, Rachel dreams of opening an educational center where disadvantaged students can learn English, which she describes as a crucial way to better one’s life in South Korea. Her experiences will help her to serve students in various ways to encourage positive learning environments.


Bree Kisling

Sophomore
Agricultural Communications
Enid, Oklahoma

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Food Insecurity

Bree Kisling has spent her time at OSU working tirelessly to help students who don’t know where their next meal will come from. The Enid native developed her passion for fighting food insecurity during her freshman year when she co-chaired the SGA Food Insecurity Committee.

She has been active in a number of other campus organizations, including President’s Leadership Council, the Chi Omega sorority and Rooted. Bree is a natural leader whose passion for others has made philanthropic involvement second nature to her.

Although Bree is still deciding which path to take after graduation, she wants to work hard to ensure she has many options. Whether she is working for an agricultural company in Oklahoma or a nonprofit in Asia, Bree said she’s confident she will end up where she is meant to be and where she can help others around her.


Kaitlyn Lane

Junior
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Pre-Med
Beulah, Colorado

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Mental, Emotional and Physical Health

Kaitlyn Lane strives to be a lifelong doer and giver, and her involvement at OSU shows her commitment. She is always quick to help classmates succeed and pours an incredible amount of passion into her work and service.

She mentors groups of first-year students as a President’s Leadership Council Facilitator, serves as a member of the Oklahoma State Student Foundation and volunteers more than 100 hours annually to other organizations and causes. Academically, Kaitlyn has been named a Freshman Research Scholar, W.W. Allen Boys and Girls Club Scholar and Niblack Research Scholar.

Kaitlyn has presented her research on immunotherapy treatments for cancer and the effects of COVID-19 on edema at OSU and two national conferences. In the future, she hopes to continue her research and combine her biosystems engineering and pre-med education to serve her community in the health care industry.


Ashlyn Morris

Wirt June Newman Memorial Scholarship

Junior
Animal Science, Pre-Vet Medicine
Poteau, Oklahoma

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Children's Miracle Network Hospital

Whether animals or people, Ashlyn Morris has always loved helping people. At OSU, she’s been able to develop her love for others through servant leadership.

Through her sorority, Phi Mu, Ashlyn has become extremely passionate about the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH). Each year, Phi Mu holds multiple fundraisers to donate directly to CMNH. She has taken great pride in being able to raise money for a cause that helps children in need. Ashlyn has held several chair positions in her sorority, is also an active member of the Pre-Veterinary club and serves on the President’s Leadership Council.

Following graduation, Ashlyn is considering becoming a veterinarian for the United States Army. She is excited at the opportunity to use her skills and education to help others and her country.


Savannah Nicks

Medical Student
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Tulsa, Oklahoma

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Access to Health Care

Savannah Nicks grew up in a home centered on philanthropy and helping others. With her mom being a judge who presided over the domestic violence docket, Savannah was taught that selflessness and kindness was life’s most enriching endeavor.

Her dedication and passion for philanthropy in the Tulsa community has stretched throughout her life, but has grown exponentially as a medical student. Savannah has spent time at clinics including Neighbors Along the Line and the Arubah Clinic, where she saw firsthand the impact health care can have on a person’s life. Her fluency in Spanish allowed her to serve in a unique way, often acting as a translator between attending physicians and Spanish-speaking patients.

These experiences inspired Savannah to pursue a career providing medical care for underserved populations as a physician when she graduates. Specifically, she would like to focus on women’s health.


Mallie Reuter

Junior
Nonprofit Management
Stillwater, Oklahoma

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Food Insecurity

Mallie Reuter is a Cowboy through and through. As a lifelong Stillwater resident, she is devoted to supporting the community through philanthropy and the promotion of social change. Mallie values education and wisdom, which is evident through her past and current roles.

For over four years, she has worked with Our Daily Bread, a nonprofit food and resource center that serves Payne County residents. Her impressive display of leadership resulted in her being the first AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator at just 18 years old.

Mallie is flexible, resourceful and extremely empathetic. Her leadership is exemplified in her ability to seamlessly combine her day-to-day duties of volunteering, work, school and as an active member of the community. She has chosen to use her skills, talents and studies to make a difference and leave a positive impact at Oklahoma State.


Wesley Sims

Junior
Management Information Systems
Stillwater, Oklahoma

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Giving Back

Wesley Sims is grateful to everyone who helped him along the way at Oklahoma State University, and he’s passionate about paying it forward.

Wesley was a top RISE scholar at Oklahoma State. Retention Initiative for Student Excellence is a rigorous program under the Division of Institutional Diversity that selects talented first-year and underrepresented students with the goal of helping them be successful at OSU. During the past year he has served as an Institutional Diversity Ambassador, where he shares his experiences and offers advice on how to thrive in college.

Wesley defines philanthropy simply as helping those in need. He said he feels joy and fulfillment making a difference in the lives of others. He looks forward to continually finding ways to assist others in achieving success.


Jessica Van Nimwegen

Junior
Animal Science, Pre-Vet
Allen, Texas

ORANGE PASSIONS:

OSU Best Buddies

Jessica Van Nimwegen is positive and determined to reach her goals. She puts words into action and always manages to foster positive relationships with others. She lives her life by chasing her passions and helping those around her.

She began volunteering with programs aiding those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) while she was in high school. This grew into her passion for OSU Best Buddies, an organization that connects OSU students to community members with IDDs. As the organization’s president, Jessica loves that the program creates lifelong friendships and allows people to be accepted for who they are.

Jessica is studying to become a veterinarian in the Honors College. She is looking forward to utilizing the skills she has learned to continue helping others and their animals.


Garrin Williams

Sophomore
Human Development and Family Sciences
Manhattan, Kansas

ORANGE PASSIONS:

Food Insecurity

For Garrin Williams, philanthropy means embracing selfless acts every day through each conversation, time shared and encouragement to others. She exercises this idea of daily philanthropy as she works to combat food insecurity among her peers and provide support for mental health on campus.

Garrin volunteers her time at Our Daily Bread and co-founded an Active Minds Chapter on campus that supports mental health awareness and education for young adults. She is actively involved with her sorority, Kappa Delta, as the vice president of standards and the leadership chair.

She has been included on the President’s Honor Roll each semester, was named a Top 20 Freshmen Woman and takes the time to mentor first-year students within the College of Education and Human Sciences. Garrin’s passion for people has and will continue to make a positive impact wherever life takes her.


Past Student Scholarship Recipients:

2020

  • Emily Alexander, Marketing and Management, Canadian, Texas
  • Lauren Anderson, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Enid, Oklahoma
  • Patricia Bear, Culinary Arts, Henryetta, Oklahoma
  • Jonathan Foster, Marketing and Nonprofit Management, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Jillian Gore, Zoology with a Pre-Vet Option, Pryor, Oklahoma
  • Jaden Kasitz, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics Applications, Wichita, Kansas
  • Rachel Millea, Human Development and Family Sciences, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Megan Perez, Clinical Psychology, Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • Johna Pulliam, Physiology/Pre-Medical Sciences, Catoosa, Oklahoma
  • Madison Slawson, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, McAlester, Oklahoma
  • Allison Stuckey, Elementary Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Megan Wong, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Edmond, Oklahoma

2019

  • Carly Bender, Actuarial and Financial Mathematics and Statistics, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Alison Booth, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Mustang, Oklahoma
  • Seraiah Coe, Biological Science/Natural Resource Ecology and Management, McKinney, Texas
  • Peighton Coleman, Elementary Education, Tuttle, Oklahoma
  • Lana Duke, Osteopathic Medicine, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Courtney Keeney, Plant and Soil Sciences, Eagletown, Oklahoma
  • Rachel Terry, Biology — Pre-Medical, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Alexis Vance, Chemical Engineering, Leawood, Kansas
  • Christine Walters, Nutritional Sciences, Concord, Ohio
  • Caitlin Way, Osteopathic Medicine, Mitchell, South Dakota

2018

  • Lacy Brame, Osteopathic Medicine, Norman, OK
  • Jacquelyn Crawford, Applied Technology; Horticulture, Jones, OK
  • Lourdes FelixCuret, Liberal Studies, Oklahoma City, OK and San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cardin Hart, Chemical Engineering, Edmond, OK
  • Natalie Keirns, Psychology, Haysville, KS
  • Ashley Knoch, Integrative Biology, New Kensington, PA
  • Rebecca Lane, Chemical Engineering, Beulah, CO
  • Jasmyn Lee, Civil Engineering, Lawton, OK
  • Sarah Oliver, Biochemistry; Pre-Law, Ardmore, OK
  • Pratishtha Poudel, Crop Science, Bharatpur, Rajastahan, Nepal
  • Erin Wood, Psychology, Rogers, AR
  • Emma Woolard, Agribusiness; Pre-Law, Wolfforth, TX

2017

  • Christina Anaya, Integrative Biology, Fallbrook, California
  • Krista Boston-Fullerton, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Stigler, Oklahoma
  • Megan DeVuyst, Agribusiness, Morrison, OK
  • Abbey Grimes, Microbiology, Bartlesville, OK
  • Darci Klein, Counseling Psychology, St. Louis, MO
  • Wendy Lau Wong, Industrial Engineering and Management, Panama City, Panama & Oklahoma City, OK
  • Courtney Mapes, Animal Science, Alva, OK
  • Sulochana Paudyal, Entomology, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal
  • Ayrianna Swanson, Microbiology and Biochemistry; French, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Karlie Wade, Agricultural Communications; Pre-Law, Perry, OK

2016

  • Taylor Brown, Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Austyn Iven, Sports Media, Stillwater, OK
  • Jacquelyn Lane, Chemical Engineering, Beulah, CO
  • Savannah Martin, Microbiology, Duncan, OK
  • Alexandria Mullins, Clinical Psychology, Haworth, OK
  • Emma Murray, Creative Writing, Poetry, Council Bluffs, IA
  • Sarah Sauer, Nutritional Sciences, Pre-Dental, Highland Village, TX
  • Ricki Schroeder, Agribusiness and Agricultural Leadership, Kremlin, OK
  • Audrey Woods, Mental Health Counseling, Dallas, TX

2015

  • Lindsay Azlin, Agricultural Education, Wewoka, OK
  • Julia Benbrook, Multimedia Journalism, Woodward, OK
  • Kourtney Brooks, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Tuttle, OK
  • Mayra Castanon, Nurse Science, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Roxanne Cobb, Crime Victim/Survivor Services, Conway, AR
  • Macy Hula, Human Development and Family Science, Enid, OK
  • Allison Meinders, Accounting and Finance, Woodward, OK
  • Amanda Sandoval, Enterprise Development, Oklahoma City, OK

2014

  • Charlie Gibson, Economics, Ada, OK
  • Nadir Nibras, Biomedical Engineering, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Nicole Ralston, Marketing, Stillwater, OK
  • Chacey Schoeppel, Agribusiness and Pre-Law, Fairview, OK
  • Aubrey Scott, Early Childhood Education, Owasso, OK

2013

  • Marti Going, Mulitmedia Journalism, Pryor, OK
  • Alysa Hooper, Human Development and Family Science, Norman, OK
  • Hannah Langley, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Winfield, KS
  • Rebekah Sook, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Midwest City, OK
  • Chris Stockton, Management and Accouting, Duncan, OK

2012

  • Rachel Benbrook, Strategic Communications, Woodward, OK
  • Kelsey Cottom, Agricultural Communications, Morrison, OK
  • Katie Haning, Chemical Engineering, Allen, TX
  • Mallory Ross, Agricultural Communications, Woodward, OK
  • Amelia Wilson, Spanish, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Stillwater, OK

2011

  • Haley Baumgardner, Agribusiness, Carrier, OK
  • Qualla Parman, Biosystems Engineering, Warner, OK
  • Alyssa Peterson, Biological Sciences, Edmond, OK
  • Carly Schnaithman, Agribusiness, Garber, OK

2010

  • Rachel Branch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Guthrie, OK
  • Sara Roberts, Art History, Weatherford, OK

2009

  • Sarah Cary, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Tulsa, OK

Are you interested in supporting students who are passionate about philanthropy? The Women for OSU Scholarship Fund recognizes the best and brightest leaders on campus, working to make OSU and the world a better a place.