Natural Resource Ecology and Management
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.
Sandra K. Trennepohl WOSU Endowed Scholarship
Human Development and Family Science
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.
Agribusiness and Animal Science
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.
Ike and MaryBeth Glass WOSU Scholarship
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.
Sheryl Benbrook Women for OSU Scholarship
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
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.
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.
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Pre-Med
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.
Wirt June Newman Memorial Scholarship
Animal Science, Pre-Vet Medicine
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.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
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.
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.
Management Information Systems
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.
Animal Science, Pre-Vet
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.
Human Development and Family Sciences
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.
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