Marketing and Management
ORANGE PASSIONS:Small Business Community
Emily Alexander embarked on her OSU experience excited to write her own chapter in an impressive family legacy. She is the 22nd relative to attend OSU. She has a deep passion rooted in small business and community. She has utilized this passion to constantly find ways to build relationships and positively affecting countless lives along the way. She has been extensively involved both on campus and in the Stillwater community.
Emily currently serves as the communications intern for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and has used her work ethic and professionalism to achieve great success in that position. Along with her internship, she has the distinction of being a McKnight Scholar, serving on the Student Alumni Board and holding the role of vice president for the Standards for International IFC Sorority.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
ORANGE PASSIONS:Speech and Hearing Education
Lauren Anderson has spent a large portion of her life dedicated to helping others. To her, philanthropy is the sum of small acts of kindness that inspire others and provide a glimpse of hope for many.
In high school, Lauren founded Foster Feet to provide children in need with new shoes. Since its founding in 2015, more than 2,000 pairs of shoes have been distributed to children in Oklahoma. As well as her time spent with her own organization, Lauren is an active volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and served as a fundraising and programs intern last fall.
After graduation, Lauren is excited to continue serving and giving back to others in both her future career and volunteer endeavors.
ORANGE PASSIONS:American Soldiers and Veterans
Patricia Bear is determined to make a difference in the lives of others all while pursuing her education. Her motivation and persistence throughout her life is a true testament to her character.
Patricia served in the United States military for 21 years and currently volunteers as a Veteran Service Officer for the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 539. There she helps to advise and educate individuals on the different resources that are available to them. Patricia is also an ambassador for Mission 22, a non-profit that fights in the war against veteran suicide.
It’s clear that she does not plan to slow down any time soon. Once she completes her degree in culinary arts, she wants to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business management, which will help her successfully manage a restaurant of her own.
Marketing and Nonprofit Management
ORANGE PASSIONS:Alzheimer's Research
Jonathan Foster was first introduced to the true meaning of philanthropy when he was in fifth grade. His father was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and a community of friends, family and even strangers came together to help his family in any way they could. To him, each one of these individuals were philanthropists.
Jonathan has used his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for Alzheimer’s research to coordinate Throwing for a Cure, a disc golf tournament that benefits the Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association. He is also the founder of Upward Discs, a company that designs, markets and sells disc golf products.
On campus, Jonathan is currently the vice president of stewardship for the Student Foundation and the internal philanthropy chair for the Men’s International Social Fraternity. In the future, Jonathan hopes to use his skills and education to work for the Alzheimer’s Association and help find a cure for the disease that has greatly affected his family.
Zoology with a Pre-Vet Option
ORANGE PASSIONS:Helping Others Through Volunteering
Jillian Gore grew up in a small town where people always jumped in to help those in need. This fostered a deep passion for helping others, and Jillian said she’s developed a passion for philanthropy since she arrived at Oklahoma State University.
Jillian is actively involved with the Student Foundation as the vice president of communications and is a member of the Student Government Association. She has found that philanthropy extends beyond financial giving and includes volunteering her time to serve others in need.
Jillian’s philanthropic efforts have helped grow the Student Foundation’s marketing capabilities and has assisted in Sigma Phi Lambda’s philanthropic plans. She said that philanthropy has been the best part of her experience at OSU. Jillian looks forward to the opportunity to give back once she begins her career.
Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics Applications
ORANGE PASSIONS:General Philanthropy
Jaden Kasitz is a natural leader and eager learner. Both of these qualities have helped her succeed during her time at Oklahoma State University. Jaden attributes her work ethic and mindset to her greatest role model — her mother. Seeing her mother excel spiritually, in her career and in relationships with others helped lay the foundation that Jaden has built upon in college.
Jaden has also shown that holding a leadership position is not always necessary to lead. She is one of the most consistent contributors on the Student Foundation’s Membership Committee, helping guide initiatives and team-building activities. During her time at OSU, Jaden was named a Top 10 Freshman Woman, served on the CEAT Student Council and conducted a study on “Evolution of Muscle Activations during Pregnancy.”
Receiving the Women for OSU scholarship and working with the Student Foundation has reaffirmed Jaden’s goal to give back to her community through her future philanthropic efforts.
Sandra K. Trennepohl WOSU Endowed Scholarship
Human Development and Family Sciences
ORANGE PASSIONS:Children in Foster Care
From serving in the United States Army to volunteering within her own community, Rachel Millea has proved herself to be ambitious and motivated. She has a natural ability to lead and a passionate heart for service.
In her free time, Rachel works with an international non-profit called Just Hope. There, she helps to combat poverty and advocate for sustainability. Within this organization, Rachel conducts research and stands in solidarity with some of the most poverty-stricken communities in Nicaragua.
Rachel hopes to use her knowledge and experiences from Just Hope to better serve those in the foster care system. Upon obtaining her master’s degree in human development and family science, she is sure to make a difference in not only these children’s lives, but also within the foster care system as a whole.
Sheryl Benbrook Women for OSU Scholarship
ORANGE PASSIONS:Pediatric Psychology
Megan Perez is committed to improving the quality of life for people who struggle with life-threatening illnesses. From holding newborns in the NICU to serving as a companion to those receiving hospice care, she devotes her time to comforting those in need.
As volunteering is an essential part of her life, Megan provides guidance to first generation and minority undergraduate students with the goal of attending graduate school. At Oklahoma State University she has been a mentor within the Psychology Diversified Students Program as well as the president, secretary and a representative of the Psychology Graduate Student Association.
With support from her husband and son, Megan is set to earn her doctorate in 2021. Afterwards, she plans to continue serving her community as a psychologist for children with cancer.
ORANGE PASSIONS:Food Security
Johna Pulliam always dreamed of attending OSU. Once she was enrolled, she immediately shifted her focus to how she could help people. Johna has volunteered extensively at Our Daily Bread in Stillwater, helping put together programs and joyfully interacting with community members in need.
Armed with her experience at Our Daily Bread, Johna served as the coordinator of summer food initiatives with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma this summer. There she was responsible for programs that distributed nearly 100,000 meals to children in Eastern Oklahoma.
On campus, Johna has been named a Top 20 Freshman Woman, serves on the Student Alumni Board and is the Scholarship Coordinator for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She also volunteers regularly at Stillwater Medical Center, and has shadowed numerous health professionals across Oklahoma through her academic program. Johna believes everyone has a role to play in making their community a better place, and she plans to use her education to fill her role in positively affecting her community.
Wirt Newman Memorial Scholarship
Third-Year Medical Student
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
ORANGE PASSIONS:Women's Health
Madison Slawson and Mrs. Wirt June Newman not only share a hometown, but also a love for philanthropy. Madison wants to honor the legacy of Mrs. Newman by using her drive for learning to improve her own communities and by having a strong focus on her health care related philanthropy.
Over the course of four years, Madison has spent more than 500 hours shadowing and assisting at the McAlester Regional Health Center. With her easy nature and bright personality, she has grown to be an integral part of the practice. With her skillset and increasing knowledge, there is no doubt that she will continue to lead within the next generation of physicians.
Madison is set to graduate from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2022. Afterwards, she hopes to return to her roots in McAlester to serve and represent rural Oklahoma.
ORANGE PASSIONS:Education for Younger Generations
Allison Stuckey’s joy, generosity and love for learning led her to Oklahoma State University. Upon arriving, she was selected as one of the top 25 incoming freshmen women and has combined her love of learning with her giving spirit to serve many different on-campus organizations.
Allison is currently a member of the Student Foundation, a Library Ambassador and president of the International Panhellenic Fraternity. She has fully embraced the Cowboy family and has loved expanding her educational horizons through various experiences at Oklahoma State.
Pursing higher education was always extremely important for Allison. She views it as an investment in not only her future career, but also in the future of the children she’ll have the opportunity to educate. Allison is looking forward to inspiring her students to develop a love for learning.
Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
ORANGE PASSIONS:Women in STEM
Megan Wong leaves a positive impact wherever she goes. From graduating first in her high school class of nearly 600 to now teaching and mentoring young girls in the STEM community, she constantly strives to educate both herself and others.
Megan has shown exceptional leadership from the beginning of her college experience by joining top-tier organizations such as the President’s Leadership Council, Society of Women Engineers, Student Union Activities Board and many others. Megan stands out among other members by offering new perspectives and serving those around her.
Megan’s peers describe her as a true Cowgirl — an inspiring, humble and motivated leader.
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