The Women for OSU annual spring symposium is a unique opportunity to gather in Stillwater and gain valuable knowledge about philanthropic decision making and leadership. Women for OSU celebrates members of the OSU family who display leadership in philanthropy by naming the Philanthropist of the Year and awarding scholarships to outstanding OSU students.
2018 Women for OSU
Student Scholarship Recipients
Orange Passion: Community & Rural Healthcare in Oklahoma
Lacy Brame’s strong desire to serve rural and underserved families as a physician stems from her research and observations of health issues in Oklahoma. Her undergraduate research focused heavily on the negative implications of tobacco usage, specifically in American Indians. She cares deeply about reducing chronic disease and tobacco usage across the state.
After receiving her master’s degree in epidemiology, Lacy decided to go to medical school at OSU so she could continue her tobacco research and volunteer work at free health clinics. She has clinical experience at Manos Juntas Free Clinic, Crossings Community Clinic and more than 250 hours in the emergency department. She enjoys seeing the impact she and other volunteers have on families who visit the clinic.
Lacy is eager to enter a career where she can serve people with limited access to healthcare, ensuring philanthropy continues to be a part of her everyday life.
Applied Technology; Horticulture
Orange Passion: Conservation & Education
Jacquelyn Crawford has a strong passion for animals and the environment. Her heart, for wildlife especially, shows in her amount of service at the Oklahoma City Zoo. In addition to serving as a zoo keeper, Jacquelyn is entrusted with a variety of responsibilities including educating younger students about the importance of wildlife conservation.
Jacquelyn’s involvement in her high school’s FFA influenced her work with animals and education. She started volunteering at the Zoo when she was 14 years old and hasn’t looked back. She understands the importance of education and mentoring and applies what she learned to her work with the Boys and Girls Club. In recognizing the need for the program, she found ways to encourage greater involvement.
Jacquelyn gets excited about conserving the world and wants to share her passion with others. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree and continue in conservation.
Orange Passion: Music & Healthcare
Mentorship has played a significant role in Cardin Hart’s philanthropic journey. Starting in high school, Cardin says he was blessed with mentors who encouraged him to serve in various capacities. This influence is evident through his philanthropy on and off campus. Some of these philanthropic activities include United We Send, Helping Hands and Meal Plans, Stamp Out Starvation, along with others.
Cardin found his professional calling serving at Manos Juntos, a free medical clinic. He enjoys serving people who don’t have access to healthcare because he feels like he makes a difference. He plans to attend medical school upon graduation to continue his service in the medical field.
A member of Pokeapella, OSU’s acapella group, Cardin is also passionate about music. He uses this and other musical activities to channel his creativity, be a mentor, and continue his service to others.
Orange Passion: Community Health & Mentoring
Natalie Keirn’s philanthropy and research is centered around her interest and desire to help people live their best lives. She looks at the intersection of physical and mental health and the ways this impacts individuals emotionally and socially.
Her journey of volunteerism began when Natalie saw a newspaper ad looking for part-time assistance for a disabled mother and son. They needed help with everyday tasks, including laundry and cooking. Since then, Natalie has built a strong relationship with the family and continues to help them, though she refuses payment. Inspired by this family, Natalie continues to find opportunities to serve others in different capacities, many times through mentorship.
Investing her time as a role model and mentor is something Natalie sees as truly adding value to the lives of those she serves. She has learned a great deal from her mentors. Their influence and sacrificial love flow into her time spent with young women in YoungLife and undergraduate psychology students Natalie mentors. She strives to help others meet their goals and provides them with encouragement along the way.
Bharatpur, Rajastahan, Nepal
Orange Passion: International Wheat Production
Pratishtha Poudel has a genuine concern for others and seeks to find ways to serve in many ways. Her passion for wheat research is fueled by the benefits it could provide to farmers both here in Oklahoma and in her home country of Nepal. She emphasizes the importance of listening to the true needs of those she’s been able to help.
She utilizes her past experiences in her current role as the president of the Nepalese Student Association. She helped with a large fundraising campaign for relief following the damaging Nepal earthquake in 2015. In order to raise funds, the Association sold shirts, created an online giving campaign and planned a silent auction.
Pratishtha is highly inspired by the rights of women and the influence they have around the world. She plans to continue her philanthropy beyond graduation, encouraging and leading other women around the world to serve their communities.
Orange Passion: Diversity & Mentorship
Legacy is a motivating factor for Jasmyn Lee. Whether through her career or service to others, she wants to leave the world a better place. This pay-it-forward mentality has lead the Lawton junior to pursue a Civil Engineering degree so she can directly influence her community. Jasmyn learned her determination and sense of service from her mother and grandmother who taught her that philanthropy is a core characteristic rather than a body of good work.
Jasmyn strives to be a role model to those around her through her positions in CEAT, residential life, and in her church. As a mentor on campus, she recognizes the opportunity to listen and help younger students in their journeys.
Jasmyn plans to use her experiences in civil engineering and her internship with the Department of Transportation moving forward in her philanthropic work. In her experiences, she has seen the need for diversity and equality in the workforce and works to remedy this for women. Jasmyn says serving in this capacity is the best way she can make a lasting difference.
Orange Passion: Mentorship & Traditions
Rebecca Lane is passionate about mentorship and gives credit to the influential people in her life for teaching her to be a blessing to others. These mentors taught her the importance of philanthropy, which is evident in Rebecca’s service on and off campus.
She aims to improve the lives of others and recognizes the world is changed through many small acts of philanthropy and kindness. Annually, Rebecca volunteers more than 150 hours of her time throughout the Stillwater community in CFC Food Drive, Into the Streets, Reading in Fundamental and others.
Rebecca serves the Alumni Association as the Traditions Executive and emphasizes the importance of connecting alumni. She works diligently to engage students in activities and traditions so the OSU family and network can continue to grow together.
Orange Passion: Stout Hall Living & Learning Community
Whether it’s been collecting canned food, learning to knit or traveling abroad to study other cultures, philanthropy has brought with it a sense of community for Ardmore junior Sarah Oliver.
Sarah has served in various leadership positions at Stout Hall, the Honors College Living and Learning Community, including the philanthropy chair. She is currently the hall’s president. As a freshman, she started a program that redirects leftover meal plan money to the purchase of canned goods for an area food bank. That program continues today, and Sarah is hopeful to inspire and encourage underclassmen new to Stout Hall to discover their passions and look for ways to make a difference.
Sarah defines philanthropy as doing whatever you can with whatever you have for the betterment of society. She plans to graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. She wants to pursue a law degree and practice intellectual property law, helping researchers conceptualize their findings into solutions for the world.
Orange Passion: Mentorship
Service is at the heart of Erin Wood’s philosophy on philanthropy. She says people are put on the earth to do good for others. And while as a student she may not have money to donate, she has the heart to help those around her, giving freely of her time and believing her small actions will yield great results.
On almost any given weekend you can find Erin serving food from either an OSU concession stand or her church’s fellowship hall. At the concession stand she is raising money for travel awards for fellow graduate students and at St. John the Evangelist she prepares and serves meals for student parishioners — something she benefited from and enjoyed as a young undergraduate. Erin also works nearly 50 hours a week in labs on campus and intentionally mentors the younger students who work with her. She says many students are first-generation college graduates and she often reads personal statements and resumes and helps students find ways to become more academically competitive as they seek out next steps in their careers.
Erin wants to pursue a career teaching at the college level where she will be able to solve real-world problems through research and mentorships through her relationships with students. She also aspires to someday be a foster parent.
Orange Passion: Community & Cowboy Family
Emma Woolard was looking for undergraduate research opportunities her freshman year when she stumbled upon her passion for helping others. After she sent an email looking for ways to get involved in research, she found herself at the ground level serving the community and helping launch Our Daily Bread, a new food resource center in Payne County that opened in August 2017.
In a research capacity, she is helping the Department of Agricultural Economics look at the effectiveness of food pantries in decreasing the poverty gap. As an intern at Our Daily Bread, she is helping families down on their luck make ends meet as an integral part of the staff.
The research allows Emma to love and serve others, and she wants to incorporate solving community hunger into her career path. In addition to spending more than 250 volunteer hours at Our Daily Bread, Emma is a YoungLife leader. She recognizes the importance of mentorship as another way to serve the community.
Wirt June Newman Memorial Scholarship
Oklahoma City, OK and San Juan, Puerto Rico
Orange Passion: Diversity & Inclusion
After Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico, OSU-OKC student Lourdes FelixCuret bought a plane ticket to San Juan where her family lives. She sent an email to her professors telling them she’d be out of reach and promised she wouldn’t fall behind in her coursework. Lourdes collected oxygen tanks to bring with her, and she was able to deliver them to a San Juan hospital, saving the life of at least one premature baby boy.
It may seem heroic, but Lourdes, a single mother of a disabled teenager, says life is about staying positive and doing the best you can in every situation.
Aneysha Nayaska, Lourdes’ 15 year-old daughter, is the driving force behind her passions. Nonverbal and immobiel without assistance, Aneysha has no voice unless her mother advocates for her. Lourdes wants to pursue a Juris Doctorate in order to serve families of those with disabilities in the nonprofit sector.
In addition to a full course load and caring for her daughter, Lourdes also looks after her 97 year-old grandmother. In her spare time she volunteers for community initiatives that focus on improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. She is also working to get a 501c3 certification for an organization she started that connects such families with a variety of quality-of-life resources. Lourdes’ ultimate goal is to create a more inclusive world that embraces all members of the disabled community.
Sheryl Benbrook Women for OSU Scholarship
New Kensington, PA
Orange Passion: OSU’s Graduate Community
Ph.D. candidate Ashley Knoch is at home among nature. Her research in integrative biology focuses on the effects of pesticides on bee communities and land-management practices that keep them safe. But as much as she loves the research, Knoch says she makes the biggest impact by inspiring people to get outdoors.
Ashley says she enjoys helping children and adults discover wildlife and encouraging a sense of wonder. By teaching people about bees and other creatures, she hopes others are able to build a greater understanding of the world around them, overcome their fears about wildlife and grow a deeper respect for all living things.
As a volunteer at OSU’s Insect Adventure, Ashley especially enjoys showing middle school girls that science is cool. She also mentors female researchers that are both her colleagues and students in courses she oversees as a graduate teaching assistant. Overall, she tries to make a difference by helping the people in the world around her. Ashley is passionate about OSU’s land-grant mission and wants to pursue a career in research and Extension so she can continue growing her sphere of influence.
Past Scholarship Recipients
- Christina Anaya, Integrative Biology, Fallbrook, CA
- Krista Boston-Fullerton, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Stigler, OK
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Marti Going, Multimedia Journalism, Pryor, OK
- Alysa Hooper, Human Development and Family Science, Norman, OK
- Hannah Langley, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Winfield, KS
- Rebekah Sook, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Midwest City, OK
- Chris Stockton, Management and Accounting, Duncan, OK
- 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
- Haley Baumgardner, Agribusiness, Carrier, OK
- Qualla Parman, Biosystems Engineering, Warner, OK
- Alyssa Peterson, Biological Sciences, Edmond, OK
- Carly Schnaithman, Agribusiness, Garber, OK
- Sara Roberts, Art History, Weatherford, OK
- Rachel Branch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Guthrie, OK
- 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.
To learn more about giving opportunities within Women for OSU, contact Michal Shaw.