Agriculture education students to benefit from Wisdom scholarship endowment

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Agriculture education students to benefit from Wisdom scholarship endowment

March 28, 2011

Students majoring in the new agriculture education program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be eligible to receive some financial assistance thanks to a recently established scholarship endowment by the Wisdom Family Foundation.

The Foundation presented Northwestern with a $205,000 gift, with $200,000 establishing the endowment and $5,000 to be awarded for the academic year beginning in the fall.

“The continuing support of Northwestern by the Wisdom Family Foundation is truly humbling, but also is creating a sense of excitement and anticipation that is evident in our students,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “Dr. Peggy Wisdom and the members of the Foundation have been unwavering supporters of our agriculture education program and their gifts have been nothing short of transformational in the development and success of the program.”

The Wisdom Family Foundation previously endowed a faculty chair position in the agriculture education program, provided major funding for the program’s new facility at the University Farm, and provided farming implements to the agriculture department.

Dr. Wisdom, chairman of the Wisdom Family Foundation and the daughter of the late C.W. and Grace Wisdom, said agriculture played a prominent part in her family’s life.

“My grandfather emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1883 and homesteaded in the Cheyenne-Arapaho land run,” Dr. Wisdom said. “After the land run, he established his farming and shorthorn cattle operation in Okeene. All of the children and grandchildren were taught an appreciation of the land and everyone grew up with an interest in farming.

“Many of my fondest memories include summers in the wheat field watching my father (C.W. Wisdom) drive the combine and tractor and playing in the raw wheat at harvest time. My father was a business person who also believed in the importance of farming to Oklahoma’s economy and also believed in investing in rural communities to ensure that farmers had opportunities to develop their farming operations and sell their products.”

The scholarship will be awarded to full-time students in the agriculture education program in their junior and senior year. Applicants must be residents of Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Kingfisher, Major, Woods or Woodward counties or a graduate from a high school in one of the counties.

Additional requirements include admission into Northwestern’s teacher education program, a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and strong personal characteristics.

Application information is available through faculty in the agriculture department.