Dean Ranson Scholarship awarded

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Dean Ranson Scholarship awarded

December 9, 2011

 Danielle Hubble
Danielle Hubble

 Chase Ratzlaff
Chase Ratzlaff

Northwestern Foundation Release

Danielle Hubble, of Fairview, and Chase Ratzlaff, of Ringwood, are the 2011-2012 recipients of the Dean Ranson Scholarship at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The Dean Ranson Scholarship was established at Northwestern in 2003 in honor of Ranson, of Fairview, by his daughters and their families, Rita and Jeral Cain, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Janis and Robert Johnson, of Montclair, Va. The scholarship provides financial assistance to full-time continuing Northwestern students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. First preference is given to applicants from Major County, like Hubble and Ratzlaff.

“It’s helped me get through college,” Hubble said. “It cuts the stress.”

Ratzlaff said he is thankful for the help the scholarship provides, which eases the burden of paying for a college education.

“Any financial aid is beneficial,” he said. “Every little bit helps.”

Ratzlaff, a senior majoring in biology, transferred to Northwestern from Oklahoma State University in part because of the small class sizes and reasonable price. He plans to go to optometry school next fall and has been preparing for his career by working for Dr. Don Diehl in Enid and joining the Medical Sciences Club.

“Hopefully I can make them [my donors] proud in the future,” an appreciative Ratzlaff said.

Hubble, a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in political science, plans to pursue a master’s degree in political science with a public administration emphasis after graduating in May. Hubble said she became interested in political science after taking Dr. Aaron Mason’s government class, and in the future, she would like to work for a state agency or political campaign.

Currently, she works on campus as an ITV assistant and is active in Wesley House, the United Methodist Student Union at Northwestern, and the Community Education Response Team, or CERT, which works to prevent violence against women. She has been a member of the Psychology Club, serving as president for two years, and now serves as president of College Republicans.

This scholarship is particularly special to Hubble, who met the Ranson family through church.

“Growing up around them, it’s neat to get a scholarship from them to help with my future,” she said gratefully. “It meant a lot.”

Ranson grew up on a family farm southwest of Fairview and graduated from Longdale High School in 1938. On Dec. 23, 1942, he married Ethel Martin, who preceded him in death in July 1989. He graduated from Northwestern State College in 1943 with a degree in physics and mathematics, and, following graduation, he served 34 months with the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. After receiving his military discharge, he taught high school for one year at Zenda, Kan.

In 1947, he moved back to Fairview to begin his 55-year career with the Farmers and Merchants National Bank. Ranson served the bank in various positions before being elected president in 1972. In 1985, he was elected chairman of the board and in 1988 became CEO.

During his banking career, he provided leadership to many civic and community organizations. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. In 1990, he married Mary Teske. In 2002, Ranson received the Fairview Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, and he retired from Farmers and Merchants National Bank that same year. He passed away in 2007.

For more information about investing in students at Northwestern, contact Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at or 580-327-8599.