Fishers establish scholarship to benefit Northwestern education students

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Fishers establish scholarship to benefit Northwestern education students

October 19, 2016 

While some things may change, education remains a constant theme in the lives of Dr. Deena Fisher, Dean for Northwestern’s Woodward campus, and Tom Fisher, former Assistant Superintendent of Woodward Public Schools. The passion the couple has for their profession has led them to establish the Dr. Deena and Tom Fisher Scholarship at Northwestern Oklahoma State University to support students pursuing a degree in education.

“Tom and Deena have dedicated their lives to public education and improving the lives of students, so it is no surprise they would choose to financially support students at Northwestern,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “To their core, they believe in the power of education. We are very appreciative of their gift, but even more importantly, we are grateful for their life’s work in touching the lives of students at multiple levels.”

Fisher ScholarshipPICTURED RIGHT: Dr. Deena Fisher (right), Dean of Northwestern's Woodward campus, stands with the deSERVING Ranger Award student recipient, Shelby Lamberth (left), at Spring Reunion on April 30, 2016.

With more than 30 years’ experience in education, Dr. Fisher holds her master’s of education in both social science and school counseling and her doctorate in higher education administration. She understands the important role education played in her life as a first-generation college student.

“I am the first member of my family to graduate from college,” said Dr. Fisher. “I want to help other students experience the doors that are opened to them with a university degree.”

Tom, a 1966 alumnus, returned to Northwestern to receive his master’s in secondary schools administration in 2005. He was honored in 2016 as Northwestern’s Outstanding Graduate in Education with more than 50 years of experience. He says education has made a tremendous impact on his life.

“My education experience and degrees earned from Northwestern have opened doors that otherwise would have never been opened,” said Tom. “These opportunities have allowed me to advance from a beginning teacher to the position of Assistant Superintendent. Since Northwestern has given so much to me, it is only fitting for me to give back to Northwestern and its students.”

Serving as the Dean of Northwestern’s Woodward campus since 1996, Dr. Fisher sees education impacting the lives of her students on a daily basis. She especially loves graduations, held in the winter and spring each year.

“I always look forward to the excitement from students as they celebrate their graduation. It is a joy as students take the time to email me, write me, or tell me in person what getting their degree has meant to them and has helped them to become a business manager, bank vice president, nurse, psychologist, detective or case worker.”

PICTURED LEFT: Tom Fisher speaks after being recognized as Northwestern's Outstanding Graduate in Education at Spring Reunion 2016.

Tom FisherThe couple hopes this scholarship will help a new teacher emerge as debt-free as possible, “so they can concentrate on their studies without the distractions of heavy debt,” said Dr. Fisher.

The recipient of the Dr. Deena and Tom Fisher scholarship must be a full-time, continuing student at Northwestern and maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5. The recipient also must be an education major. Candidates will be chosen by the Northwestern Scholarship Committee based on recommendations from the English department. The scholarship may be applied toward University related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, room and board.

For more information on the Dr. Deena and Tom Fisher Scholarship or about investing in Northwestern students, call Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at 580-327-8593 or email him at