Newkirk students receive support from anonymous donor

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Newkirk students receive support from anonymous donor

Aug. 19, 2011

This fall, Northwestern Oklahoma State University students from Newkirk will benefit from $20,000 in scholarship support provided by an anonymous donor.

The Newkirk Recruiting Scholarship was established to assist Newkirk graduating high school seniors who are in pursuit of higher education at Northwestern, with second preference given to graduates from Kay County. The donor has pledged an additional $80,000 over the next four years.

“There has been a significant increase in interest from students at Newkirk High School,” Matt Adair, Northwestern director of recruitment, said. “For the first time in nearly a decade, we were given the opportunity to address the entire senior class about the advantages of a Northwestern education. The school administration was very impressed with the investment the Northwestern community was willing to make in their students.”

The scholarship will be awarded in a manner that best supports the interest of increasing the numbers of students enrolling from the Newkirk area. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, the scholarship may be renewed for up to four years if requirements are met and may be applied toward university-related expenses, such as tuition, fees, room, board and books.

“Northwestern is excited to have the ability to provide financial assistance to Newkirk-area students,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “Our affordability and outstanding financial aid program make Northwestern an exceptional value in higher education. This gift represents a commitment to the residents of Newkirk, and we are very grateful.”

To be considered for this scholarship, students must apply with the Northwestern Financial Aid Office or the Northwestern Recruiting Office before July 1 prior to the fall they plan to attend Northwestern. After July 1, the scholarship can be offered to any Kay County students. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and meet Northwestern admission standards.

“Scholarships provide incentive and reward for our prospective students,” Adair said. “In the recruitment office, we work hard to provide students with information that details all the tremendous advantages of an education from Northwestern.

“When this information includes scholarship opportunities, it makes it very easy for a student to choose Northwestern for their higher education.”

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