Pruitt awarded Dean Ranson Scholarship

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Pruitt awarded Dean Ranson Scholarship

Nov. 4, 2010
Megan Pruitt
Megan Pruitt, a Northwestern Oklahoma State University senior from Ames, is the 2010-2011 recipient of the Dean Ranson Scholarship.

Northwestern Foundation Release

Megan Pruitt, of Ames, is the 2010-2011 recipient of the Dean Ranson Scholarship. She is a senior pursuing her bachelor’s degree in social work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

A grateful Pruitt said scholarships have helped her a lot.

“I’ve had to work my way through high school and college to pay for school,” Pruitt said. “Any scholarship money is very helpful, and I’m very thankful for that. It means a lot to me.”

A member of the choir, a vocal scholar award recipient and a 2010 Ranger Queen candidate, she was listed on the Vice President’s Honor Roll in the spring. She is considering a career in geriatrics or marriage counseling.

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 Pruitt.

“The Ranson scholarship provides much needed support to students from the Major County area and is making a real difference in the lives of its recipients,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, Northwestern president.

Ranson grew up on a family farm southwest of Fairview and graduated from Longdale High School in 1938. On December 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 contributing to scholarships at Northwestern, contact Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at or 580-327-8599.