Wagenbach receives graduate scholarship

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Wagenbach receives graduate scholarship

 Rebekah Wagenbach receives a Westerners International scholarship from Kent McInnis, the chairman of the board of directors of the organization.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduate student Rebekah Wagenbach receives a Westerners International scholarship from Kent McInnis, the chairman of the board of directors of the organization.

Rebekah Wagenbach, a graduate student from Kiowa, Kan., studying in Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s new Master of Arts in American Studies degree program, received a $1,000 scholarship from Westerners International, a non-profit foundation that stimulates interest and research in the history of the North American West.

Dr. Shawn Holliday, associate dean of graduate studies, recommended Wagenbach for the scholarship for her leadership and service to the Triple R Corral of Westerners International campus club, of which she serves as president. This is the first scholarship awarded to a Northwestern graduate student in recent years.

To receive her scholarship, Wagenbach attended the Western History Association convention in Newport Beach, Calif., where Westerners International held its awards ceremony. She plans to use the scholarship for research and travel expenses while writing her thesis, which concerns Calamity Jane and other atypical women of the west.

Westerners International’s home office is based at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City but has established chapters both nationally and internationally. The organization began sponsoring campus chapters in order to recruit new and younger members. It offers not only scholarship opportunities but also a place to publish papers and research projects for its graduate student members. It is because of these opportunities that Northwestern’s Graduate Office has partnered with Westerners International.

To learn more about the campus organization or Northwestern’s graduate program, please contact Holliday at (580) 327-8589 or spholliday@nwosu.edu.

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