Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards $217,500 to 145 Area High School Seniors

 The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees awarded 145 area high school seniors with a total of $217,500 in scholar awards through the Community Foundation Scholars program. The recipients, who represent 51 public and private high schools located in four counties within central Oklahoma, will each receive a $1,500 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

"We believe our scholarship program is an investment in our community's future," says Nancy B. Anthony, executive director. "We are pleased to honor these deserving students with scholar awards that are made possible by many generous donors and their desire to provide opportunities for others."

Established through the Trustee Scholarship Initiative, the Community Foundation Scholars program rewards students who qualify in the following areas: students who might not otherwise qualify for awards based solely on academic standards, but have demonstrated that they are good students and good citizens; and students who will be the first in their family to attend college. First-generation students must apply as juniors and agree to complete a series of activities designed to prepare them for college. To ensure their students are eligible for the awards, each school's guidance counselor must participate in the Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network, a free program that provides training opportunities on college admissions and financial aid practices.

In 1998, the Trustee Scholarship Initiative was created to encourage more students in central Oklahoma to further their education after high school. In addition to the Community Foundation Scholars program, the Initiative includes scholarship programs for students who graduate from high school while in Oklahoma's foster care system, adult students and nurses. Since its inception, the Initiative has awarded $4.37 million in scholarship funds to 3,947 students in central Oklahoma.

Below is a list of the 2012 Community Foundation Scholar recipients by high school.

ASTEC Charter
Vu Hoang
Malycia Lewis

Bethany High School
Kelsey Douglas
Carmen Ramos
Nestor Ruiz
Zachary Sipes

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School
Zackary Barreto 

Capitol Hill High School
Shiloh Fowler

Carl Albert High School
Rachel Lindsay
Mary Searock
Dylan Smith-Sutton
Tyler Williams

Casady School
Rachel Nolting

Choctaw High School
Lacey Hooten
John Pettigrew

Christian Heritage Academy
Wesley McDonald 

Classen School of Advanced Studies
Lindsay Barron
Valerie Owens
Stanley Singer Jr.

Crooked Oak High School
Abigail Roberts 

Deer Creek High School
William Dinkines
Ryan McCord
Sehrish Noorali

Del City High School
Marisol Medellin
Jamie Shawver
Kemi Sogunro
David Thibodeaux
Kelsey Webb
Mikhayla Westbrook
Mary Williams 

Douglass High School
Katrina Mitchell 

Edmond Memorial High School
William King
Emma Ryan
Chase Thackerson 

Edmond North High School
Alexandra Brooks
Levi Horton
Hayden Lenon
Zoe Pike

Edmond Santa Fe High School
Alexa Chance
Jacklyn Chappell
Lindsay Weiss 

El Reno High School
Jordan Weaver 

Emerson Alternative High School
Octavia Jordan

Guthrie High School
John Clark
Angela Hardin  

Harding Charter Preparatory School
Brianna Barry
Leslie Farias
Cristina Galicia
Sarahi Garcia
Sarah Kirby
Marisol Lopez
Mercades Richard 

Harding Fine Arts Center
Jonathan Guerrero 

Harrah High School
Haley Stevens 

Heritage Hall
Spencer Ivy 

John Marshall High School
Kristina Berry
Bria Thompson 

Jones High School
Christopher Humphrey
Courtney Jones
Alixahndrea Mashburn
Haylee Partlow 

Luther High School
Ryan Stults 

Midwest City High School
Alexus Barclay
Lauren Clonts
Angele Hebert
Amber Wilson

Millwood High School
Lady Alberta Connelly

Moore High School
Abby Archer
Sonja Ingram
Meaghan Moody
Courtney Thornton 

Mount St. Mary Catholic High School
Teryn Martin
Joseph D. Reis-Herron
Jessica Reyes
Anthony Wilson 

Mustang High School
Sydney Blair
Sierra Gilbert
Amy Le
Lauren Nelson
Jessica Nguyen
Shea Ransome
Viet Tran

Norman High School
Zachary Arrington
Claire Milligan
Brandon Reeves 

Norman North High School
Ashley Chrisman
Justine Smitherman
Emilee Thagard    

Northeast Academy
Lynae Dowdell 

Northwest Classen High School
Prisma Duque
Becky Lavarn
Anhton Nguyen
Baotruyen Nguyen
Thi Nguyen
MyTien Pham
Carlos Rivera

Oklahoma Centennial High School
Arion Thomas

Oklahoma Christian Academy
Laryn Dodd

Oklahoma Christian Schools
Logan Magill 

Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Catherine Peters 

Piedmont High School
Anna Ayadpoor
Conner Spradlin 

Putnam City High School
Joshua Birdwell
Taylor Davis
Ana Escobar
Steven Starks 

Putnam City North High School
Stephanie Amorim
Karis Cline
Rylee Flowers
Anh Lam
Krystyan Ramdass
Tallie Thompson
Alan Tran 

Putnam City West High School
Kelsi Gentry
Ashley Hodge
Ashlee Scott
Marisa Velasco 

Santa Fe South High School
Kassandra Amezquita
Jennifer Nunez 

Southeast High School
Jairo Diaz
Eric Pham 

Southmoore High School
Christian Howard
Diem Nguyen
Devin Peden
Amanda Perry
Kathleen Romano

Star Spencer High School
Breionna Hayes
MyNiah Phillips
Tiana Smith 

U.S. Grant High School
Brenda Cardenas
Saith Correa
Jocelyn Marquez
Anna Miranda
Carlos Morales

Western Heights High School
Briana Flatley
Adriana Lujan
Ashley Magallanes 

Westmoore High School
Alexandra Brown
Riley Cole
Kristen Davenport
Aaron Kwei 

Yukon High School
Stephanie Braine
Juliann Moss
Brian Powell
Caitlyn Stanley

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit the community both now and in the future. For more information about the Trustee Scholarship Initiative and the more than 100 independent scholarship and award funds administered, go to www.occf.org/scholarshipcenter.

To view photos of the 2012 Community Foundation Scholars, go to http://on.fb.me/CFS2012.

Last updated on April 11, 2012