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Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards $338,000 in Scholarships to 169 Metro-Area High School Students

Graduating Seniors Each Receive $2,000 Community Foundation Scholars Award

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding $338,000 in scholarships to 169 graduating seniors from 53 central Oklahoma high schools. Awarded through the Community Foundation Scholars program, the scholarships are a portion of more than $2 million that the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award to students throughout Oklahoma this year.

“It is thanks to our generous donors who recognize the educational and financial challenges students encounter that the Community Foundation has become the state’s largest independent scholarship provider,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “We’re thrilled to support education for this group of students, especially 72 New Opportunities Scholars who will be charting a new course as the first members of their families to attend college.”

Through the Community Foundation Scholars program, graduating seniors from 53 central Oklahoma high schools may apply for scholarships. Recipients include students who may not be eligible for the most competitive academic scholarships, but are good students and actively serve their communities, as well as students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award for the 2020-2021 academic year.

To ensure students are eligible for the awards, each school’s guidance counselor must participate in the Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network, a free program offered by the Community Foundation that provides training opportunities on college admissions and financial aid practices.

Following are the Community Foundation Scholars recipients for the 2020-21 academic year:

ASTEC Charter School: Jandi Barrios, Melissa Belmonte, Wendy Briones, Bryan Marquez, Diana Martinez, Gael Noriega, George Patterson-Tellez, Isela Rios, Luis Rosales-Chavira

Bethany High School: Hunter Mullins, Micah Pennington, Rachel Wiens

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School: Coleman Bardell, Grayson Russell, Dennis Velasco

Capitol Hill High School: Darian Calfy, Daniel Lopez

Carl Albert High School: Kathryn Souza, Lane Youngblood

Casady School: Tylar Lason

Choctaw High School: Olivia Cruz, Cole Watkins

Christian Heritage Academy: Elise Wall

Classen School of Advanced Studies: Sergio Hernandez, Rem Iang, Eric Martinez, Sheila Nguyen, Michelle Taffe, Keren Turcios Ortega, Angelina Williamson, Kya Wilson, Estrella Zarate-Martinez

Community Christian School: Madison Buchanan

Crooked Oak High School: Esmeralda Castaneda, Kate Contreras, Citlaly Espinoza, Jessica Sanchez

Crossings Christian School: Sawyer Turner

Deer Creek High School: Vandad Asadi, Nevaeh Jefferson, Megan Neaves, Madelyn Puckett

Del City High School: Ashli Acosta Rojas, Corey Brannon, Julie Glisson, Zoi Washington

Douglass High School: Ty’Tiauna Alsup, Akaari Gallagher

Dove Science Academy OKC: Azrael Cantera, Julian Villaman

Edmond Memorial High School: Janiah Bowers, Keyse Nieto, Khushi Patel

Edmond North High School: Issabel Agbogbo, Valeria Carreno, Gladys Green

Edmond Santa Fe High School: Hailey Grimmett, Thuan Nguyen, Kyleigh Rankin, James Sanderson

El Reno High School: Malik Boland-Pickett, Madyson Carr, Abby Jeffrey

Emerson North High School: Adrian Perez

Emerson South High School: Nyia Graham-Dunn

Guthrie High School: Isabella Lewis, Maeghan Mathews, Trevor Sallee

Harding Charter Preparatory School: Alexandra Ablah, Eduardo Benitez-Mejia, Astrid Ceniceros-Barron, Jesus Hernandez, Gwendolyn Herrada, Fatima Jaime, Evelyn Martinez, Tina Nguyen

Harding Fine Arts Academy: Ivy Archer, Sarah Brady, Jessica Cutzal, Jennifer Rodas-De Leon, Anthony Velasco

Harrah High School: Seth David, Morgan Mann

Heritage Hall: Kennedy Mattocks

John Marshall High School: Daja Dyas, Talayla Hillmon, Najae Marks

Jones High School: Tina Beshears, Strong Moore

Luther High School: Kaylee Garrett

Midwest City High School: Meagan Lancaster, Macalah Ruff

Millwood High School: Jada Wilson

Moore High School: Lathanise Cox-Moscatello, Brooke Halbert, Beyonce Hammond, Giselle Kepple, Aslyn Lansche, Joshua Miles

Mount St. Mary High School: Jackson Boyd, Antonio Leon, Karina Morales

Mustang High School: Zachary Clark, Madeline Nelson, Danny Nguyen

Norman High School: Angelyn Connywerdy, Kaylee-Nicole Eyabi, Diana Roldan Guzman

Norman North High School: Mackenzie Dodson, Kathryn Frank, Elizabeth Mateo-Johnson, Janeth Velasco-Garcia

Northwest Classen High School: Keturah Armbrister, Arlette Barrios, Nory Gonzalez, Keysy Maldonado, Brittany Motes, Jessica Rivas-Calderon

Oklahoma Christian Academy: Abbegayle James

Oklahoma Christian School: Lucy Thomas

Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics: Anika Patel

Piedmont High School: Gitonga Nyaga, Jesse Palmer

Putnam City High School: Christopher Boadi, Hunter Huxman, Caleb King, Alberto Morales Ruiz, Joana Moraz, Colby St. John, Haiqa Zia

Putnam City North High School: Deven Bruner, Jailyn McCoy, Lily Mikes

Putnam City West High School: Silvia Barrios, Amparo Bernabe, Adrienne Doffney, Kelvinson Giron-Gramajo, Claudia Gramajo, Jessica Reyes, Luis Rojas, Mohammad Sajawal, Vanessa Velazquez

Santa Fe South High School: Desiree Dominguez, Aleyda Ibarra Alonso, Ruby Munoz, Eddy Rodriguez, Yuvia Sanchez

Southeast High School: Jesus Barragan, Nia Osita, Angelica Soria, Annett Tineo Henriquez

Southmoore High School: Clare Dooling, Brice Hembree, Robert Parker

Star Spencer High School: Maaliyah Livingston

U.S. Grant High School: Nallely Lopez Ojeda, Galilea Perez

Western Heights High School: Mystery Bennett, Ismael Carrasco, Meloni Dean, Leta Rae Gunner, Linda-Ann Gunner, Karnesha Landry, Jade Langkeit

Westmoore High School: Tyler Cooper, Lauren Harman, Megan Vu

Yukon High School: Keigan Davidson, Benjamin Wilkins

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors throughout the state to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future.

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications from Oklahoma Students for more than $2.5 Million Available in Scholarships

College students walking to class

Oklahoma high school students and college students are invited to apply for nearly $2.5 million available in scholarships through the state’s largest private scholarship program.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation administers an online application system of more than 150 scholarship opportunities available to students with many interests and backgrounds. Some scholarships target academic achievement, while others consider community service contributions. There are scholarships for students who attend specific colleges or universities, and there are others for students in certain fields of study.

Students can easily apply for scholarships specific to their interests by filling out a general application at occf.academicworks.com. Once submitted, the online system evaluates each application to match students with the scholarship opportunities that fit their qualifications.

Each scholarship opportunity is supported through contributions from countless private donors dedicated to enriching educational opportunity for thousands of young Oklahomans. While the average scholarship is $2,000, there are also scholarships available with awards of more than $10,000.

“Each year, we award scholarships to more than 800 students,” said Nancy Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation president. “Through the support of our donors, the community foundation has established itself as the place to find scholarships in Oklahoma.”

Chris Coronado is one Oklahoma student who is grateful for the support he received from the Community Foundation’s scholarship program. A graduate of Oklahoma City’s Southeast High School in 2016, Chris was the first in his family to attend college. The Community Foundation provided him with a New Opportunities Scholarship, a scholarship designated for first-generation students, as well as the Frierson Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to sophomores, juniors and seniors. He is now a senior at the University of Oklahoma with plans to enroll in medical school after graduation.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the Community Foundation’s support for me and other students who are like me,” Coronado said. “They have stood with us, helping to open the doors to opportunities for education, careers and successful lives.”

“Administering our scholarship program is among the most fulfilling things we do,” said Anthony. “We are grateful to our many benefactors, who share the same value for education and the same enthusiasm for the future of our state.”

Scholarship application deadlines vary with most ranging from February to June. Students are encouraged to visit OCCF.academicworks.com to apply.