Six OSU Students Receive Matthew 25:40 ScholarshipsWed, 02 Nov 2011 10:25:52 CDT
Six Oklahoma State University students received Matthew 25:40 scholarships. This scholarship provides an additional incentive for students to travel abroad to participate in community improvement projects in developing countries.
Richard Moore, Ashley Hesser, Shannon Watson, Patrick Bell, Jessi Lay and Lexi Almy are the recipients of the scholarship.
Bell, a graduate student in Plant and Soil Sciences and International Agriculture, said the Matthew 25:40 scholarship assisted him in solidifying his passion for serving others using the experience and education he has been blessed with.
The scholarship was set up by Wes and Lou Watkins due to their belief in the virtues of helping under-served communities in other countries and as a means to both improve their quality of life and to allow students to serve as positive representatives of Oklahoma and the United States.
Students who received the Wes and Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 scholarship visited with Wes Watkins about their academic projects. The purpose of the scholarship is to allow Oklahoma State University students to receive additional incentive to travel abroad to participate in community improvement projects in developing countries. Pictured above are Richard Moore, Ashley Hesser, Wes Watkins, Shannon Watson, Patrick Bell and Mike Dicks, professor, agricultural economics and Wes and Lou Watkins Chair of International Trade and Development. Scholars not pictured include Lexi Almy and Jesi Lay, also not pictured is Lou Watkins.
To receive the scholarship the recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at OSU or part-time in the summer session; scholarships are given to students nominated by the colleges and academic programs granted for study abroad; priority goes to students who actively participate in non-traditional study opportunities in underdeveloped countries addressing issues of hunger, health, education and poverty and preference will be given to on incoming student from Northern Oklahoma College, who intends to complete their education at OSU.
"Being a Matthew 25:40 Scholar shaped my life more than I thought possible," said Ashley Hesser, Nutritional Sciences senior. "Because of the opportunity the scholarship gave, I was able to go to South Africa for the first time this summer and I realized I'm called to go back once I graduate in December. The people that I met and realities that I saw made me realize the difference I can make and the lessons I can learn. This wouldn't have been possible had I not received the Matthew 25:40 scholarship."
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