For more than 20 years, the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund has helped the children, grandchildren or legal dependents of OOIDA members pay for higher education.
During OOIDA’s Board of Directors meetings earlier this month in Grain Valley, Mo., the scholarship committee announced the latest class of scholarship recipients. Each year, one $2,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships are awarded. An alternate is also named each year.
The funds are transferred directly to the student’s selected institution and can be renewed for a total of four years.
Since the scholarship was established in 1998, $333,519.25 has been awarded to 100 students. After this fall, the totals are expected to increase to about $350,000 for 105 recipients.
The 2019 winners:
- Briana Jimenez, who received the $2,000 scholarship, is the stepdaughter of OOIDA member Edgar Escalera of Omaha, Neb. Briana is scheduled to graduate from Omaha’s Millard West High School in May. She received an acceptance letter from the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she intends to major in pre-medicine.
- Kincaid Johnson is the stepdaughter of member Philip Ward of Nocona, Texas. Kincaid is scheduled to graduate from Nocona’s Prairie Valley High School in May. She received an acceptance letter from Texas Tech University where she intends to major in kinesiology and pre-physical therapy.
- Emily Holland is the granddaughter of life member Rome Carl Ladd Jr., of Harmony, N.C. Emily is scheduled to graduate from North Iredell High School in Olin, N.C., in June. She plans to study elementary education and special education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
- Hunter Eaton is the grandson of life member James Scales of Ararat, Va. Hunter is scheduled to graduate from Mount Airy High School in North Carolina this June. He plans to major in forestry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
- Diana Tkachuk is the daughter of senior member Mikhail Tkachuk of Newburgh, Ind. Diana is scheduled to graduate from Newburgh’s Castle High School in May. She plans to major in business management at the University of Evansville.
- Caitlynn Doyle, who was named the alternate, is the granddaughter of life member Jackie Doyle of Goodland, Kan. She is scheduled to graduate from Chaparral High School in Anthony, Kan., in May. Caitlynn plans to major in biochemistry and neuroscience at Colorado State University.
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