OKLAHOMA CITY — Frederick High School graduate Kennedy Ballard is the recipient of the Benny McReynolds Memorial Scholarship and Chattanooga High School graduate Hayden Crow is one of 10 recipients of the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.
Ballard is attending Western Oklahoma State College in Altu, and Crow is attending Oklahoma State University.
McReynolds was a Frederick High School graduate and the scholarship was established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 2010 through a gift from his estate.
The $2,000 award is renewable for four years. Frederick High School graduating seniors who plan to attend Western Oklahoma State College are eligible to apply.
Watson was a longtime chair and CEO of Shamrock Bancshares and established the scholarship bearing her name at the foundation in 2010 to provide educational opportunities for rural Oklahoma students. The award amount varies up to $10,000 and is renewable for four years. Graduating seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 who attend high school in one of 62 rural Oklahoma counties and demonstrate exceptional ability in arts and humanities, science and engineering or community leadership are eligible to apply.
In total, the foundation awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships this year to more than 650 students through the state’s largest independent scholarship program. The scholarships were established by a variety of donors to help students further their education beyond high school.
Graduating seniors from all 77 Oklahoma counties may be eligible to apply for scholarships for the upcoming year. Online applications open Oct. 1. To learn more about the scholarships available through the foundation, visit occf.academicworks.com.
The foundation was established in 1969 and is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit the community. To learn more visit www.occf.org.