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USAO Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship Fund Started

The USAO Alumni Association is giving individuals another way to honor friends, professors, classmates and family who have passed away with the Memorial Scholarship.

“The Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship given in honor of those who have passed away. The scholarship may include several names and, depending on the amount, given to many different students,” said Eric Feuerborn, director of alumni development.

“Unlike an endowed scholarship, all the proceeds are distributed during that academic year. The scholarship basically ‘re-sets’ itself each year with new people honored. It is a great way to honor family members, friends and those people who may not necessarily be associated with the university. There is no minimum amount to honor someone.”

The first scholarship will be awarded during the 2012-13 academic year. USAO alum Laron Short, a 2010 graduate who passed away in the tornado that stuck Chickasha in May, is the first person to be remembered with this scholarship. In addition, an endowed Laron Short scholarship has been established and will be awarded on an annual basis when the $2,500 level is reached. Members of the USAO Alumni Board of Directors gave individually to honor Laron during their June board meeting.

“The Memorial Scholarship will honor Laron and others next year. This gives those who wish the opportunity to immediately honor a loved one and to benefit a student, while an endowed scholarship gives the opportunity to honor someone over many years,” said Feuerborn, who graduated from USAO in 1990.

For more information on the Memorial Scholarship, visit alumni development at 405.574.1320 or