The Norman Transcript


November 20, 2012

OU lauds scholarship winners



A co-founder of the Oklahoma Microfinance Fund, Coker developed the program to assist small business entrepreneurs with obtaining loans and developing a business plan. His entrepreneurial experience includes serving as an associate at the Oklahoma Life Science Fund, where he communicates investment decisions with investors, and as a student assistant for OU’s vice president of strategic planning and economic development. Coker also is a teaching assistant for an OU entrepreneurship course.

As a Mitchell Scholar, Tipps — a 4.0 GPA student and National Merit Scholar — will attend National University Ireland, Galway, for a master’s degree in public law. He has studied at University College Cork in Ireland, where he said he learned “novel methods of caring for a population while preserving cultural and social traditions.”

Tipps will graduate summa cum laude next May with a degree in sociology-criminology. A member of the Quapaw tribe, Tipps plans to begin law school after his year in Ireland and then pursue a career as a tribal attorney.

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are selected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The scholarship covers all educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees.

Up to 40 Marshall Scholarships are awarded annually to U.S. citizens who will have obtained a bachelor’s degree before beginning study overseas. Recipients may choose any institution in the United Kingdom for two, possibly three, years of graduate study. The scholarship covers university fees, cost-of-living expenses, books, research and daily travel grants, and fares to and from the United States. 

Established in 2001, the Mitchell Scholars Program honors former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell for his significant contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. Up to 12 Mitchell scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend.

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