Last year, the Executive Board of Oklahoma City/Norman Chapter of the University of Oklahoma Black Alumni Society and friends, announced that $14,000 in scholarships were awarded to eight African American students from the Oklahoma City metropolitan area for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The chapter also announced that a previous four year scholarship recipient graduated from OU in May. Kristen E. Cash, a 2011 Oklahoma City Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering graduate, was awarded a BA degree in human relations, and will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma.
Two new scholarships were awarded. Solana Ceville, a 2015 Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering graduate, was awarded the fifth annual Dr. LaMona Evans Groce Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship ($1,000); and an Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Scholarship ($1,000). Kourtney-Marie C. Eyabi, a 2015 Carl Albert Senior High School graduate, was awarded an Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Scholarship ($2,000). Each scholarship is 50 percent cash and 50 percent tuition waiver. Both Ceville and Eyabi are members of the prestigious OU Henderson Scholars Program.
Additionally, the following six students, who are OU upperclassmen, received continued scholarships based upon their academic performance: Emma Easiley, 2nd year from Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering ($2,ooo); Tayera E. Ellis, 3rd year from Harding Preparatory Charter School ($1,000); Alicia Hale, 3rd year from Midwest City High School ($2,000); Alisha Ward, 3rd year from Star Spencer High School ($2,000); Justin C. Mallory, 4th year from Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering ($2,000); and Jimmie E. Watts, 4th year from Douglass High School ($1,000). Alicia Hale is a member of the prestigious OU Henderson Scholars Program.
The Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Scholarship, named for Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, who in 1948 was the plaintiff in a precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court case, Sipuel vs. Oklahoma, which provided for the admission of African-American students to pursue higher education in professional and graduate programs. In 1949 Mrs. Fisher entered the OU College of Law and earned her juris doctorate in 1951, and later earned a masters degree in history from OU. These scholarships are funded from proceeds from the annual Ada Lois Sipuel Scholarship Golf Tournament. The 18th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament was held July 11, 2015 at the OU Jimmie Austin Golf Course in Norman.