Eight exceptional students were celebrated during the inaugural Marathon Petroleum Scholarship luncheon, symbolizing the partnership between Choctaw Nation and OSU Institute of Technology to provide high-quality technical education to enrolled members.
Prominent leaders representing Choctaw Nation, Marathon Petroleum and OSUIT gathered to deliver words of encouragement and personalized plaques to Taylor Mobbs, Jace Goff, Hunter Welker, Cooper Graham, Eli Newby, Zane Hendrix, Jakob Dunlap and Bryan Williams. These recognitions shine a spotlight on their remarkable dedication and hard work.
OSUIT Interim Vice President of Operations and former Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs, Chris Benge, expressed immense gratitude for the Choctaw Nation's support, stating, "The partnership between OSUIT and the Choctaw Nation has been a tremendous success story. It exemplifies our shared commitment to advancing education and workforce development for tribal members and beyond."
Through its Higher Education program, the Choctaw Nation is actively investing in the future of its tribal members, generously providing scholarships to those pursuing higher education at OSUIT. This partnership not only empowers individuals but also strengthens Oklahoma's workforce.
The financial assistance, combined with the institute's specialized technical programs and industry-driven curriculum, creates a unique educational opportunity that equips students with the skills necessary to excel in their industry.
Tribal members who receive these scholarships benefit from financial assistance, allowing them to concentrate on their studies and skill development.
"The Choctaw Nation is proud to support its students on their academic journeys. These scholarships are not just about providing financial aid but also fostering a sense of community and pride among our tribal members pursuing higher education," said Seth Fairchild, Executive Director of Cultural Services at Choctaw Nation.
This event is a testament to the transformative power of collaboration between educational institutions and tribal communities, backed by industry support. It reaffirms the Choctaw Nation's commitment to supporting its members in pursuing higher education and career success.