OBU Students Receive Scholarships

Two Oklahoma Baptist University students were honored with scholarships this summer.

OBU alum Brittany Cook, a 2008 graduate from Norman, Okla., received a $1,500 scholarship from Oklahoma Women in Baptist Life to use toward her studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., this fall.

Oklahoma Women in Baptist Life is an independent organization which encourages and supports women students who plan to attend seminary to pursue graduate study in response to God's calling for their lives.

Cook, who is a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Norman, plans to complete a master's degree in the arts of theology program at Fuller. Upon completing her master's degree, she plans to pursue a doctorate in religious studies at the University of Cambridge or Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

"After reflecting on my passions and gifts, I decided to pursue a career in religious education," Cook said. "Reading, discussing ideas, and the constant challenge and refining processes of the academic community fire my aspirations for investing in the lives of college students.

"It was an honor beyond words to have Dr. Mack Roark present me with the scholarship at the Baptist Women's Luncheon this spring."

Da-Nell Rogers, a rising junior from Yuma, Ariz., received an undergraduate scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year from Phi Eta Sigma, the nation's oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines.

Phi Eta Sigma awarded 70 members nationwide a total of about $250,000 in endowed scholarships and awards for undergraduate and graduate studies this year. The organization has more than 900,000 members who have been inducted since its conception in 1923.

Students elected to membership must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any first year, full-time curricular period. They also must rank in the upper 20 percent of their class. Rogers is a strategic communications major with a goal of working as a public relations representative for a national Christian broadcasting organization, following graduation from OBU. She also is considering pursuing graduate work and perhaps a law degree.

"My (grade point average) is extremely important to me, so I work very hard," Rogers said. "I make my studies my top priority. I am a strong believer in working at everything as if you are working for the Lord. I feel honored to have received this scholarship."

With 353 campus chapters nationwide, Rogers faced steep competition for the scholarship, said Dr. Ben Myers, assistant professor of English and OBU's faculty sponsor for Phi Eta Sigma.

"Da-Nell has thus distinguished herself as one of the most promising young scholars in the country," Myers said. "I'm delighted that one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor societies sees fit to bestow a portion of its significant resources upon an OBU student.