First recipients of the Tonkawa Arts and Humanities Council Scholarship at Northern Oklahoma College are freshmen Haylee Cantrell of Ponca City and Jordan Wise, Kingston.
Each received a $500 award to be applied to college tuition costs for the 2016-17 academic year.
Cantrell, a Digital Media and Animation major, said, “The scholarship came as a surprise. I was glad to get it. I needed the help.” She is currently exploring her options in the DMAD field before settling on a specific career.
Wise, who is involved in the performing arts as well as visual arts, is active in the Roustabouts and NOC College Choir. “It was a blessing to be selected,” he said. “I would love to be some sort of art teacher, either of children or of more experienced artists.”
The TAHC established the temporarily restricted scholarship through the NOC Foundation, Inc. to benefit NOC Tonkawa students majoring in Art, Creative Writing, Music, Music Theatre or Digital Media Animation and Design.
“Our mission is to give back to the community, including awarding other scholarships and grants,” Kodesh said. “To date, $4,000 has been awarded in scholarships. We’re happy to give back to the arts through education.”
Since its beginnings in 2013, the organization has made financial contributions and awarded grants to Tonkawa Public Schools and Blackwell Public Schools to support various projects and has awarded 10 scholarships to students attending Arts Adventure camps the past two years. An application for grants, which can be downloaded or submitted on line, is available at www.tonkawaartsandhumanitiescouncil.com, and a scholarship application form will soon be available on the website.