Tulsa Tech Awards Foundation of Excellence Scholarships

The Tulsa Tech Education Foundation recently awarded eight current and qualified adult students $500-$1,000 each through the Foundation of Excellence Scholarship program. Rocky DeCamp, Kirk George, Trisha Ann Locke, Hayden McAbee, Arysson Stolicny, Leticia Stone, Dalton Wilson, and Derek Zyburt were all awarded scholarships based upon merit and performance in the classroom. The individual recipients were honored with a check presentation and award earlier this summer at Tulsa Tech’s Skyline administration campus.

Each of the students were selected from four areas of training, including Manufacturing, Aviation, Automotive and Construction. Nominated by both their instructor and counselor, these students displayed outstanding characteristics in the classroom and in their chosen career field.

Nominated students were asked to complete an application, including a short essay describing why they chose their particular area of study, and outlining their goals for the future. Scholarship finalists were selected from this field through a Tulsa Tech Education Foundation committee, and interviewed by the Foundation Board of Directors, before determining the final award recipients.

Dalton Wilson, a former Machining Tech II student and a recent graduate of Catoosa High School, is very thankful to be a Foundation scholarship recipient and believes it will help pick up some of the costs associated with his career field.

“I’m very thankful to receive the scholarship,” Wilson said. “Putting that money to the side can make it much easier to afford the tools and equipment I will need in the future.”

Liberty High School graduate and former Medium Heavy Duty Truck student, Kirk George, has worked towards an internship at Caterpillar’s Cat Dealer Prep program at Oklahoma State University, and plans on using his scholarship funds to continue his education.

“I will use this scholarship to help pay for my tuition and books at OSUIT,” George said. “Eventually I hope to work on diesel machinery in the field as a tech, and possibly one day even own my own shop.”

Hayden McAbee, a scholarship recipient in the Aviation Maintenance Technician program, moved here from Asheville, North Carolina in 2015 to pursue his goal of becoming an FAA certified aviation mechanic. After graduation, McAbee plans on returning to his home state to operate a private air maintenance facility with his father.

“I would not be able to accomplish any of my career goals without obtaining my aircraft mechanic license,” McAbee said. “And the Foundation’s generous contributions toward my tuition will certainly help my dream come true. I am very appreciative of this gift.”

Scholarship recipient Trisha Ann Locke, a single mom in the Carpentry program at Tulsa Tech’s Sand Springs campus, and First Place title holder for SkillsUSA Regional Cabinetmaking Competition, is truly thankful for the recognition.

“I am currently unemployed, so this award will help so much until I complete school,” Locke said. “I would like to thank the Foundation for their recognition, and helping to relieve a substantial amount of pressure from my life, thank you.”

Robert Franklin, Associate Superintendent of Student Affairs, feels it is extremely important to recognize the accomplishments and dedication of each of these outstanding students.

“We are very excited to be able to provide these students with the resources to continue their education here at Tulsa Tech,” Franklin said. “Each student is well deserving and will be a tremendous asset in the workforce, and their future looks very bright.”

On behalf of the Tulsa Tech family, and students, congratulations to these talented students for their exceptional performance this past year, and for being such incredible ambassadors and advocates for all of Oklahoma Career Tech.

If you’re currently looking for exciting classes for high school and adult students, quality business and industry training, or working toward a new career, Tulsa Tech invites you to visit today. For more information, please call 918-828-5000.

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