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Seven Oklahoma students receive Sam Noble Scholarships

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ARDMORE, Okla. Noble Research Institute announced the 2016 recipients of the Sam Noble Scholarships, awarding $93,750 in scholarships to seven southern Oklahoma students.

Sam Noble Scholarships assist both undergraduate and graduate students studying agriculture and technology. The 2016 Sam Noble Scholarship recipients are:

  • Shiann Burns, first-year graduate student, animal science, Madill.
  • Victoria Chapman, freshman, agribusiness, Dickson.
  • Michael Evens, first-year technology student, automotive technology, Marlow.
  • Trenton Fletcher, freshman, rangeland ecology, Fox.
  • Lane Tuck, first-year technology student, natural gas compression, Wright City.
  • Jacob Wade, freshman, agribusiness and pre-veterinary, Ringling.
  • Kristal Williams, second-year graduate student, agricultural communications, Latta.

"This scholarship is highly competitive, and the students have worked diligently throughout their academic careers to earn the award," said Mary Kate Wilson, director of philanthropy, engagement and project management for the Noble Research Institute. "We look forward to watching the students excel in their future endeavors and create a positive impact in the fields of agriculture and technology."

Agriculture undergraduate scholarships are $2,500 per semester for as many as nine semesters, and graduate awards are for $3,125 per semester for up to five semesters. Technology students receive scholarships of up to $1,875 per semester for two years.

Sam Noble, for whom the scholarships are named, bequeathed funding to establish the program in 1992. The first scholarships were awarded in 1999. To date, the Noble Research Institute has awarded more than $2,599,500 to 195 students. "Mr. Noble's thoughtfulness has helped each of these students receive one of the most important tools for life - an education," Wilson said. "It is remarkable how one man's generosity has forever changed so many lives."

Scholarship applications for the 2017 application period may be requested through the Noble Research Institute website or by calling 580-224-6247. Agricultural scholarships are limited to students pursuing an agriculture-related degree at universities with a separate college or division of agriculture. Technology scholarship applicants must be attending or planning to attend Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee or Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City.

Applicants for the Sam Noble Scholarship must reside in one of the following southern Oklahoma counties: Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Coal, Garvin, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, Murray, Pontotoc, Pushmataha or Stephens. An external committee selects the recipients.

Additional information about the Sam Noble Scholarship Program is available online at noble.org/sam-noble-scholarship.

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve regenerative land stewardship in grazing animal production with producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

For media inquiries concerning the Noble Research Institute, please contact:
J. Adam Calaway, Director of Communications and Public Relations
580-224-6209 | 580-224-6208 fax

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