Jennifer Litchfield, Oklahoma City, and Wade Witcher, Broken Arrow, have been selected for the prestigious W.W. Allen Scholars Program at Oklahoma State University. The program is designed for top academic students, who also show significant promise in leadership and career ambition.
The W.W. Allen Scholars program was formed to develop some of the nation’s top engineering graduates. This award includes more than $135,000 in scholarship, enrichment activities, professional development and national and international travel, followed by full tuition and housing for one year to pursue a Master of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Witcher will graduate from Union High School in Tulsa and is the son of Joel and Lisa Witcher. He is planning to study chemical engineering and minor in business management at OSU. He holds distinctions as a contestant in the Chemistry Science Olympiad, and serves as a member of Mu Alpha Theta and on the Union Legacy Committee. Witcher is also a member of the boy’s golf team and volunteers his time at the local vacation Bible school and on international mission trips.
“I hope my education at OSU produces more than just a degree,” says Witcher. “I hope to be involved in making an impact on the university in the same way it will make an enormous impact on me. I hope to learn from this program to develop skills that are crucial to being a well-rounded, effective engineer.”
Litchfield plans to major in biosystems engineering and minor in political science at OSU. She interned for U.S. Senator James Lankford and has volunteered her time with Youth in Action and Key Club.
“My goals are simply to give 100 percent of my effort, so I can maximize my educational experience,” says Litchfield.
Litchfield and Witcher will join the current W.W. Allen Scholars at OSU in fall 2017.
W. Wayne Allen, scholarship founder, said, “We hope to give them leadership opportunities while at OSU, plus provide top-level foreign education experiences. Our goal is to prepare them to be as successful personally and professionally as they are academically.”