est. 2017

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Scholars Program


Penn established a fund in the University of Oklahoma Foundation to provide scholarships to students seeking to attend the University of Oklahoma. Penn, the donor intends that the gifts are given pursuant to an agreement with the OU Foundation to be used to supplement the financial resources of alumni of the Culver Military Academy or Culver Girls Academy, a college-preparatory boarding high school located in Culver, Indiana., that (a) are admitted as full-time regular students of the University of Oklahoma, located in Norman, Oklahoma; and, (b)  These students must demonstrate a commitment to leadership and community service. (c) These students must be of financial need.
The scholarship is named in honor of the University of Oklahoma Coach Charles Burnham "Bud" Wilkinson. In 1961, Bud recommended to the donor’s grandfather and good friend and OU Regent Quintin Little, that he sends his son, Jud to Culver Military Academy.
The scholarship is also named in honor of Andrew Dorrel, the donor’s first teacher at Culver Academy, as that was the first class Dorrel also taught 24 years ago. Dorrel had been the football coach at Culver since 1998 and a true, living example of Coach Wilkinson, according to the donor. His enthusiasm for both leadership development and education parallels Coach Wilkinson. Coach Dorrel was a huge admirer of Coach Bob Stoops and the academic prowess, discipline, and growth the University of Oklahoma has fostered through athletics.    
The Scholarship Selection Committee which includes James Chittim (Culver '90, and OU '94, Katie Mikels (Culver 13' and OU 18', as well as former OU womens basketball star from 2002-2007, Erin (Higgins) Allen; as well as of the Office of Admissions Financial Aid Services at OU select all students. 
To be eligible for scholarship(s), candidates must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a full-time, regularly enrolled student of the University of Oklahoma;
  2. Must be a graduate of The Culver Academies, an educational high school college-preparatory institution in Culver, Indiana;
  3. Must not be the Donor or an immediate family member of the Donor;
  4. Must maintain a 3.30 Cumulative GPA while enrolled at the University of Oklahoma; following the first semester;
  5. Must maintain a volunteer service commitment (approved by the committee) while enrolled that totals at least 40 hours a semester; to foster leadership development.
From those candidates who meet the selection criteria, priority consideration will be given to candidates that are a) Oklahoma residents; and, b) have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to leadership and community service, c) are of ‘financial need’ compared to most Culver students.

Established in 1944 and incorporated in 1955 as a 501(c)(3) organization, the University of Oklahoma Foundation:

  • Facilitates gift transactions on behalf of the University of Oklahoma that are maintained separately from public funds

  • Stewards private gifts, ensuring donor intent is honored

  • Assures donor confidentiality 

  • Engages committed, influential and independent volunteer leadership

  • Works closely with University administration and faculty, particularly the Office of the President, the Office of University Development and the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association