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As our objective is to aid in the creation of an enlightened public, The Economic Club of Oklahoma provides, on an annual basis, $2,000 awards based on scholarship in the fields of economics and finance to graduating students from eight universities in and around central Oklahoma. These cash awards are designed to benefit the outstanding economics or finance senior, as selected by the dean or department chair at their respective schools.

The eight universities include: Langston University, Oklahoma Baptist University, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University,  Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and Southern Nazarene University.

Each scholarship recipient is invited to attend the April Economic Club of Oklahoma Dinner Meeting to receive his/her award and be recognized by The Club.

2016-2017 Scholarship Winners

Omolola Hassan

Omolola Hassan

Langston University

Major:Economics and Business Management Double Major with a Minor in Broadcast Journalism

Ms. Omolola Hassan graduated from high school in Mansfield, Texas in 2013. Omolola was blessed with the opportunity to attend Langston University on the E.P. McCabe full ride scholarship. Nearly 4 years later, Omolola considers her coming to Langston University as the best decision ever made in her 21 years of life! Attending Langston has given Omolola countless opportunities to grow and truly find herself academically, personally, and professionally.

During her time at Langston, Omolola has taken every opportunity to exercise her passion of service and giving back to the University that has given her so much. She does so by remaining heavily involved in campus organizations such as the Langston University Ambassador Program, Student Government Association (SGA), Scholars Club, LU African Students Association (ASA), Toastmasters, LU Stay Tuned, LU Debate, Impressions of God Praise (I.O. God) Dance Ministry, and Heart to Heart. Participation in those various organizations has given her the ability to refine her leadership and professional skills. She currently serves as the Chair of the LU Ambassador Organization, and has also served as the SGA Senate Housing Chair, Ambassador Cohesion Chair, LU-Pre Law Society Vice-president, LU ASA Treasurer, I.O. God Treasure, and an LU Stay Tuned reporter.

Due to academic success, Omolola has been granted opportunities to attend several academic and leadership conferences, as well as to represent Langston as a Thurgood Marshall Scholar, and a summer 2016 FDIC Financial Management Scholar Intern. Omolola’s accomplishments include her selection as the 2015 Highest Ranking and Most Outstanding Student in Economics, 2014-2015 Ambassador of the Year, Presidents Advisory Council member, membership into Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society, and a consistent recipient of the Presidents Honor Roll and Deans Honor Roll. Omolola has also worked for the past 3 years as a University tutor in the areas of math, english, accounting, and economics, to help as many students who are in pursuit, achieve academic excellence as well.

After graduating in May 2017, Omolola plans on moving to Los Angeles, California to work for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to gain professional experience before entering Law School.

Paige N. Fisher

Oklahoma Baptist University

Major:Finance

Paige was born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma and is a 2013 graduate from Shawnee High School. She attended Oklahoma Baptist University graduated cum laude with a business degree in Finance from in the Fall of 2016. While attending OBU she was a member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society and Alpha Mu Gamma Language Society.

Amy Walton

Amy L. Walton

Oklahoma Christian University

Major:Marketing Management

Amy grew up in Paradise, Texas. With her degree in marketing, she found her interest in finance 3 years too late. However, she has made up the time by immersing herself in the subject and taking every opportunity to learn from professionals in the field.

During her time at Oklahoma Christian, Amy has had internships with a non-profit in Kenya, in retail purchasing in Texas and with a youth group in Alabama. She is currently an Assistant Resident Director for Residence Life on campus. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those she touches.

Amy is a member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society and has been recognized in Who’s Who Among Students for 3 consecutive years.

Upon graduation, Amy plans on pursuing a career in Personal Financial Planning and earning her CFP title.

Tamara J. Doherty

Oklahoma City University

Major:Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics

Tamara Doherty was born and raised in North Andover, Massachusetts and moved to Oklahoma City in the fall of 2016 to pursue her undergraduate education as an honors student at Oklahoma City University. Since beginning her undergraduate career, Tamara has been an active member of various campus organizations and honors societies, such as Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and the Student Government Association.

Some of her most notable accomplishments are serving as the Delta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi’s Chapter President and serving as Oklahoma City University’s 2016 Homecoming Commissioner. In 2016, Tamara was also recognized as Oklahoma City University’s Outstanding Senior. Tamara will graduate in the spring of 2017 with a BA in Psychology and a BBA in Economics.

After graduation, Tamara will be working as an Educational Leadership Consultant for Alpha Phi International Fraternity. Following her first one to two years of employment, Tamara plans on pursuing a graduate degree, potentially in Finance and Economics.

Carson Guinn

Carson L. Guinn

Oklahoma State University

Major:Economics and Finance

Carson Guinn is a senior at Oklahoma State University who is pursuing a degree in Economics and Finance with a minor in Accounting. Carson has been extremely active on campus throughout her time in college – both within the business school and other outside organizations. She has participated in the OSU music program and served as a squad leader in the Cowboy Marching Band as well as principal clarinet in the OSU Concert Band. Within the Spears School of Business, Carson serves as an ambassador for prospective students and a mentor for incoming freshman.

Carson also holds the position of president in her professional co-ed business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. Within her time as president she has made huge strides to improve the chapter. She connects chapter members to professionals from a multitude of industries to foster professional development and career readiness among the members of the organization. She also led the chapter in the creation of the Stillwater Strong 5K Run. After the awful tragedy at the 2015 OSU Homecoming Parade, Carson and her team put together a 5K run where all money raised was donated to the Stillwater Medical Foundation to cover medical expenses of those involved. This event was incredibly successful and had over 500 runners and raised over $6,500.

After graduation Carson will be moving to Houston, TX where she will begin her job at Phillips 66 in their Finance group.

Blake Beckrich

Blake G. Beckrich

Southern Nazarene University

Major:Business Administration

Blake Beckrich was born in Fort Worth, Texas to Chris and Cindy Beckrich. He graduated from Centennial High School in Burleson Texas. Blake is a student-athlete at Southern Nazarene University on the mens soccer team with a GPA of 3.85. In his free time, Blake exercises his passion for serving others through volunteering at the Children’s Center of Northwest Oklahoma City, going on mission trips in central America, and substitute teaching in Edmond. He has also served the university as a class representative in student government and been honored as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Upon graduation, Blake will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army through the University of Central Oklahoma’s Reserve Officer Training Program.

Nerza Zambrano

Nerza Zambrano

University of Central Oklahoma

Major:Accounting and finance

Nerza Zambrano is a senior accounting and finance student at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) who plans to graduate in the spring of 2017. Nerza works part-time as a sales associate for a local retailer while maintaining a 3.97 GPA. She has been on the President’s Honor Roll for eight semesters and the Dean’s Honor Roll for one semester. Due to her academic excellence, she has earned various scholarships throughout her academic career. These include the Colton-Shaff, the Business Excellence, the Dr. Larry Foster Memorial, the Troy and Dollie Smith, the Accounting Department Advisory Board, the Dr. Chuck Stumbaugh, the Freddy Russian, the IBC Bank, the Kay and Harold Jackson, and the Textbook Brokers Scholarships.

Nerza couples her academic excellence with an extraordinary level of campus involvement. Since her sophomore year, she has been a member of Gamma Beta Phi (GBP), a honor society that encourages volunteer and service work. Nerza has volunteered in the UCO Broncho Buddies program, which pairs domestic students with international students for lessons in diversity and inclusion. Nerza currently serves as a member of the UCO Ethics team. Recently, the UCO Ethics team won the Regional Ethics Bowl and will represent UCO at the National Ethics Bowl in Dallas, TX. Finally, Nerza is a member of UCO College of Business 2BLeaders program, which stands for Broncho Business Leaders. This program empowers students to become agents of positive change through mentorship, team building and leadership training.

It is interesting to learn that Nerza immigrated to the United States seven years ago, escaping Venezuela’s political instability and economic problems. Although she has faced numerous obstacles, they have not stopped her from achieving her dreams. She looks forward to working hard at building her professional career and pursuing her personal passion of helping children through education.

Madeline E. Hector

University of Oklahoma

Major:Accounting and Finance

I am currently a senior attending the University of Oklahoma in the five-year BBA/MAcc program also majoring in Finance. During my time at OU, I have been involved in a variety of organizations in which I have held leadership positions including Campus Activities Council University Sing and College Bowl Executive Committees. In addition, I served as a Recruitment Guide for the Panhellenic Association, Camp Crimson Small Group Leader, and Treasurer for Beta Alpha Psi, the honors accounting fraternity.

Some awards I have received include the David C. Steed Accounting Scholarship, Sooner Parents Scholarship, and Distinguished Scholarship. For maintaining a 4.0 GPA, I have also been on the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters. One of my favorite experiences as a student was the summer I studied abroad in Vichy, France with the Price College of Business.