Alumni Association Scholarship Winners
Ebonee Gilliard was recently selected for the 2006-07 Oklahoma City Community College Alumni Association Scholarship. She will receive a $250 cash scholarship from the Alumni Association.
I grew up as an Army brat so I did not have many opportunities to stay at any school for an extended period of time, said Gilliard. The quality of education that I am receiving at Oklahoma City Community College goes without saying but moreover, I can appreciate feeling like I belong.
Ebonee Gilliard is currently the co-director of the first annual Miss Black Student Association Scholarship Pageant at Oklahoma City Community College. She is also on the volunteer committee for the Day for the Children, during the spring semester at OCCC, this event brings over 40 foster children to the college for activities. She also volunteers at the Grace Living Center in Oklahoma City. Gilliard was listed on the 2005 Vice President's Honor Roll. She is currently working on a double major in journalism and Spanish.
Odessa Brewer, a Yukon native, was recently selected as an Alumni Association Scholarship winner. She will receive a $250 cash scholarship.
Brewer graduated from Yukon high school, where she was named Who s Who Among America s High School Students. She was nominated to attend the 2004 Congressional Student Leadership Conference for the Honor Society. She is currently a member of the Health Professions Club and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries. She has volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and for the Yukon Community Center s Halloween Spooks Ville. She is a mentor and an academic tutor.
She plans to obtain a degree in Pre-Baccalaureate Nursing from Oklahoma City Community College.
Legacy Scholarship Winner
Katie Pontius, a Moore, Okla. native, was recently selected as the Oklahoma City Community College Alumni Association's Legacy Scholarship winner. She will receive 24 hours of tuition waiver for the 2006-2007 academic year.
Pontius will be graduating from Moore High School. She is finishing a two-year cosmetology program at Moore Norman Technology Center. She has obtained the National Technical Honor Society Award and is involved in Skills USA, where she received a fifth place honor at the 2006 Regional Facial Contest. She is also a track letterman. She is a life teen member at her church, and was invited to join the National Society of High School Scholars. She was the secretary for the Moore Reds prep baseball team and a mentor in the Peer Helper Organization. In Skills USA, she served as the class parliamentarian, class vice president and overall parliamentarian between 2004-2006. She is a member of the Spanish club and Students Against Drunk Drivers. She has participated in the Red Ribbon Parade, visits nursing homes and veterans homes, and has participated in food drives. She was also a member of the Superintendent Leadership Class at Moore Norman Technology Center.
She plans to obtain an associate degree from Oklahoma City Community College in physical therapy, psychology, or business management.