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June 4, 2003 :: Students to Receive Scholarships Commemorating Tulsa Race Riot

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The bitter legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot has yielded some positive news to twenty Tulsa High School graduates, named recently as the first-ever recipients of special scholarships.

Two seniors from each of Tulsa’s ten public high schools will receive $1,000, one-time scholarships for the 2003-2004 school year as part of the Tulsa Reconciliation Education and Scholarship Program. The scholarships were created by the 2002 Oklahoma Legislature to preserve the awareness of the history and meaning of the civil unrest that occurred in Tulsa 82 years ago.

“Nobody can change what happened in Tulsa, but some good things can still come out of bad situations,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “We are pleased to honor these students with the state’s first Tulsa Reconciliation Scholarships. Their character and conduct contribute to greater communication and understanding among persons of diverse backgrounds.”

Tulsa high school seniors receiving the scholarships are Willis Ray and Robert Walker, Central; Holly Forster and Jennifer McLutcheon, East Central; Nakimbra Alexander and Andrew Herd, Edison; Sandra Flores and Thomas Louis, Hale; Salinda Crawford and Don Horn, Tulsa High School for Science and Technology; Lisa Lowen and Christy Williams, Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences; Lisa Holmes and Ronald Thomas, Memorial; Mildred Daniels and Kourtez Kelley, Will Rogers; Wendell Peters and Marisha Vann, Washington; and Deshuttaney Mosley and John Weygandt, Webster.

To be eligible to receive the Tulsa Reconciliation Scholarship, students must be enrolled in the Tulsa public high school in which they were nominated and their family income cannot exceed $70,000. The scholarships will be good for courses at any public or private institution in Oklahoma, as well as any career technology center.