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February 2013

OU Makes History in Student Scholarship Wins

The University of Oklahoma in December became the only comprehensive public university and one of only three universities nationwide to have Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarship recipients named in the same year.

The other universities are Brown University and the United States Naval Academy.

The three OU seniors, all Honors students, selected to receive the major national scholarships are:

• Mubeen Shakir of Oklahoma City, who was named OU’s 29th Rhodes Scholar and one of only 32 nationwide;
• Jerod Coker of McKinney, Texas, was named a Marshall Scholar, OU’s sixth of one of only 40 awarded annually nationwide; and
• Robin Tipps of Ardmore, was named a Mitchell Scholar, the first OU student to win the award and one of only 12 nationwide.

“The University family is extremely proud of these three exceptional students who have achieved the highest level of academic recognition in our country,” said OU President David L. Boren. “To have OU students win in each of these scholarship competitions confirms that OU has become a pacesetter in American public higher education.”

As a Rhodes Scholar, Shakir will attend Oxford University, England, for two years and pursue a master’s degree in oncology at Oxford University.

As a Marshall Scholar, Coker plans to attend the London School of Economics in England for two years and pursue a master’s degree in economics and philosophy, followed by a master’s degree in development studies.

As a Mitchell Scholar, Tipps – a 4.0 GPA student and National Merit Scholar – will attend National University Ireland, Galway, for a master’s degree in public law.

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