(OKLAHOMA CITY) – The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships to two Rogers County high school graduates through the state’s largest independent scholarship program. Natalie Evans and Jessyca Naegele from Claremore High School received a total of $5,000 in scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year.

Evans is a recipient of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors: Professionally Engineering the Future Scholarship, an award of various amounts offered to third-, fourth- and fifth-year students pursuing degrees in engineering or engineering technology from a university in Oklahoma. Evans is pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University.

Naegele is a recipient of the Dr. Edith King Mental Health Scholarship, a $3,000 award offered to Oklahoma students pursuing a graduate degree in mental health services. Naegele will continue pursuing a degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center this fall.

“The rising cost of higher education is a major barrier for many college hopefuls,” said Nancy Anthony, president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “But, thanks to our generous donors who recognize the importance of education and the role it can play in shaping these students’ futures, we offer more than 160 scholarship opportunities and support more than 800 college-bound students each year.”

Designed to support a diverse range of students, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s scholarship program offers students the ability to pursue career and educational opportunities that may otherwise be out of reach. In total, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded nearly $2.8 million in scholarships to 821 students throughout the state for the 2021-22 academic year.

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