The Duncan Banner

June 24, 2013

Allison Christian recipient of Sam Noble scholarship

The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Allison Christian of Duncan is in a group of 10 students who will be receiving a scholarship from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

Allison will be majoring in animal science. She is a 2013 Duncan High School graduate. She will be attending Oklahoma State University. She is Central District Vice President for the Oklahoma State FFA organization.

The Foundation is awarding $140,000 in scholarships to 10 southern Oklahoma students.

Sam Noble Scholarships assist both undergraduate and graduate students studying in the fields of agriculture and technology.

Other recipients are

Lori Allmon, first year graduate student, agriculture economics, Sulphur;

Megan Brame, freshman, agriculture economics, Antlers;

Luke Chapman, freshman, agribusiness, Madill;

Kylee Donaho, sophomore, agribusiness, Davis;

Andrew Oxley, second year technology student, high voltage, Dickson;

Mark Spampinato, freshman, agriculture economics and farm and ranch management, Silo;

Steven Vekony, sophomore, animal science and agriculture education, Byng;

Andrew Whitaker, second year graduate student, plant and soil science, Davis;

and Samual White, first year technology student, construction technology, Wright City.

 “This scholarship is highly competitive, and the students worked diligently throughout their academic careers to earn the award,” said Mary Kate Wilson, director of philanthropy, engagement and project management for the Noble Foundation. “We look forward to watching the students excel in their future endeavors and create a positive impact in the fields of agriculture and technology.”

Agriculture undergraduate scholarships are $2,500 per semester for as many as nine semesters and graduate awards are for $3,125 per semester for up to five semesters. Technology students receive scholarships of up to $3,750 per semester for two years.

Sam Noble, for whom the scholarships are named, bequeathed funding to establish the program in 1992. The first scholarships were awarded in 1999. To date, the Noble Foundation has awarded more than $2,250,000 to 167 students. “Mr. Noble’s thoughtfulness has helped each of these students receive one of the most important tools for life – an education,” Wilson said, “It is remarkable how one man’s generosity has forever changed so many lives.”

Scholarship applications for the 2014 application period will be available in November. Requests for applications may be submitted at any time. Agricultural scholarships are limited to students pursuing an agriculture-related degree at universities with a separate college or division of agriculture. Technology scholarship applicants must be attending or planning to attend Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee or Oklahoma City.

Applicants for the Sam Noble Scholarship must reside in one of the following southern Oklahoma counties: Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Coal, Garvin, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, Murray, Pontotoc, Pushmataha or Stephens. An external committee selects the recipients.

Additional information about the Sam Noble Scholarship Program is available on the Noble Foundation website or by contacting Jennifer Fitzgerald at 580-224-6247 or by email at