The Oklahoma State School Boards Association Foundation will present the inaugural Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship this spring to a high school senior attending an Oklahoma public school.  

Applications for the one-time $5,000 scholarship are due Feb. 1. Candidates can complete the application online at ossba.org/scholarship.  

Dr. Bob Mooneyham, for whom the scholarship is named, began his career as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor, before becoming a school superintendent and college professor. He served as executive director of OSSBA for 25 years – 1975 to 2000. From the capitol to the classroom, colleagues say he was a respected and caring professional who made a difference in the lives of students across the state. 

“We can’t wait to honor a deserving high school senior with a scholarship to help them achieve their college dream,” Dr. Shawn Hime, OSSBA Executive Director, said. “This is a fitting and meaningful way to honor Dr. Mooneyham who dedicated his career to improving educational opportunities for Oklahoma students.” 

To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must be a high school student who will earn a diploma from an Oklahoma public high school during the 2021-22

school year and has plans to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. college, university or career technology center beginning in the fall of 2022. 

Foundation board members will award the scholarship based on the following criteria: financial need, academic performance in school, academic performance on national tests and a recommendation letter from a current teacher. 

The scholarship recipient will be notified of his or her selection by March 1.

Children or grandchildren of OSSBA employees, officers, or board of director members, as well as international students, high school graduates and temporary residents, are ineligible to receive the scholarship. 

Mooneyham, who passed away in 2012, is honored annually during the OSSBA Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Golf Tournament. Proceeds from past and future tournaments will be used to fund the scholarship in his name.  

OSSBA is a non-profit organization that works to promote quality public education for the children of Oklahoma through training and information services to the state’s approximately 2,700 locally elected school board members.  

For more information about the scholarship, contact Amber Graham Fitzgerald, OSSBA Director of Member Engagement, at amberf@ossba.org.

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