Lawton Community Foundation Awards $28,500 in Scholarships to 15 High School Seniors

Lawton scholarship recipients
2019 Lawton Community Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Front row, left to right: Courtney McEunn, Chealsity Moreno, Haylee Stanley, Lissette Taylor, Mikalyn Moreland, Tatiana Gonzalez, Haley Olsen
Back row, left to right: Matthew Roberts, Chandler Darnell, McKenzie Love, James Austin, Nevaeh Roman, Jaci Hernandez, Markiese Boykin

The Lawton Community Foundation awarded $28,500 in scholarships to 15 high school seniors from Lawton and the surrounding area at the Foundation’s annual scholarship breakfast April 24 at Cameron University. Scholarships were presented to recipients from each of the three Lawton public high schools, as well as Cache, Elgin, Frederick and Geronimo high schools.

“Each year, the Lawton Community Foundation has the privilege of honoring students who are growing to become not only excellent scholars but also community leaders,” said David Towe, president of the Lawton Community Foundation Board of Trustees. “In 2019, we’re especially thrilled to exceed last year’s award total by $4,000. This was only possible due to the generous support of our donors who have been a pillar of strength for this program for the past 20 years.”

Through the Lawton Community Foundation scholarship program, graduating seniors from the Cache, Elgin, Frederick, Geronimo, Lawton, Eisenhower and MacArthur high schools are eligible to apply for scholarships varying up to $2,000 each. Recipients include students who may not be eligible for the most competitive academic scholarships, but are good students and are active in their community, as well as students who participate in ROTC, plan to pursue a degree in health care or plan to attend Cameron University or Great Plains Technology Center. Additionally, recipients planning to attend Cameron University will receive a matching scholarship from the school.

“Community service has had a tremendous impact on my life,” said Eisenhower High School senior and 2019 Lawton Community Foundation Scholar Matthew Roberts. “I believe that it is important to give back to the community that gave to me and invested in me. It takes a village to raise a child, and I believe that I must now be a part of the village that is helping raise the future leaders of my hometown, Lawton, Oklahoma.”

Scholarship recipients for the 2019-20 academic year are as follows:

Lawton Community Foundation Scholars (one-year, $2,000 award)
Lawton High School – Markiese Boykin, McKenzie Love
Eisenhower High School – Courtney McEunn, Matthew Roberts
MacArthur High School – Chealsity Moreno, Haylee Stanley
Cache High School – James Austin
Elgin High School – Lissette Taylor
Frederick High School – Haley Olsen
Geronimo High School – Chandler Darnell

Frank Curran Memorial/Lawton Noon Lions Club Scholarship (four-year award of $1,500 annually to attend Cameron University)
Elgin High School – Mikalyn Moreland

Lawton Business Women Nell Franklin Scholarship (one-year, $2,000 award to attend Cameron University or Great Plains Technology Center)
Eisenhower High School – Tatiana Gonzalez
Lawton High School – McKenzie Love

Lamont N. Wilson ROTC Scholarship (one-year, $1,000 award)
Lawton High School – Nevaeh Roman

Benny McReynolds Scholarship (one-year, $2,000 award to attend Western Oklahoma State College)
Frederick High School – Jaci Hernandez