June 3, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association proudly announces the six recipients of the 2015 John Marley Scholarship.

The scholarship is a $2,000 award to the children of casino industry employees in Oklahoma given on a competitive basis of high scholarship.  The award can be applied to any part of their college costs. Applicants must be enrolled in Career Tech, community college, or a four-year college or university and students at any point in their education, not just freshmen, are eligible.

“We received many outstanding applications this year and the selection committee had a hard time choosing recipients,” said Brian Foster, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association chairman. “Our finalists really stood out from the rest and demonstrate the spirit of the Marley Scholarship, which was a dream of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association for years. It is our honor to present this year’s scholarships to these outstanding Oklahoma students.”

To be considered, applicants had to submit their transcripts, a copy of their acceptance letter, two letters of recommendation, their fall class schedule, a completed application, and a 1,000-word essay on the topic, “If you could have dinner with anyone- past or present- who would it be?”

Founded in 2008, The John Marley Scholarship Foundation seeks to provide education opportunities for OIGA member employees and their family.  John Marley was an instrumental member of OIGA, who preached the importance of education and sharing knowledge.

Scholarship winners:
Megan Baker, Cherokee Nation. Baker will attend Oklahoma State University to major in Psychology.

Avery Carroll, Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Carroll will attend the University of Oklahoma to major in Mathematics.

Sha Ingram, Chickasaw Nation. Ingram will attend Oklahoma City University to major in Business Administration.

Magdalene Quintero, Kiowa Nation. Quintero attends the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and majors in Biology/Pre-med.

Katy Pappan, Kaw Nation. Pappan will attend MidAmerican Nazarene University to major in Elementary/Special Education.

Jared Tahah, Comanche Nation. Tahah attends Cameron University and majors in Sports and Exercise Science.

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