Bonnie Bell Butler Buchanan was one of six Butler sisters to attend OCW. After graduating in 1937, she returned to become chairman of the Home Economics Department in 1965 – serving for 12 years.
She established the scholarship to benefit a home economics major (if there is a program). If there is no program, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of need and proven ability as evidenced by grades. The recipient must be single.
Her profound belief that the home and family are the basis for democracy and her dedication to education led her to financially support 10 people toward furthering their college careers.
She believed that when a person marries, he or she has declared themselves “mature adults, able to support themselves and their family.” Because of this, she requested that the scholarship go to single people to help prepare them for adulthood and marriage.
Buchanan’s research and teaching had national implications. Her study of the school lunch program led to modifications and changes in the program. She also completed major research in the area of home economics education.
After completing her bachelor’s degree, she completed a master’s from Oklahoma State University in 1942 and her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1959.
She had one year of elementary and 12 years of secondary teaching experience. In addition, she taught in the graduate program at the University of Arizona, served as head of the personal shopping department of Kerr's Department Store, supervised government canning kitchens and served for two years as office manager for her husband's construction business.
She was named to the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame in 1983. She served as president of the college and university section for the Oklahoma Home Economics Association and as president of the Board of Jane Brooks School for the Deaf. Buchanan was a member of the Hypatia Honor Society, named Teacher of the Year for the university in 1970 and Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1975 by the Oklahoma Education Association. Back to Scholarship Page