Dr. Jeane Porter Hester Scholarship

Dr. Jeane Porter Hester established this scholarship to aid deserving women at USAO.

“I can think of no better way to acknowledge the value of education than by playing some small role in assisting students who might otherwise not be able to continue their education,” Hester said.

Hester, who graduated in 1951, is a retired professor of medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“I have given some thought to my four years there,” she said, referring to the Oklahoma College for Women. “I was a language major at OCW with minors in history and philosophy, and OCW was considered a liberal arts college. A bachelor of arts in almost any subject becomes the foundation from which students can expand their horizons and later become more specialized if they wish.”

In restricting the scholarship to young women, Dr. Hester explained, “Throughout my career, I found that females still had to struggle and advancement did not come easily, even after having the appropriate academic credentials.”

She also paid tribute to the Chickasha community -- “without the aid of the Chickasha community, I, too, might not have been able to complete a college education as scholarships were not readily available in 1947 when I became a freshman at OCW. However, because I was offered work in the office of a local physician, it became possible for me to earn sufficient funds to pursue the education I wanted so desperately. And my education there served as a firm foundation when I subsequently embarked upon a 12 year educational journey to become a physician.”

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