Lynda Hanna Holding Scholarship

Sue Caldwell Smith established the scholarship in honor of her niece. The scholarship is awarded to an elementary education major.

Lynda Hanna Holding attended OCW and graduated in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. While at OCW, she was elected sophomore vice president, voted sophomore class queen, was active in Em Hi Social Club and the Student Education Association. She served as recording secretary and president of the Student Senate, served as the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Student Association vice president, selected as OCW May Queen and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities her junior and senior years. While at OCW, she worked in the office of Dr. H.B. Smith, chairman of the Education Department.

In 1965, Holding began her teaching career in Denver in an experimental school utilizing the non-graded, team teaching organization. After marriage, she taught first grade at Northwest School in Chickasha. In 1981, after seven years off to be a ‘mom,’ Holding went back to teaching third grade in the Blanchard Public Schools.

She and her husband Tom have made their home in Blanchard for more than 30 years. They reared and educated three sons. Holding has served on the USAO Alumni Board, serving as president for a two-year term.

Sue Caldwell Smith graduated from OCW in 1949 with a degree in home economics. While at OCW, she was active in the Eche Sa Social Club, Interclub Council and the Fashion Board. Smith served as junior class president and was chosen to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities her junior and senior year. She was selected as Miss OCW her senior year.

Smith’s classmates will remember her as a sweet natured, caring and giving person. It is in the same spirit that she gave the scholarship. “I wanted to honor my niece with the scholarship because of her love and respect for this university. Lynda has shown me over the years how much she cares for USAO through her work on the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“I felt that the scholarship should be designated for an elementary education student because of Lynda’s love for teaching young children. Education has always been important to our family and, through this scholarship, we hope to see some dynamic, enthusiastic young teachers come forth.”

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