David H. Vaughn, Jr. Scholarship

Honoring their son, David Sr. and Sofia established this scholarship to assist students wishing to visit another country.

Sofia Laurenzanna-Vaughn, a member of the USAO class of 1981, graduated with a degree in political science.  Sofia was born in Lawton, Oklahoma but grew up in Irving, Texas, graduating from Irving High School. 

Sofia attended all four years of undergraduate study at USAO.  Following graduation from USAO, she attended the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma where she obtained a master’s in criminal justice administration. 

After graduate school, she began working with the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma where she assisted in the development of the Comanche Tribal Children’s Court.  She married David H Vaughn on December 3, 1983. Sofia and David moved to Germany in 1984 where David was stationed with the U.S. Army. 

On July 17, 1985 David H Vaughn, Jr. was born.  Four years later the family was back to Oklahoma, this time taking residence in Elgin, Oklahoma, where David and Sofia remain.  Sofia worked with the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma for many years before working as a therapist for Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of Oklahoma. 

David, Jr. was the only child born to Sofia and David, Sr. Affectionately known as “Little David” to Sofia and “Chach” to his father, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on December 24, 2002.  David Jr. was only 17 years old, but full of life and many, many dreams.  David, Jr. was in the 11th grade at Elgin High School and enjoyed learning about history especially the Civil Rights era and the Holocaust. 

David, Jr. had plans to visit the town of Heidelberg, Germany where he was born.  His visit was planned for that summer.  Following his graduation he had plans to attend college and following college he planned to marry his girlfriend, Heather Selby of Sterling, Oklahoma.  David, Jr. was learning French while in high school and planned on learning the German language.  David, Jr. never met a stranger, was never at a loss for conversation and had many, many friends.  David, Jr. shall forever be loved and missed by many.

In honor of their son, David, Sr. and Sofia decided that because their little David would not be able to make the trip to Europe, perhaps by developing a scholarship in his name, little David would be able to assist others wanting to visit the country he was so proudly born in.

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