Dr. Kathleen Black Scholarship

The appreciation and admiration of her friends and classmates for Dr. Kathleen Black led to the establishment of a scholarship in her honor.

The scholarship is awarded to a Native American woman – preferably an incoming freshman. The scholarship can be renewed until she graduates.The scholarship was established by classmates attending the 2003 Alumni Homecoming.

Black has been instrumental in the hospitality and camaraderie for which the university’s annual alumni homecoming is known. She is the driving force behind the organization of off campus activities, including the Afterglow held each evening following functions held on campus. It is in appreciation for her generosity, devotion and work that this scholarship was created.

Black is a member of the Osage Tribe and has served on the Osage Tribal Education Committee. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in physical education from OCW in 1958, she earned a master’s in physical education in 1961 and a doctorate degree in higher education administration in 1971, both from the University of Oklahoma.

Her biography reflects a life dedicated to education. She is a professor emeritus at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she retired in May 2001 after 35 years of service.

Her teaching career began at El Reno High School where she taught from 1958 until 1960. She was a graduate assistant in the Department of Physical Education at OU and an instructor in the department.

Professional memberships include: American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), life member; Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD), 1954 to present; Southern Academy for Women in Physical Activity, Sport and Health (SAWPASH), 1962 to present; National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (NAPEHE), 1962 to present; American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), life member; Delta Kappa Gamma, 1970 to present; Phi Delta Kappa, 1976 to present; and past member of Higher Education Alumnae Council of Oklahoma, National Archery Association, AAUP.

She served on the Governor’s Task for Physical Fitness and Sports for eight years, Oklahoma Affiliate, American Heart Association Board of Directors for five years, and Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator for the state of Oklahoma for one year.

Her numerous honors include OAHPERD Honor Award; OAHPERD Presidential Citation, 1985, 1987, 1991; SDAAHPERD Presidential Award, 1994; UCO-AAUP Faculty Service Award, 1996; Phi Delta Kappa, Service Key Award, 1987-88; National Girls and Women in Sport, Pathfinder Award for Oklahoma, 1995; National Girls and Women in Sport President’s Award, 2004.

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