Jernigan Scholarship Seeks Forward-Thinking Students

Jernigan Scholarship Seeks Forward-Thinking Students


CHICKASHA – A scholarship fund named after long-time Chickasha resident and businesswoman Betty Baker Jernigan seeks thoughtful students who can express their ideas in writing at the University of Science and Arts. Good for two consecutive semesters, the scholarship application is due Feb. 15 in USAO’s Financial Aid office.

The scholarship is open to students of all majors. In the spirit of Jernigan, a progressive and forward thinker herself, applicants must write an original 300-500 word essay entitled, “How is America Doing – Politically, Socially, Economically?” Essays will be judged by members of the USAO faculty and the Financial Aid office for “proficiency of written expression, dedication to a commitment of citizenship and service and clarity of thematic development.”

Jernigan was born in Chickasha in 1926 and attended school at Monticello College, the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma College for Women. In 1974, Jernigan moved back to Chickasha after following her husband’s Air Force career for nearly 30 years. She initiated the endowment in 2004 for the $500 per semester scholarship fund at USAO.

A member of many philanthropic and civic organizations, Jernigan lived the remainder of her life in Chickasha. Throughout her life, she was involved with the Buckeye Boys Ranch, P.E.O. and the Home Culture Women’s Group. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and was a house mother at Ohio State University and the University of Oklahoma. She also served as a docent for the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Oklahoma City Art Museum.

While in Chickasha, Jernigan attended Epworth United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. She died on Jan. 19, 2007.

The Jernigan scholarship is rewarded annually to a student making satisfactory academic progress and “of good moral standing.” More information about the Betty Baker Jernigan scholarship is available from Nancy Moats at the USAO Financial Aid office by phone at (405) 574-1251.