Connors State College students Michaela Perkins and Tierra Blue were awarded the Wyatt F. and Mattie M. Jeltz Scholarship. The award was presented by Foundation Chairman, Dr. James Mosley. Dr. Mosley visited with Perkins and Blue about the history and meaning behind the scholarship. “Jeltz wanted to make a difference,” said Mosley. Mr. and Mrs. Jeltz were black Oklahomans who devoted their lives to education, employment opportunities and community service. They were interested in assisting young people, particularly Black-Americans, to acquire an education and a better life. The applicant criteria put forth by the Jeltz Foundation includes: a 2.8 GPA, the student must be at least a sophomore, and someone who displays good personal character. “We call faculty members and ask them about the scholarship applicants before awarding the scholarship,” commented Mosley. “The communication with the faculty gives us a feel that the applicant is displaying good character in the academic setting.” Hatton will receive $900 per year as long as she remains in good standing with the requested requirements.
Michaela Perkins, a Checotah resident, is a sophomore studying criminal justice. Perkins was surprised that she had received the award, “I’ve applied for so many scholarships and finally received one, I am very honored.” Tierra Blue a sophomore studying Nursing resides in Warner and is excited about being a recipient of the Jeltz Memorial Scholarship, “I am happy to have it, every little bit helps. It is my first scholarship ever!”
The Jeltz Foundation normally awards 12 to 15 scholarships a year. An application can be picked up in the Financial Aid office.