The Plus One Scholarship was created to help students, who might typically be limited in the number of classes they are able to take because of funding to reach full-time status by being able to enroll in one additional class.
Currently, the Connors Development Foundation has received sponsorship commitments from BancFirst, Bank of Oklahoma, American Bank of Oklahoma and First Star Bank, all of Muskogee.
To find out how you can increase student success at Connors State College visit connorsgiving.com or contact us at (918) 463-2931.
The following are the requirements to apply for the Plus One Scholarship:
1. Nontraditional Student.
2018 Scholarship Recipients
Plus One Scholarship Provided by Bank of Oklahoma to BrandyAnn Brior
BrandyAnn Brior is a first generation college student from Madera, California. BrandyAnn relocated to Muskogee, Oklahoma, with a grandmother as a child. Along with being a full-time student and an employee in the Salvation Army office, BrandyAnn is an independent tutor to students in elementary and middle school.
BrandyAnn is a student in the Connors Registered Nursing program working toward a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Northeastern State University and then becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
“I have made healthy friendships and network connections at Connors,” BrandyAnn said. “The student support services advisor, Nancy Malone, helped to rekindle my dream of becoming a doctor. I have found the guidance that I lacked growing up in Heather Darnell of the FOCUS Program and I have realized that there is always hope of success and achievement for those determined. I always knew it existed, I just did not see the manifestation until I started attending Connors.”
BrandyAnn said the last person to attend college in the family was a great grandfather, who started his own chiropractic college in Texas. Brior said that the family did not find value in higher education.
“I have overcome much to break the cycle and raise my own offspring in better situation than I was shown,” BrandyAnn said. “I love to sing, create art, research scientific and medical advances and I am very active and love to engage my son in physical play.”
BrandyAnn said this scholarship will relieve the financial pressure.
“Financial planning and provision is extremely worrisome to one such as myself that has to start at the bottom and with nothing,” BrandyAnn said. “Student aide and scholarships are the life blood that flows through the veins of my determination and ambition. Though I am shouting my thanks, words will never express the gratitude that I feel for this generosity bestowed to me. Thank you, Connors and Bank of Oklahoma, for being there in these capacities to help me turn my goals into my life. God bless you.”
Plus One Scholarship Provided by American Bank of Oklahoma to Wendi Flatt
Wendi Flatt is from St. Joseph, Missouri, but currently resides in Porter, Oklahoma. Wendi is a full-time student and hopes to become a registered nurse for an insurance company or an employee at St. Francis Muskogee after passing her nursing boards.
Wendi said Connors was a good choice for her because it allowed her the opportunity to be close to home and spend time with her son who is a senior at Porter High School, and who will graduate the same day as her.
“Connors State has made a huge impact on my life because as an older student, I was nervous on how I would teach myself to study again,” Wendi said. “Connors instructors have helped in so many ways by giving me the tools I need to be successful in the nursing program.”
Wendi said when she isn’t at school she enjoys going to concerts of all genres and spending time with her friends who have helped push her along this journey.
Receiving this scholarship will help her family because her husband is the only one working at this time, she said.
“Living on only his paycheck has been difficult at times,” Wendi said. “It will help pay on bills that we will have this month and cut down on some of the stress of our financial issues.”
“I would like to say thank you so much for choosing me to be awarded with this scholarship. As someone that hasn’t been in school for many, many years, coming back to the classroom was very difficult. Being chosen for this scholarship reminds me that there are people out there that want to pat us on the back for doing well in school and I greatly appreciate that,” Wendi said.
Plus One Scholarship Provided by FIRSTAR Bank to Jenee’ Hensley
Jenee’ Hensley is from Muskogee, Oklahoma. When her school and studying permit she is a substitute teacher at Hilldale Public Schools. Jenee’ has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, where her and her husband lived while he was in the Air Force.
Before entering the nursing program, Jenee’ was a high school teacher. Her husband of 21 years continues to teach and coach at Hilldale High School.
“I had heard that Connors had an outstanding nursing program and it is near my home,” Jenee’ said. “If Connors wasn’t close to home and affordable, I don’t know that I would’ve had the opportunity to go to nursing school.”
After completion of the Connors Nursing program she has arranged for immediate employment with St. Francis Health Systems.
Jenee’ and her husband have three children, ages 17, 14 and 12, who all attend school at Hilldale.
“When I left teaching for nursing school, our family income was cut nearly in half, while our bills remained mostly the same,” Jenee’ said. “The Plus One Scholarship and other financial aid have allowed our family to pay bills during my unemployment.
“To the bank, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for making this investment in my future. My education will allow me to better provide for my family while doing something I love and making a positive impact on the lives of others,” she said.
Plus One Scholarship Provided by BancFirst to Rolonda Thompson
Rolonda Thompson is from Jackson, Tennessee, but currently resides in Summit, Oklahoma. Rolonda is a 1991 graduate of Hilldale High School. She is in her fifth year as an Adult Career Development Secretary and is a Health Certification Project State Test Procter for Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
“I am the oldest of 14 children. I four siblings who have attended Connors,” Rolonda said. “There are seven boys and seven girls, including two sets of twins in my immediate family. There is never a dull moment and we have great food, fun and laughter.
“My siblings, who have attended Connors, are now a sergeant of the police force, a registered radiology technician, a contract & acquisition agent for the State of Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and I have two twin sisters that are recent Connors graduates and both are nurse technicians for the Psychiatric Department of Saint Francis while completing their degrees at Northeastern State University.”
Rolonda plans to continue her education at Northeastern State University where she will major in Business Administration she said. When Rolonda isn’t taking classes or at work she said she loves to cook, plan family events, design postcards and banners, write poetry, and make gift baskets for others. She aspires to be a nature photographer, she said.
“I am grateful for a second chance and opportunity to achieve my dream of a brighter future,” she said. “I am and will always be thankful for this scholarship opportunity.”