The President’s Leadership Program is intended to support and advance the ongoing development of students and leaders. The Rose State College President’s Leadership Class gives a select class of students the opportunity to learn new skills, improve campus life, and to help facilitate future leadership opportunities. Together, the College and the Rose State College Foundation supports these students.
The PLC program builds on each student’s current foundation of leadership skills by:
- Providing the RSC leadership development course, leadership conferences, and culturally enriching experiences that hone those skills.
- Expecting members to be actively involved in student clubs, campus events, and community outreach programs.
- Building character traits through campus mentors.
- Increasing resources for the resume through development activities.
The preferred criteria to be considered for this program includes:
- Active school AND community organization involvement.
- Membership in three or more school related clubs and held an officer position.
- Attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and scored a minimum ACT composite of 21.
Select graduating high school or home school seniors are awarded the PLC scholarship which includes a tuition waiver scholarship for up to 16 credit hours provided by the College. In addition, the College and the Rose State College Foundation donors provide additional financial support each semester to these students for books and fees. The value of the RSC Foundation scholarship support varies and is subject to change.
Some of these PLC scholarships bear the name of community leaders and former Rose State College Presidents.
Dr. Jim Cook PLC Scholarship
President Emeritus, Dr. James Cook, presided over Rose State College during 2000-2006. He initiated the President’s Leadership Class Scholarship program and continues to support Rose State College through his time and resources.
Dr. Terry Britton PLC Scholarship
President Emeritus, Dr. Terry Britton, presided over Rose State College after Dr. Cook’s retirement and continued the effort in providing leadership opportunities in the PLC program along with the initiation of many other Leadership Scholarships. Dr. Britton has always been a strong financial supporter of these leadership scholarships that meant so much to him.
FNB Community Bank PLC Scholarship
FNB Community Bank and the Croak family have served Rose State College for many years. Through their leadership and financial support through fundraising efforts, the Croak family has made an impact in the scholarship support they have provided and will continue to provide the College for years to come.
Robert and Linda Croak PLC Scholarship
Robert Croak served as a Rose State College Regent until June 2014. He and his wife, Linda, have supported Rose State College and the Foundation for many years. As a former Regent, when Robert Croak began his journey into semi-retirement, his family and FNB Community bank decided to honor him and Linda by supporting an endowed scholarship in their name. Robert Croak continues to serve the College as a member of the Rose State College Board of Governors.
Advantage Bank Scholarship
The Advantage Bank scholarship is a book stipend for first-time-students entering Rose State College who are also eligible for Ticket to Rose or other financial assistance. Qualified applicants to be considered are Oklahoma residents who graduate from Carl Albert High School, Choctaw High School or Star Spencer high school and who have a 2.50 or higher high school GPA.
Amelia Earhart Scholarship
The Amelia Earhart Society established this scholarship in 2006 to be awarded to a qualified incoming or current Rose State College student.
The BancFirst Community Scholarship is a book stipend for first-time-students entering Rose State College who are also eligible for Ticket to Rose or other financial assistance. Qualified applicants to be considered are Oklahoma residents who graduate from Carl Albert, Midwest City, or Del City high schools and will graduate with a 3.00 or higher high school GPA.
Betty Price Scholarship
The Betty Price Scholarship was established in recognition of Mrs. Price’s lifetime of work for the arts in Oklahoma. A former Rose State College Foundation President, Betty Price has continued her commitment to Rose State College after her retirement through generous donations from her family, friends, and the many community relationships she has built over the years. Mrs. Price and her husband, Norris, were recipients of the Rose State College Tower Award in 2013 in recognition of their contributions to the College.
Joe W. Davis Scholarship
The Joe Davis Memorial Scholarship was set up in loving memory of Joe W. Davis. Mr. Davis served as a Foundation Trustee for several years and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1998-2000. Mr. Davis and his wife, Eugenia, were both very active in the community before he passed away in 2011 and were recognized as one of the first Rose State College Tower Award Recipients in appreciation of their service to the College and community. Mr. Davis’ family continues to support the Foundation through their time and resources. Eugenia Davis currently serves the College as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Governors while their daughter, Lucinda Mikeman, is the Executive Director of the Foundation and Resource Development at Rose State College.
Joy Rupp Scholarship
The Joy Rupp Scholarship was established in honor of Ms. Rupp’s 30 years of service and dedication to Rose State College. Ms. Rupp was one of the original staff members of the College known as the Mid-Del Junior College in 1970. The RSC Office of Human Resources launched the scholarship fund drive through the Rose State College Foundation upon Ms. Rupp’s retirement. Although the fund fell short of reaching an endowment status, the fund has been turned into a temporary scholarship in honor of Ms. Rupp and will be distributed until depleted. Anyone interested in making donations to support the continuation of any of our scholarships may do so through the Rose State College Foundation.
Katherine Joan Hardin Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1984 in memory of Katherine Joan Hardin, wife of former Rose State College Regent Ray Hardin. Friends and family established the fund in her memory. Her husband, Ray Hardin, currently serves as a member of the Foundation Board of Governors and continues to develop and fund the scholarship so that it can be awarded annually to a first-time college student.
Mary Lou Hawkins/MWC Lions Club Scholarship
The Midwest City Lions Club established this scholarship to honor Mary Lou Hawkins for her many civic contributions, especially to the service projects of the Midwest City Lions Club, and to encourage civic contributions by college students.
Melanie Marie Eisenhour Salter Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of Melanie Marie Eisenhour-Salter, daughter of Lloyd and Glenda Eisenhour. Mr. and Mrs. Eisenhour are leaders in the community and have shown their support of higher education at Rose State College through the establishment of two endowed scholarships. Honoring Mr. Eisenhour’s sister, Erma Jean Newman with a Health Science scholarship and then with this General scholarship in memory of their beloved daughter, Melanie Marie.
Regent Joe Cole Scholarship
The Regent Joe Cole Community Scholarship was established in 2013 in honor of the many years of service Joe Cole has provided Rose State College through his leadership and generous donations to the College. Joe Cole, a retired RSC Regent, continues to serve as a member of the Foundation Board of Governors.
Sam and Jo Hinojosa Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded as a book stipend to a graduate of Del City HS in memory of Sam and Jo Hinojosa in conjunction with Ticket to Rose and/or other financial assistance. The Hinojosas were large supporters to Rose State College while they lived in Del City.
Charles and Lola Howard Scholarship
The Charles and Lola Howard Scholarship was established in 2000 by Gladys Emily Howard VanSant in memory of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Howard were one of the pioneer families in the Mid-Del area and were involved in the development of the Sooner community.
David and Jo Anne Fox Scholarship
David and Jo Anne Fox have been long-time members of the Rose State College Foundation. Mr. Fox is a descendant of one of the first families in the area and has been involved in recording and maintaining some of the history of the Sooner community. Mr. and Mrs. Fox established this scholarship to perpetuate their belief in the importance of education to the citizens of this community.
Elizabeth DeCarlo Memorial Scholarship
The Elizabeth J. DeCarlo Memorial Scholarship was established in 1991 by Leonard J. DeCarlo, M.D., to honor his late wife, Betty DeCarlo. Betty attended Oscar Rose Junior College, graduating in 1981 with an Associate in Arts degree with a major in political science and prelaw.
Joe and LaFern Barnes Scholarship
Joe B. Barnes, former Rose State College Regent and Foundation Trustee, established this scholarship as the “LaFern Barnes Scholarship” to be awarded to a Carl Albert High School graduate as a tribute to his wife, LaFern Barnes. After Mr. Barnes passed away in 2013, his name was added to the name of the scholarship as a tribute to what both Mr. and Mrs. Barnes have meant to Rose State College and the surrounding community.
Marie Jordan is a former Regent of Rose State College and currently serves on the Rose State College Foundation Board of Governors. Marie Jordan and her former husband, Tom Jordan, established this scholarship in recognition of the financial needs of students who are single parents. Tom and Marie Jordan have both been supporters of the Rose State College Foundation since its inception in 1977.
Stephen and Mikele Leone Scholarship
This scholarship was established November 21, 2005, in memory of Stephen and Mikele Leone by their parents Dr. Bette Leone and Dr. Joe Leone, former President of Rose State College.
Susan Loveless Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Foundation Trustees to honor former Rose State College Foundation Executive Director, Susan C. Loveless. Susan’s passion for the College is still evident in the relationships she built within the community. Susan and her husband, Phillip Loveless, were both retirees of the College.
Union Ladies Aid Society of Sooner (ULASS) Book Scholarships
Since inception in 1906, the object of the Union Ladies Aid Society of Sooner (ULASS) organization was to further religious, social, and educational benefits. After a fire destroyed the old church building in 1972, a scholarship fund was established with the proceeds from the sale of the land to provide books and tuition to high school graduates. There are three book scholarships that are named specifically with the ULASS name while an additional three have been named through the ULASS scholarship fund in honor of family members of some of the original ULASS members.
These three additional book scholarships bear the names as follows:
- John Garrett Book Scholarship
- Furman Fox Book Scholarship
- Randy Price Book Scholarship