Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Donation Allows OSU-OKC to Create Scholarship for Veterans Studying Nurse Science

OSU-Oklahoma City recently received an estate gift that will allow the university to create scholarships for veteran students in the Nurse Science program. The scholarship opportunity is made possible through a donation from Lois Johnson in memory of her husband, Fred H. Johnson, who served in the army.


Johnson could not think of a better way to honor her late husband as he was an army medical technician who loved his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. OSU-OKC hosted an unveiling of a memorial that will be displayed in the university’s Veterans’ Services Center.


“OSU-OKC’s Veterans’ Services Center provides a place for veterans to gather and socialize with each other,” said Natalie Shirley, OSU-OKC president. “Veterans have access to a study hall and resources regarding their VA benefits, as well as the opportunity to seek assistance from our Readjustment Counselor who visits campus once a week.”


The OSU-OKC Veterans’ Services Center currently served more than 400 veterans on campus. These include veterans from many military eras, Vietnam through Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.


For the fifth year in a row, GI Jobs Magazine has named OSU-OKC to its list of military-friendly schools. The honor places OSU-OKC in the top 15 percent of nationwide institutions serving veterans.


In addition to the scholarship made possible by Johnson, OSU-OKC was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Veteran Support Foundation to create a Veteran Emergency Loan program. The program will provide up to $300 in emergency loans to veterans coping with personal emergencies such as car repairs, job loss, housing needs and unforeseen medical bills. The program will begin in spring 2014.


To find out more about the OSU-OKC Veterans’ Services Center, visit www.osuokc.edu/veterans. For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit www.osuokc.edu/scholarships. If you are interested in donating to OSU-OKC, visit www.osuokc.edu/development.

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Lois Johnson, front left, smiles with Dr. Judy Kemper, OSU-OKC Health Sciences division head, Sara Furr, OSU Foundation director of Regional Giving, and Natalie Shirley, OSU-OKC president, during the dedication of her donation in memory of her late husband, Fred H. Johnson.