Elgin native awarded Nigh Scholarship for leadership ability, public service efforts

Cameron University student Ryan Faucett been selected as Cameron's recipient of the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship for his exceptional leadership skills and his public service interests. Faucett received a $1,000 scholarship for the Spring 2010 semester.

photo of Ryan Faucett"Through his numerous activities on campus, Ryan has proven himself to be a natural leader," says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. "His ‘can-do' attitude motivates others, and in every task he undertakes, he sets an example of how hard work, commitment and determination can result in achieving one's goals."

As the recipient of the scholarship, Faucett, a senior majoring in business administration, represented Cameron at the George and Donna Nigh Leadership Academy, a weekend-long leadership event held in March. Speakers at the Nigh Leadership Academy included Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins; Glen Johnson, chancellor for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education; Richard Rush, president and CEO of the State Chamber; James Edmondson, chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court; and Eric Wenger, program manager for Metropolitan Area Projects for Kids.

Faucett is in his third year as co-chair of CU's Programming Activities Council, a student-run organization in which students are involved in the planning and development of campus events for all Cameron students. He is member of the Presidential Leader University Scholars (PLUS) program and is active in the Student Government Association and Beta Rho, a student organization that promotes pride and spirit in CU and gives back to the community. He has also served as a representative on the Student Housing Association and has participated on a number of committees. 

The George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship was created to provide opportunities for students who are preparing for careers in public service, as well as giving those students a chance to interact with each other and the state's governing officials at the leadership academy.

Each college and university in Oklahoma can nominate a participant for the scholarship program, which was established in 1999. The program honors former Gov. George Nigh and his wife as a tribute to their extensive involvement in public service and education.

Scholarships are awarded through the George and Donna Nigh Scholarship Fund and administered by the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Institute.

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April 16, 2010

PR#10-073