Scholarship Application for First-Time Students Entering Fall 2021

The OU Club of Wichita Scholarship Award Program is available only to University-accepted Freshmen or first-year students from the Greater Wichita area. The award is based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, and articulation of goals and plans. 


  • Scholarship award amounts vary and are based upon Club fund availability.
  • Funding for the scholarships comes from Club membership dues and other fundraising events.
  • The amount of scholarship awards given by the Club is matched thanks to the generosity of the OU Alumni Association, doubling the award amount.
  • The money awarded by the Club can be used for any expense; the matching amount from the OU Alumni Association can be used only as an out-of-state tuition waiver.
  • The award is transferred directly to the student’s OU Bursar account for use.
  • Half of the full award is made available for use for the upcoming Fall Semester; the other half is available for the following Spring Semester.
  • The OU Club of Wichita Board of Directors reserves the right to modify the number of scholarships and amounts awarded each year. 

How do I apply?

  1. Apply to the University of Oklahoma for the upcoming Fall Semester. Hint: Fully complete all essay sections of the OU Application so we can learn about you, including your leadership experience, community involvement, academic interests, and any additional information you wish to have considered.
  2. Your contact and application information will be sent securely to the OU Club of Wichita Scholarship Committee about March.
  3. OU Club Scholarship Chairperson Lori Ellison-Zuercher will contact you via email with instructions on how to complete the simple OU Club of Wichita Scholarship Application.
  4. Submit your completed OU Club of Wichita Scholarship Application back to Lori before the due date.
  5. The Scholarship Committee will review all candidate information.
  6. You will be notified if you are selected to receive a scholarship award.

For further questions or inquiries, please contact Lori Ellison-Zuercher, OU Club of Wichita Scholarship Chairperson, at or 316-992-9975.

Download the scholarship form by clicking here 

*The board reserves the right to modify the number of scholarships awarded, and the amount as deemed necessary.

A look at some past scholarship recipients

Five Wichita-area high school students have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the OU Club of Wichita. The University of Oklahoma Alumni Association matches each of the local scholarships making each scholarship worth $2,000.
“Fans of the University of Oklahoma should be very proud of the quality of students from our area who choose OU as the place to further their education,” said Scholarship Chairman Bryce Matteson. “Our scholarship program is a point of pride of the Wichita club and our membership knows this year’s recipients will represent Kansas with stellar scholarship and citizenship.”
OU Club of Wichita 2013 scholarship recipients:

  • Sara Bulloch – Bishop Carroll. Sara’s intended field of study is pre-occupational therapy.  Sarah is the daughter of Kelly and Paule
    Sarah Bulloch

    Sarah Bulloch

    tte Bulloch. Recently Sara sent the club a thank you note.   Click to read Sara’s 

  • Ellen Oehmke

    Ellen Oehmke

  • Ellen OehmkeWichita Collegiate School. Ellen will major in chemical engineering. She is the daughter of Randy and Lisa Oehmke.
  • Caroline Breit

    Caroline Breit

    Caroline Breit – Wichita Collegiate School.  Caroline wants to major in biology.  Here sister Shelby was a 2012 OU Club of Wichita  scholarship winner.  Caroline is the daughter of David and Sharon Breit. Click here to read Caroline’s thank you note

  • Jessica Butler

    Jessica Butler

    Jessica ButlerWinfield High School. Jessica, a straight-A student ranked number 1 in her class, will enroll in OU’s prestigious Physician Associate (Assistant) program.  She is the daughter of Brett and Mary Butler. Butler was also named the winner of the Sheridan Drowatzky Memorial Scholarship[1], an honor reserved for the top scholarship winner. Drowatzky was a longtime Wichita educator, an avid supporter, and alum of OU and served as Membership Chair for the OU Club of Wichita. Click here to read Jessica’s thank you note.

Ellen Oehmke
Taylor Mahan
Jessica Butler

[1] The Drowatsky Scholarship carries an award of $1250

Club announces 2012 scholarships

Wichita, May 9, 2012 – Two Maize High School students and a third from Wichita Collegiate High School are winners of $1,000 scholarships from the OU Club of Wichita.  Sarah Quinn and Karly Joe are classmates topping their class at Maize.  Shelby Breit is a leader at Collegiate.

“Once again, our scholarship selection committee was overwhelmed with the quality of applicants we had to choose from,” said Scholarship Chairman Bryce Matteson.  “Each applicant is worthy of our scholarship and we wish them all much success during their educational careers at the University of Oklahoma.”

Sarah Quin

Sarah Quin

Quinn was also named the winner of the Sheridan Drowatzky Memorial Scholarship, an honor reserved for the top scholarship winner.  Drowatzky was a longtime Wichita educator, an avid supporter, and alum of OU and served as Membership Chair for the OU Club of Wichita.  Quinn is the daughter of John and Amy Quinn of Wichita and she plans to major in Musical Theatre at Oklahoma.

Shelby Breit

Shelby Breit

Shelby Breit is the daughter of Daniel and Sharon Breit of Wichita and she plans to major in Biochemistry.

Karly Joe

Karly Joe is the daughter of Tom and Kelly Joe of Wichita.  She plans on majoring in Chemical Engineering.

“These three young people validate the mission of the club,” said Mark Chamberlin, president of the OU Club of Wichita. “Our entire membership send their congratulations and best wishes to Sarah, Shelby, and Karly. We know, that, in a small way, we’re playing a role in their pursuit of academic excellence as a Sooner.”

Each winner was recognized at the club’s Tailgate Party at 6:00 p.m., May 21st at the Abode Venue located at 1330 E. Douglas in Wichita.  OU Assistant Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator Josh Heupel will be the keynote speaker and was joined by several other coaches and student-athletes.

Scholarship recipients for 2011-12

The OU Club of Wichita awarded three area students with $2,000 scholarships for the 2011-12 school year.  The recipients are:

Rachel Macari

Rachel Macari, Andale High School.  Rachel Macari is the daughter of Steve and Brenda Macari and is a graduate of Andale High School where she finished 8th in her class of 112 students and a perfect 4.0-grade point average. Rachel plans to major in Pre-Pharmacy.

Elise Fast

Elise Fast is the daughter of Galen and Cindy Fast and a graduate of Wichita Northwest High School where she earned a perfect 4.0-grade point average and finished first in her class of 352 students.  In fact, Elise has led her class ranking throughout her entire high school career.  It should come as no surprise that Elise is a National Merit Scholar.

Adam Horton is the son of Ella McLaughlin, Scott Horton and John McLaughlin. He is a graduate of Buhler High School where he maintained a perfect 4.0-grade point average and finished 2nd in his class of 149 students.  He is a National Merit Scholar recipient.  Adam was considering attending K-State until Oklahoma offered what Adam calls a “hefty scholarship offer.”  Adam and his family made a visit to Norman and was impressed with everything about the university from its state-of-the-art engineering facilities, professors, housing, size to the people he met.  Even a larger offer from Alabama could not draw Adam away from OU once he had been on campus.

Scholarship named for Sheridan Drowatzky

April 2, 2009,
An annual $2,000 scholarship awarded by the OU Club of Wichita to a student from central Kansas has been officially named the Sheridan Drowatzky Scholarship.  Ms. Drowatzky was an OU alum and long-time board member who passed away on March 11, 2009.  The first Drowatzky Scholarship winner will be named in April and recognized during a visit of the Sooner Caravan on June 30 in Wichita at the Hilton Wichita Airport

“Sheridan’s contributions to the local club were immeasurable,” said OU Club of Wichita Board President Mark Chamberlin.  “As a former teacher, Sheridan took a special interest in our scholarship program and the board thought this action was a fitting tribute.”

Each spring, applications for scholarship are reviewed and the board allocates a number of $1,000 awards.  Those $1,000 scholarships are matched by the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association allowing each student to receive $2,000 toward their education.

“Anyone who knew Sheridan recognizes how fortunate we were to have someone so passionate about education and the university on our board,“ added Chamberlin.  The awarding of the Drowatzky scholarship will take on special significance from this day forward.