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ORU Selects First Class of Graduate Quest Fellows

Oral Roberts University has selected the first class for the Graduate Quest Fellows and Scholarship Program. The university reviewed applications from hundreds of students around the world before selecting the four fellows. The selected students will be given the opportunity to hone their professional skills while working on special projects for the ORU Provost as well as Deans for the ORU College of Business, College of Education and College of Theology and Ministry.

Each fellow was honored at a special reception hosted by ORU President William M. Wilson and First Lady Lisa Wilson. Fellows include Carolyn Stubbs, President’s Fellow; Jonathan Hutchins, Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Business; Elizabeth McKelvey, Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Education; and Heather Wright, Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry.

The Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program was established to recognize students who are tireless on their quest for wholeness. Scholarship recipients have and will continue to demonstrate the following: Christian Worldview, Lifestyle of Service, Academic Achievement, Leadership Ability, Vision to Make a Life-Changing Impact on Others, and a Healthy Lifestyle. Through this whole person educational philosophy the Graduate Quest Fellows and Scholarship Program was born. Fellows will receive a full tuition award, which also includes a $15,000 stipend. The top award, the President’s Fellow, will also receive room and board if living on campus.

Stubbs has inspired many through her faith as well as her community development and transformation efforts. Originally from the Bahamas, her husband was tragically killed in a hit and run accident. Her loss motivated her to pursue educational ministries that encourage children and students who exhibit whole person qualities. She is a co-founder and the principal of The Remnant MiniVersity & Academy, which holistically caters to early childhood and elementary age children. She has served as a lecturer and teacher in high school and collegiate settings. Stubbs has also worked as a case manager and a coordinator for special needs services.

Hutchins has gained experience working with SemGroup Corporation, Ernst & Young and Workman Forensics. Among other activities, he served as a head resident advisor, president for The Accounting Society, a missions assistant team leader, and as a member of the student council general assembly during his undergraduate years.

McKelvey currently serves as a school psychologist for Jenks Public Schools and previously served in the Broken Arrow Public Schools as well. She served as an elementary school counselor at Metro Christian Academy, in the Jenks Public Schools and in the Union Public Schools. Before becoming a counselor, she was an elementary teacher in the Catoosa Public Schools, Southpark Christian School and Victory Christian School.

Wright has served as a vocal music teacher at Metro Christian Academy and Evangelistic Temple School. She has also served in Jesus Inn Ministries and at Heart Sounds International. She currently serves on the worship team and volunteers in both the children’s and youth ministries at Tulsa Christian Fellowship.

The remaining applicants for the Graduate Quest Scholarship Program were awarded Quest scholarships of up to $5,000 based on merit.

Students interested in applying for the Quest Fellows and Scholarship Program can get more information by contacting their graduate recruiter.

Business – Rachel Guttman: 918-495-6117 or gradbusiness@oru.edu

Education – Tim Woods: 918-495-6553 or twoods@oru.edu

Theology and Ministry – Debra Watkins: 918-495-6618 or dwatkins@oru.edu

For more information about ORU, visit www.oru.edu.