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Scholarship Winner

By student Ryan Floyd

One RSU student is finding money a little easier to come by today. Communications major Candice Nivison won the Gene Dillehay scholarship. The award means pride for the school and a thousand dollars in Nivison’s pocket.    

"I’m really excited that I won. I guess I could take everyone out to dinner with the money,” joked Nivison.

Nivison had to complete a long application process in order to even be eligible for the award.

She explains, "I had to fill out an application, and get a letter of recommendation. I also had to write an essay about why I thought I deserve the scholarship. Then I actually had to be interviewed by the scholarship committee at OETA.”  

Several other RSU communication students joined Nivison for the trip to OETA in Oklahoma City. When they got there they learned a little more about who Gene Dillehay was, and why the award is so special.

Bob Allen is the executive director of OETA. He describes his friend, "Gene Dillehay was the voice of OETA. He was a dear friend of mine. We established this scholarship to honor him.”

Students from universities all over Oklahoma competed for the two scholarships. That number was narrowed down to eight. The two recipients were announced at a ceremony yesterday. 

If you would like to know more about the Gene Dillehay Scholarship or OETA please visit