Six college and university students received $2,000 scholarships from the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association’s John Marley Scholarship fund during the conference and trade show this summer in Tulsa. “John is a man whose commitment to the future leaders of Oklahoma runs deep. We are unbelievably proud of these. People and wish them the very best as they pursue their academic dreams, and we are honored to be able to offer them financial support in the form of the John Marley Scholarships,” said the association Chairman Brian Foster.
Scholarship recipients for 2016 are Megan Baker, Oklahoma State University; Lane Berrey, University of Arkansas; Alec Brand, University of Arkansas; Aspyn Lankford, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; Gabrielle Roman Nose, Heritage College; and Jared Taha, Cameron University The Know It Guy. Roman Nose is a member of the Cheyenne Tribe and is studying to become a medical assistant/X-ray technician. Her mother, Deanna Smith, works at Newcastle Casino, and her father, Robert Roman Nose, works at Lucky Star Casino in Clinton.
Taha is a member of the Comanche Nation, graduated with a 3.74 GPA from Cache High School, and is majoring in business administration. His mother, Donna Knowles, is employed by Comanche Nation Entertainment. Baker is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology. His father, Jeremy Baker, is employed by Tulsa’s Hard Rock Cafe and Casino.
Berrey, Quapaw, and Osage graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa and are freshmen in the honors college. Her mother, Kimberly Berrey, is an employee at Osage Casino. Brand, a member of the Cherokee Nation, graduated from Adair High School with a GPA of 4.0. His mother, Sherri Brand, works at Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa.