2003-2004 Winners
Tuan Nguyen, Memphis, Tenn. Will be a junior at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. Field of study is biology, with a focus on medicine. He is sponsored by U.S. Zinc, and is a previous scholarship award recipient.

He will be have a medical internship this summer, and is involved in American Humanics, a non-profit organization on campus. He has received various academic awards in chemistry, physics, biology, math and history. Tuan carries a 3.77 GPA.

"I was crying when I saw the images of September 11th. After seeing Americans united, my urge for volunteering had increased dramatically. I wanted to spend more time in helping and healing in my community. That was the least thing I could do. I kept on trying to help others as much as I could."

Amy Olivarez, Lockhart, Texas. Class of 2002 graduate from Lockhart High School. Will be a freshman at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. She will be trying out for the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes drill team this summer, and plans to focus her studies on business. She is sponsored by Commercial Metals-Austin, Inc.

She is the first of five generations in her family to attend college. She graduated with a GPA of 93.3. She was a member of the Lockhart High School "Lionettes" Drill Team for four years, and was a Lt. Colonel (2nd rank) and Colonel (1st rank) on the squad. She also earned Lionette Sophomore of the Year, Lionette Junior of the Year, Drill Team Officer of the Year, and was an Upward Bound Student of the Year. She was a member of the Key Club, and did volunteer work at the Baker's Theatre.

"Many people take their lives for granted everyday. I was one of those people. I did not ever think that hateful actions of another nation would have an affect on my generation. Now I know that my life is important, that pain and hate have seized the innocence of my generations, and through tragedy, America will prevail."

Jennifer Perry, West, Texas. She will be a sophomore at Texas A&M University, and is majoring in accounting. She is sponsored by M. Lipsitz & Co, and is a previous scholarship award recipient.

Jennifer was honored as a Distinguished Student in the Mays College of Business at Texas A&M in her first semester at the university. She also became a member of Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society, Aggie School volunteers and the Catholic Students Association. Carried a 3.58 her first semester at A&M. She is a graduate of West High School.

"Since that day (Sept. 11), I have a renewed outlook on life. Anytime I get down about school or my personal life, I think of how lucky I am to be here today and how insignificant my problem really is. I now value more the time I am able to spend with my family and friends. I try not to take anything for granted because I have seen how fast it can all be taken away from me."

Joe Spears, Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. He will be attending Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and plans to major in elementary education to become a mathematics teacher. Graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Ks., with a two-year Associates Degree. He is sponsored by The Yaffe Companies, Inc.

At Haskell Indian Nations University, Joe was on the Dean's Honor Roll with a 3.23 GPA, Treasurer of the Dorm Council, played football for two years and was a member of the track team for one year. He was on the Oklahoma All-State football team and the Oklahoma Eight-Man All-Star football team in high school.

"Since the destruction of the World Trade Center towers, I have learned to embrace the differences in all people in order to better help my fellow man. I have found that conflict in differences of people are the cause for much of the world's problems and it seems that their malice attacks were also due to differences of nations. ….people everywhere need to accept culture diversities, especially in America because our country is made up of not just one or two, but also hundreds of different cultures and beliefs."

Sara Jayne Telowicz, Jones, Oklahoma. Class of 2002 graduate from Choctaw High School. She will be a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. Her anticipated field of study is medicine, and plans to become a pediatrician. She is sponsored by Madewell & Madewell, Inc.

She graduated first in a senior class of 268, finished with a 4.0 GPA, and was senior class Valedictorian. She received the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Certificate of Outstanding Academic Performance in math and reading, was named Choctaw Biology and Science Department "Student of the Month," has been a three-year member of the Oklahoma State Honor Society and is president of Future Doctors Association. She was named the Choctaw/Nicoma Park Business Women's Club "Girl of the Month", and also belonged to the Key Club, Student Council National Honor Society and is in "Who's Who Among High School Students." She also is a local and state volunteer for Special Olympics, a volunteer at the Renaissance Women's Center and decorates hospitals and her school for the holidays.

"From that day (Sept. 11) forward I think I have cherished the moments with the ones I love a lot more. To be honest, before the life changing events, I did take many things for granted. So many people have been shown that you don't know what you have until it is gone. I have decided to realize what I have before it is too late."

Jennifer Marie Wynn, Tulsa, Oklahoma. She will be a junior at the University of Tulsa, and is working on a double major in psychology and communication. She plans to earn a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is sponsored by IMCO Recycling.

She carries a 3.79 GPA, and is a member of the Lantern Honor Society, an honor society for college sophomores. She was named one of the Top 20 Freshman her first year at TU. She also belongs to Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology majors, is secretary of Circle K-the daughter service club of Kiwanis International, and a member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Her volunteer projects include working with a homeless shelter and making projects for the children's unit of a hospital's ICU. She will be doing an internship in psychology research at the University of Oklahoma this summer. She is a graduate of Sapulpa High School in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

"…renewed in me was a sense of patriotism. Our generation is often (and correctly) noted as being apathetic to the American ideals of yester-year. I no longer think that to be true, however. In my school cafeteria, I watched a hundred college students care about our country. I know that the tears and prayers were genuine and that the flags that popped up all over campus were there to stay. Men my own age are now starting to think about the possibility of leaving to aid in the war against terrorism. A generation that has never had to taste the bitterness of war is now starting to consider that it could happen."
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