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UCO Professor's Estate Establishes Endowed Scholarship For Education Students

Oct. 26, 2012

Media Contact: Reagan Hamlin, Coordinator Public Relations and Marketing, UCO Development Office, (405) 974-3552,


The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation received $70,000 from the estate of longtime UCO professor Harrison Hedley Way, Ed.D., along with his daughter, Betty Johnson, to fund scholarships in the College of Education and Professional Studies.           

Just one year after the passing of her father, Johnson used $45,000 of the funds designated in the estate to create the Dr. Harrison Hedley Way Endowed Scholarship in Educational Leadership. The remaining portion, $25,000, was used to supplement the already existing scholarship created in honor of Johnson’s mother, the Alice Adele Way Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education.           

Way was a professor at UCO for more than 20 years, with his final six years spent as the department chair of Educational Psychology/Guidance Counseling. Alice Way taught in the Edmond Public School system.           

Johnson, who lives in Canada, said her parents’ dedication to teaching inspired her throughout her own teaching career.           

“The years my parents worked in Edmond were filled with the best they had to offer their students, fellow teachers, and in the case of my dad, his fellow administrators,” Johnson said.           

“With the existence of these two endowed scholarships, it is almost as if they are still there – still giving their best to the people and place they came to care for so much.”

The Alice Adele Way Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education is awarded annually to a junior or senior majoring in Elementary Education, with a minimum 3.0 GPA and whose future career goals include teaching.            

The Dr. Harrison Hedley Way Endowed Scholarship in Educational Leadership will be awarded for the first time in 2014. Requirements for the award include being a graduate student pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a desire to continue working in the Oklahoma public school system as a school administrator.            

For more information, contact Judy Reyes-Henderson, development manager for UCO’s College of Education and Professional Studies, at or 405-974-2763.