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UCO Foundation Awards Students with Newly Established George and Donna Nigh Scholarship

UCO students holding scholarships and posing with UCO president and George and Donna Nigh

May 27, 2022

Media Contact: Kandace Taylor, Marketing and Public Relations Director, UCO Office for Advancement, 405-974-3553, ktaylor55@uco.edu

UCO Foundation Awards Students with Newly Established George and Donna Nigh Scholarship

The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation recently honored George Nigh, former UCO president and Oklahoma governor, and his wife Donna, with the newly established George and Donna Nigh Scholarship at the 29th annual Presidential Partners Luncheon. 

The George and Donna Nigh Scholarship was established to recognize UCO students who choose to pursue a career in public service, as well as the long-standing legacy of the Nighs at Central. 

Marina Jones, a senior political science major from Choctaw, Oklahoma, and Zain Whitlock, a freshman political science major from Newalla, Oklahoma, were the inaugural scholarship recipients.

“George and Donna Nigh are truly inspiring,” said Art Cotton, vice president for the Office of Advancement at Central.

“Their collective impact is far-reaching at UCO and because of that, we created the George and Donna Nigh scholarship that mirrors the couple’s giving spirit and generosity.”

The Presidential Partners Luncheon serves as an opportunity to recognize donors who give $1,000 or more throughout the year to the UCO Foundation. 

The Presidential Partners Program was created in 1993, as a vision of philanthropy by Nigh. The program now has more than 700 members who are critical to providing opportunities for the brightest Central scholars to maximize their experience.

For more information about the Presidential Partners Program at UCO, visit centralconnection.org/presidentialpartners.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation recently honored George Nigh, former UCO president and Oklahoma governor, and his wife Donna, with the newly established George and Donna Nigh Scholarship at the 29th annual Presidential Partners Luncheon. Pictured, from left to right, Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar, UCO president; Zain Whitlock, a freshman political science major from Choctaw, Oklahoma; Donna Nigh; Marina Jones, a senior political science major from Newalla, Oklahoma; and, George Nigh.