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Call for 2021 OKC Beautiful Service Scholarship applicants

By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —

OKLAHOMA CITY, – OKC Beautiful is seeking high school seniors who display leadership skills in the area of service, sustainability, and environmental initiatives to receive their $2,500 service scholarship for 2021.  

The mission of OKC Beautiful is to improve the image and appearance of Oklahoma City through programs, education and community engagement.

High school seniors who live or go to school in Oklahoma City and have displayed leadership skills in the area of service may apply. Special consideration will be given to students who have an emphasis in environmental and sustainability initiatives.

Applications are due by Sunday, February 21. Those interested can complete the online application here.  Applicants need to submit two letters of recommendation to [email protected],

The recipient will be notified via email by March 1. Applicants are not required to go to a university or college in the Oklahoma City area or study a particular subject.

The scholarship award will be presented during OKC Beautiful’s 36th Annual (live and virtual) Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 25. More details will follow.

During the luncheon, OKC Beautiful will celebrate the outstanding efforts put forth by individuals, businesses, and organizations to improve Oklahoma City.

This year’s honorees include:  Mayor’s Award – Chisholm Creek, the LitterBlitz Volunteer award – Elliott Roofing, Volunteer Spirit Award – Valerie Naifeh, Community Spirit Award – Together Square, Aubrey McClendon Corporate Award – Bank of Oklahoma, President’s Special Recognition – Green Tree Project, Oklahoma Visionary Award – OKC Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the Pendleton Woods Lifetime Achievement Award – Governor Bill Anoatubby.

Event Honorary Chairwoman for 2021 is Pat Potts.

Serving the Oklahoma City area for over 50 years, OKC Beautiful believes that the appearance of the city directly impacts its economic viability as well as affecting the quality of life and self-image of its residents. 

Each year, OKC Beautiful members plant hundreds of trees and wildflowers, pick up thousands of pounds of litter, landscape public spaces, maintain city parks and teach each thousands of students how to keep the environment clean.

OKC Beautiful’s major funding source is private donations from citizens and local businesses dedicated to improving the image and appearance of the community. Foundation grants, special events, endowments and other sources of income provide funds for OKC Beautiful’s operating expenses and programs.

OKC Beautiful does not receive funds from city, state or federal government.

In 1962, the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce organized a beautification committee, which expanded to become the Mayor’s Committee for City Beautification, appointed and organized by Mayor James H. Norick.

On March 26, 1971 the organization was incorporated as Oklahoma City Beautiful Inc. as the only nonprofit organization dedicated to the beautification of Oklahoma City.

For more information, visit okcbeautiful.com or call 405-525-8822.

This story first appeared online on Feb. 12, 2021.

OKC Beautiful’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award honorees are: (clockwise from top left) Chisholm Creek, Elliott Roofing, Valerie Naifeh, Together Square, OKC Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Green Tree Project, Bank of Oklahoma, and Governor Bill Anoatubby. Facebook photo