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2014 Scholarship Finalists

Six Houston-area high school students have been selected as finalists for The OU Club of Houston 2014-15 scholarship awards.  Click on any name below to learn more about the student and watch their interview.

Each year, The OU Club of Houston presents two scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 per year for four years. The OU Foundation matches that total, raising the value of each scholarship to $8,000.

Recipients will be announced on June 9.


In 1965, the OU Club of Houston established a scholarship trust fund for the purpose of encouraging outstanding high school students from the Houston area to attend the University of Oklahoma.

Continued and generous support by Houston-area OU alumni and friends enables The OU Club of Houston to increase the scholarship trust fund insuring the annual awards keep pace with increases in out-of-state tuition costs at the University. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To make a contribution to The OU Club of Houston Scholarship Program, click here , or you may send a check payable to "The OU Foundation" and send to:

The OU Club of Houston
2437 Bay Area Blvd., #271
Houston, TX 77058

Darrell Royal Memorial Scholarship

Before becoming a Texas sports legend, before calling himself a Longhorn (or Husky or Eskimo), Darrell Royal was an All-American football player at the University of Oklahoma. Quarterbacking the Sooners to an undefeated season in 1948, Royal helped pave the way to the Oklahoma program's remarkable success in the decades to come.

To commemorate Royal's achievements as a Sooner, The OU Club of Houston has established the Darrell Royal Memorial Scholarship to be presented annually to a Houston-area high school student bound for the University of Oklahoma. Presently, the scholarship is worth $2,000 per year, consisting of a $1,000 cash award from the OU Club of Houston, and a matching $1,000 fee waiver from the University of Oklahoma. It is renewable for three additional years provided the recipient maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average and remains enrolled as a full-time student.

"Darrell Royal's accomplishments as the long-time head football coach at the Univeristy of Texas have firmly established him as one of the greats of all time," said Marilyn Turner, past board president of The OU Club of Houston. "But he learned how to win at Oklahoma. In the finest sense of the expression, Darrell Royal was both 'Sooner born and Sooner bred'."

Royal played at Oklahoma under coach Bud Wilkinson. The Hollis, OK, native still holds school records for the longest punt return and most career interceptions. Roal died November 7, 2012, from cariovascular complications relted to Alzheimer's disease. Before taking the University of Texas head coaching job, Royal was head coach of the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos and at the University of Washington and Mississippi State.

Robert and Jerry Simmer Scholarship

In 2001, the OU Club of Houston established a second scholarship, the Robert and Jerry Simmer scholarship, named in memory of Robert W. Simmer, a graduate of the OU Law School and longtime supporter of the University. Proceeds from an annual golf tournament bearing Mr. Simmer’s name as well as other fundraising events are used to fund the scholarship awarded through the OU Club of Houston. The Simmer scholarship is also worth $2,000 per year, consisting of a $1,000 cash award from the OU Club of Houston and a matching fee waiver from the University. It is also renewable for three additional years provided the recipient maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average and remains enrolled as a full-time student.

These two scholarships are awarded each year to students who best exemplify the qualities of academic achievement, leadership and service during their high school years. While need is considered in awarding the scholarships, it is only one factor among many used to select the recipients. Individuals who receive the awards are expected to be ambassadors from the Houston area, who exhibit the same qualities at OU that made them successful in high school.

Apply for an OU Club of Houston Scholarship

Applications for The Club's 2014/2015 scholarships are now closed. To be considered, candidates must have submitted the following information:

  • the electronic submission form available by clicking the "Application" link below
  • at least one and no more than three electronic references from people other than family members (see Application form for further instructions)
  • a hard copy of an official high school transcript.

Finalists will be selected no later than May 14, 2014, and will be asked to appear before the scholarship committee for an on-camera interview the week of May 19. Exact time and location to be determined.

,No incomplete applications will be considered.

Go to the Application page.

2013 Scholarship Finalists
Bailey Brougher
Klein Collins HS


Name High School OU Grad. Year
Carter Tesh
Seven Lakes
Danielle San Miguel
Klein Oak
Rachel Calhoun
Cinco Ranch
Gavin Smith
Klein Oak
Jon Clark
Klein Oak
Laura Zastoupil
Samantha Roe
Amelia Redmond
Cinco Ranch
Liz Severin
The Woodlands
Michelle Huff Kingwood
Thomas Hanks
Langham Creek
Durrell Hodge
Booker T. Washingon
Carolyn Edge
Ryan Smith
Kayla Mills
Cypress Falls
Grant Shawhan
Stephanie Lindsey Stratford
Stacy Russell
The Woodlands 2006
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