The Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame is proud to present its 2018 scholarships to Faith Hopkins of Bartlesville and John “Nick” O’Donnell of Oklahoma City.
The scholarships, worth $5,000 each, will go to Oklahoma State University for Hopkins and the University of Oklahoma for O’Donnell.
“Once again, it was an incredibly difficult decision because of the many outstanding candidates,” said Lew Erickson, chair of the scholarship committee. ““Some folks think the hall of fame is only about celebrating the past, but we are also investing in the future. Nick and Faith are two of our brightest stars. We are pleased to invest in their future.”
“I am thankful for all the supporters of the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame that make this possible.”
Hopkins earned a 3.9 GPA in the classroom and won the Class 6A state championship held this spring on her home course Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville. She will compete on the golf team for OSU beginning in the fall season.
Hopkins has a long history of success in area junior golf events including U.S. Kids, South Central PGA Junior Tour, Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour and high school golf. She is equally busy and committed off the course, an active leader in her church and in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where she has taken mission trips to both New York City and the Dominican Republlic.
Hopkins has been a National Honor Society member in 2016-18 and on the honor roll since sixth grade.
O’Donnell earned a 3.83 GPA while maintaining an extremely busy schedule at Bishop McGuinness High School. Like Hopkins, he played four years of high school golf after starting in U.S. Kids Golf, PGA Junior League and OJGT events. He is a National Honor Society member among many academic and leadership clubs and societies.
O’Donnell has also worked in the industry at Lake Hefner Golf Course and came highly recommended by Hall of Fame member and Director of Golf at Lake Hefner Alsie Hyden.
“Nick is an exceptional young man, showing strength and maturity beyond his years,” Hyden wrote. “He is a polite, intelligent, respectful and honest person.”
The two will be honored at a luncheon following the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame Classic July 16 at Oak Tree National. Anyone wishing to put a team in the fund-raiser can still do so by clicking here or calling 918-280-0787.
The Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame would like to thank all the outstanding applicants who applied for the 2018 scholarships.