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Dr. Karen M. Clark Scholarship


The Oklahoma City Chapter of Chums, Inc. established a scholarship program in 2009 to help minority youth who pursue post high school education or training. Annually, two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to high school graduates who attend a college or vocational school full time for the first time. Graduating seniors from the Oklahoma City, Edmond, Putnam City, Millwood or Mid-Del School districts are eligible to apply.  Scholarship applications are accepted in February and scholarships awarded in May.


In 2012, the Chapter officially named the scholarship after Dr. Karen M. Clark, organizer and first president, in honor of her achievements and commitment to education.   The annual “I’m Every Woman” luncheon helps fund the scholarships.

                                                          2021 Scholarship Recipients


Layla Molina
Santa Fe High School

A talented young lady where she was an AP Scholar with Distinction and was Valedictorian of her 2021 graduating class.  During high school, she participated in the Symphonic Orchestra, Fey Club, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society.  She will attend The University of Oklahoma pursing a degree in architectural engineering.

Karen Santillan
U.S. Grant High School

An accomplished young woman who was a 2021 Valedictorian.  She graduated with a 4.3772 GPA.  During high school, she earned a Diploma of Distinction, was an AP Scholar and on the Superintendent's Honor Roll.  She also was the captain of the girls' varsity soccer team.  She will attend The University of Oklahoma pursing degrees in Math and Philosophy.

Erin Williams

Classen SAS at Northeast

A young woman of strong character who demonstrates a strong will to face challenge and follow her dreams. She is incredibly hardworking with excellent people skills and an easygoing personality.  She gets along with everyone and is a team player, that acknowledges other's strengths, weaknesses, and needs. She will attend Howard University pursing a degree in Marketing.


Past Scholarship Recipients

                                            2020                        Mackenzie Chandler

                                                                             J'lientia McNeal

                                            2019                          Moun'tae J. Edmundon Jr.

                                                                                Zamya Darthard

                                            2018                            Mallory Hudson

                                                                                 Avani Smith


                                            2017                            Cheryl Daniel

                                                                                 De’Ashia Cogdell


                                            2016                            Janna Carter


                                            2015                            Rickel Boyd

                                                                                 Hanna Ahmad-Coleman


                                            2014                            Alise Lanae Bundage

                                                                                 Aire-ana Robinson


                                            2013                            Sky Deer

                                                                                 MacKenzie Renfro


                                            2012                            Karla Y. Villalobos


                                            2011                            Siah Sicarr



Dr. Karen Marie Clark

For more than 20 years Dr. Karen M. Clark, organizer and first president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of Chums, Inc., served in education as a professor, department chair and administrator at the State Department of Education, St. Gregory College and Langston University.


Karen Marie Scott Clark, born in Chicago, IL, received a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Illinois State University, an M.Ed from Central State University and an Ed.D from Oklahoma State University. She also held local, regional and national leadership in Jack & Jill of America; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Links, Inc. and Chums Inc. She died on October 26, 2011.