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Skiatook football player Jayden Garner

The University of Central Oklahoma recently awarded the President’s Leadership Scholarship to Skiatook High School graduate Jayden Garner in recognition of his demonstrated talent and distinguished achievement in leadership, citizenship, service and communication.

Garner, an incoming freshman at Central, is among 46 students chosen for the scholarship from the 210 finalists who were interviewed by Central faculty and staff leaders for the university’s leadership scholarship programs.

Garner will receive a tuition waiver for 12 hours of classes each semester, a $2,250 yearly stipend for room and board, and a one-time $1,000 global and service stipend and will also serve on the President’s Leadership Council (PLC).

The global and service stipend can be used to offset the cost of studying abroad or participating in one of UCO’s global and service leadership tours. The stipend furthers UCO’s deep commitment to global and cultural competencies for its students.

“UCO’s leadership scholarship programs include students from across the state of Oklahoma who have displayed tremendous investment in their communities and leadership development. Our recipients were chosen from over 1,400 applicants, and we are excited they will continue their leadership and professional development at UCO,” said Jarrett Jobe, Ph.D., assistant vice president of student leadership at Central.

“These students will have tremendous impact on each academic college, numerous student organizations and the metro community through innovative and intentional programs.”

PLC members must be enrolled as full-time students, complete volunteer service each semester through Central’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center and be a member of at least two campus student organizations. Members also attend monthly council meetings to discuss individual projects, volunteer opportunities, and to plan and organize campus activities.

Freshmen PLC members also enroll in Central’s annual fall leadership class “Lessons in Leadership,” where students hear from state and national leaders who share their unique experiences and offer insights about leadership and work in teams to complete service projects.

For more information about the University of Central Oklahoma, visit uco.edu.

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Lindsey is the managing editor for the Skiatook Journal. She holds an M.A in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to the start of her news career in 2011, Renuard was a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma.