BCBSOK Awards Oklahoma Youth Expo Scholarships

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) awarded four- $5,000 Health and Wellness scholarships to high school seniors involved in the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE).

The recipients of the 2016 scholarships were as follows:  Chelsea Allen of Oologah; Hunter Dugan of Tecumseh; Madyson Arthur and Katie Sue Scifres, both of Chickasha.

The students were selected to receive a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Health and Wellness scholarship based on academics, community involvement and their aspiration to attend an Oklahoma Higher Education Institution in pursuit of a medical degree, with the intention of focusing on health in the rural part of Oklahoma, after graduation.

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma understands the importance of access to health care and providers in rural parts of the state. We hope this scholarship program will encourage college graduates with health-related degrees, to   work in non-metro areas and serve the people in those communities. Together, we can make a positive impact in rural health outcomes in our state.” said Ted Haynes, President of BCBSOK.

BCBSOK also took part in the OYE Legislative Show. More than 80 Oklahoma State Legislators and show sponsors participated by being paired with OYE exhibitors and learning how to properly show livestock. Haynes was partnered with Katie Sue Scifres, an OYE exhibitor from Chickasha FFA and scholarship recipient, and had the opportunity to show her pig, Spot.