Rising to the Top

Posted by Paula Paine on November 11, 2014 in "Allie Straub", "Top Scholars", "Your OU" After his inauguration in 2008, President Kevin C. Eichner initiated the Top Scholars program at The College, whereby high school seniors who meet strict criteria are invited to compete for Presidential and Provost Scholarships, which provide full and three-quarter tuition scholarships respectively. The objective was to attract especially talented men and women to the University to enrich all elements of the residential experience at The College. The program has been enormously successful, as over 80 such scholars are now contributing in major ways to the intellectual and campus life of the campus in Ottawa. This nucleus of such gifted students is in no small way one of the reasons we have been able to achieve such strong enrollment growth and retention at The College.
 
Six Presidential Scholarships and 10 Provost Scholarships were awarded during the 2013-14 academic year, and the 16 Top Scholars are now highly engaged on campus. Alexandria (Allie) Straub of Lawrence, Kansas, is one of them.
 
“Getting the Presidential Scholarship really helped to make my education possible,” said Straub, whose brothers Lucas and Nino both graduated from Ottawa University. “I've always known that I would largely have to fund my own college education, so had I not been a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, I would have been forced to choose a public school and live at home. Because people gave money for scholarships, I can get an Ottawa education and also enjoy the full college experience.”
 
Straub is an elementary education major with an emphasis in science. She tries to give back to the University by being as active as possible. “My first year at OU has been busy!” she said. “Coming into such a small town, I didn't expect much to be happening, but it seems like there is something going on every night.”
 
In addition to participating in numerous activities on campus, Straub works part-time in the Admissions Office, is the treasurer for PRSSA and is a member of the Whole Earth Club and DECCA.
 
“Allie is a wonderful example of the outstanding scholars that we select as recipients of the Presidential Scholarship, which is the most prestigious award that we offer at Ottawa University,” said Eichner. “She and her fellow top scholars are distinguishing themselves as leaders on campus and embody the excellence associated with an OU education. It is one of the singular pleasures of this job to see people like Allie grow and flourish here. I look forward to drawing more like her to campus in the coming years through these scholarship awards.”