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Brey, Hickman Awarded Inaugural MLK Service Scholarship at OUKS


Ottawa, Kan. – Two OUKS students have been awarded the University’s newly founded Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Service Scholarship. Taiya Hickman and Nicole Brey were presented the scholarships during MLK “Day of Service” activities on campus Jan. 21.

The new scholarship was made possible through the leadership of OU alumnus Rev. Timothy Malone ’80, who is president and co-founder of the Davis, Calif.-based Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. Candidates had to be nominated by a community member or OU administrator, faculty, staff or student., who personally know the character and commitment to justice of the student they nominate.

Other selection criteria included candidates being a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in good standing, involved in community service activities, and holding a position of leadership to improve OU. Nominees were required to submit three letters of recommendation, and a selection committee at OU chose five finalists whose names were sent to Rev. Malone’s committee in California.

“There were a lot of deserving students who were nominated for this award. So much so, that the committee decided to present the award to two outstanding students instead of one. I was delighted to see how many students we have on campus who are making an impact. I would like to congratulate both Taiya and Nicole on receiving this award. It is well deserved,” said Donald Anderson, OU’s multicultural program coordinator, who was personally involved in the selection process.

Hickman is a sophomore communications major, and a member of the women’s track and field team. Her deep admiration for the former civil rights leader makes earning the award very special.

“I am extremely honored to be the one of the first winners of the Martin Luther King Scholarship. I’ve always admired Dr. King and how he was able to use his voice, courage and service to inspire people of all colors and ages. I believe that his dream lives on because there are people who strive to fix race relations, bring people together and celebrate how diversity is truly a beautiful thing,” said Hickman.

Brey is a junior elementary education major, and a member of the competitive cheer team. She strives to model her life as a reflection of Dr. King’s message.

“Martin Luther King Jr. said: ‘Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’ I believe we were created to put others before ourselves, and that is the kind of life I want to live out. I am so honored to receive this scholarship. I want to thank the faculty and staff at Ottawa University, who have helped shaped me into the person I am, and I want to thank my family for raising me to value myself, my work, my faith and most importantly others,” said Brey.

This was the first year the $1,000 MLK scholarship was awarded. It is provided in partnership with Rev. Malone and the University.


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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix and Queen Creek, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit for more information.

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