Cameron University welcomes 34th class of PLUS scholars

Cameron University has named 25 freshmen Presidential Leaders & University Scholars (PLUS) for the 2014-15 academic year. The PLUS program, now in its 34th year, is designed to reward students who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding leadership capabilities while in high school and to teach these students skills that will prepare them for dynamic leadership roles in their respective careers.

“We are happy to welcome these outstanding students as PLUS scholars, Cameron’s most prestigious scholarship program,” says Jennifer Pruchnicki, Director of Student Development. “Over the next four years, these students will participate in a variety of activities aimed at preparing them for leadership positions throughout their lifetime.”

This year’s recipients come from across Oklahoma and combine a breadth of leadership and community service experiences. In addition to receiving scholarship packages worth more than $20,000, students selected for the program take part in a four-year leadership development program aimed at developing excellent citizens and professionals.

Students are chosen each year based on an application process that focuses on leadership experience, involvement in the community, grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, an essay on the topic of leadership and a formal interview.

PLUS scholars receive leadership training that helps them make the transition from high school to college, learn leadership theory, communication skills, group dynamics and problem solving. In later years of the program, the focus shifts to presentation skills and preparation for beginning a career with such workshops as résumé writing, interviewing and making wise career decisions.

The 2014-15 PLUS class members who have authorized release of their names are listed by hometown and graduating high school. Each student’s intended area of study is also included.


Jonathan Drake, Biology


Travis Burch, Physics

Mitchell McLaury, Accounting

Kacie Scroggins, Sociology

Brooklyn Sullins, Biology

Jared Tahah, Sports and Exercise Science


Sarah McGarr, Psychology

Community Christian School, Oklahoma City:

Natalie Wimer, Mathematics Education


John Tidwell, Chemistry

Lawton Christian: 

Emily Booker, Chemistry

Lawton Eisenhower:

Synthia Cunningham, Biology or Psychology

Kylie Erricson, Elementary Education

Taegan Gatlin, Education

Lawton High:  

Jeein Yoon, Biology

Lawton MacArthur: 

Nicholas Bryant, Accounting

Joy Burton, Biology

Shelbey Dismuke, Undecided

Taylor Ledford, Biology


Abigale Hooper, English Education


David Coffey, Chemistry


James Barker-Murphey, Biology


Elizabeth Good, Communication


Makenna Brown, Undecided

Colin Graham, Agriculture

Cassidy Johnson, Elementary Education

For more information about Cameron’s PLUS program, go to


August 6, 2014

PR# 14-129