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June 26, 2006

Wallace receives $2,500 scholarship


Rusty Wallace, a recent graduate of Cowley College, is the winner of the 2006 Robert B. Oliver Scholarship presented by the American Society of Non-Destructive Testing.

The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to the student who submits the most outstanding paper about Non-Destructive Testing research, investigation or development. The scholarship honors and assists students who have chosen NDT as a career and are currently enrolled in an NDT program leading to an undergraduate degree, associate degree or postsecondary certificate.

Wallace, who will be attending Oklahoma State University in the fall, will have his paper on an x-ray project he did for Bombardier appear in the November, 2006 issue of Materials Evaluation. He credits Bruce Crouse, department chair for the Industrial Technology Department at Cowley College, for letting him know about the scholarship opportunity.

“I was really surprised and excited to find out I had won,” Wallace said. “It states if they don’t deem any paper good enough they will not give the award, so they must have found something about my paper that they liked.”

At Cowley, Wallace was named the school’s Student of the Year. He was president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association secretary, co-treasurer of the International Student Club, was a Student Ambassador, and was a member of the Math & Science Club and the Young Republicans.

This summer, he is serving as a resident assistant for Cowley’s Upward Bound program.