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Agriculture and Technology Scholarships

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is offering scholarships to students in southern Oklahoma to help them pursue careers in agriculture or technology.


The Noble Foundation conducts plant science research to help farmers and ranchers. See here for a past story about the foundation.

The Sam Noble Scholarship Program helps students looking for degrees from technical institutes or agriculture-related bachelor’s or graduate degrees. The foundation says the agriculture students study everything from economics, communication, agribusiness, and agricultural engineering. As for the technology students, they study computer information systems, photography, and high-voltage electricity.

Here are the details of the scholarship program…

Scholarships for students seeking undergraduate degrees in agriculture-related fields provide $2,500 of support per semester for up to nine semesters, while scholarships for graduate students offer $3,125 per semester for up to five semesters. Applicants must pursue their education at a university awarding baccalaureate or higher degrees through a division or college of agriculture, such as Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Texas Tech University (Lubbock campus) or Texas A&M University (College Station campus).

 Scholarships for those seeking degrees or certifications from technical institutes are for $3,750 per year for up to two years. The applicant must pursue this degree or certification at Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma City or Okmulgee campus.

 To be eligible to receive a scholarship, a student must plan to attend or be attending a qualifying university or technology training institution during the 2016-2017 academic year. The student must also be a resident of one of the following southern Oklahoma counties: Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Coal, Garvin, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, Murray, Pontotoc, Pushmataha or Stephens.

To apply for a scholarship go to this website, www.noble.org/sam-noble-scholarship or send an email to scholarships@noble.org.

The applications must be completed by Feb. 15, 2016.


OSU Drone Makes Historic Flight


Ben Loh flies the unmanned aerial vehicle. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

Ben Loh flies the unmanned aerial vehicle. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

The pic above shows a drone developed by OSU grads and professors making an historic flight inside the U.S. Senate. (Kinda looks like the remote that Luke Skywalker used to train with in Star Wars!!)

The drone is called ATLAS or All Terrain Land and Air Sphere System. It was developed by Ben Loh, an Oklahoma State University graduate. This flight took place in a Senate hearing room on July 31st. It’s the first time an unmanned vehicle took flight inside the U.S. Senate. It was one of the main attractions during the Senate Aerospace Caucus.

Dyan Gibbens, CEO of Unmanned Cowboys. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

Dyan Gibbens, CEO of Unmanned Cowboys. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

Loh, Dyan Gibbons, and two other OSU professors started Unmanned Cowboys  in 2014. The company develops drones and “autonomous aerial vehicle technologies”.

ATLAS can fly, hover, roll on the ground, and take flight again. Loh and Gibbens say it works great inside buildings and that ATLAS is perfect for search and rescue situations.

During the caucus Gibbens briefed Senate staff about different ways drones can be used. She was also on a panel with other industry executives.

“We are grateful to Sen. Patty Murray’s office and the AIA for coordinating a drone flight in the Senate,” Gibbens said. “It was exhilarating to fly at the Aerospace Caucus and demonstrate ATLAS as a safe choice for indoor usage.”

Audience members inspect ATLAS. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

Audience members inspect ATLAS. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University