Oklahoma State University

Wise Graduate Fellowship

When T. Boone Pickens made his inspiring announcement to provide a testamentary matching gift of $100 million for University scholarships, Library supporters quickly stepped up to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Dr. James and Elizabeth Wise of Oklahoma City pledged $50,000 to endow a scholarship for students working at the OSU Libraries. Their gift qualifies for the Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match, resulting in a total endowment of $100,000.

Dr. Wise served as a Library student assistant during his undergraduate career at OSU. For the last 20 years, his Wise Outstanding Student Assistant Award has encouraged outstanding performance by Library student workers while providing assistance to students supporting themselves through school.

Endowed scholarships, such as the one created by the Wises, leave a lasting impact at Oklahoma State because spending is made from earned interest only, leaving the fund’s principal intact.


  • Must be an OSU graduate student working in a library student position (no restrictions on discipline)

Past Recipients include


  • Lindsey Fluhman
  • Janel Lamar


  • Jessica Long


  • Josh Coulson


  • Darron Lamkin