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Ella Barnett is 2022-23 Orbie Wilburn Memorial Scholar at SWOSU

Orbie Wilburn

The late Orbie DeWayne Wilburn

Ella Barnett

Ella Barnett

Ella Barnett has been named the 2022-2023 Orbie Wilburn Memorial Scholar at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU).

Barnett is a 2022 Weatherford High School graduate and will be a freshman at SWOSU in August 2022. She is the daughter of Amy and Randy Barnett, both SWOSU professors.

The Orbie Wilburn Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 by Gary and Linda Wilburn (SWOSU Class of 1997) of Weatherford to pay tribute to their son, the late Orbie DeWayne Wilburn.

The Orbie Wilburn Memorial Scholarship Fund is stewarded by the SWOSU Foundation, Inc. The Foundation was established in 1977 to promote philanthropy and distribute funds to support the activities and programs of SWOSU. Located on the Weatherford campus in the historic Burton House, the Foundation currently stewards over $37 million in assets for the benefit of SWOSU. For information on how to make a charitable gift to SWOSU please contact the SWOSU Foundation, Inc. at 580-774-3267 or visit