OU Foundation celebrates new Lottinville Scholars

Winter 2020

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University of Oklahoma Norman campus Vice Provost for Instruction and Student Success Mark Morvant (left) and OU Foundation President and CEO Guy Patton (right) congratulate Rita H. Lottinville Prize recipients Kaylee Kimbrough, Summer Anwar, Taylor Carmen and Bailey Looper. Fellow recipient Javier Chaves Camargo was studying abroad. Photo by Lynette Lobban

University of Oklahoma Norman campus Vice Provost for Instruction and Student Success Mark Morvant (left) and OU Foundation President and CEO Guy Patton (right) congratulate Rita H. Lottinville Prize recipients Kaylee Kimbrough, Summer Anwar, Taylor Carmen and Bailey Looper. Fellow recipient Javier Chaves Camargo was studying abroad. Photo by Lynette Lobban

Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores were named recipients of the prestigious 2019 Rita H. Lottinville Prize during a December luncheon hosted by OU Foundation President and CEO Guy L. Patton and OU Vice Provost for Instruction and Student Success Mark Morvant.

The five 2019 Lottinville winners were selected from 643 OU sophomores – believed to be the largest pool ever eligible for the prize – who maintained a 3.8 grade point average or better their freshman year while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. This year’s recipients are Summer Anwar of Edmond, Okla.; Taylor Carmen of Norman, Okla.; Kaylee Kimbrough of Greenville, Texas; Bailey Looper of Midwest City, Okla.; and Javier Chavez Camargo of Caracas, Venezuela.

The annual prizes, which include a $1,500 scholarship, were established in 1952 and endowed in 1982 by the late Savoie Lottinville in honor of his wife. A 30-year trustee of the OU Foundation, Lottinville was director emeritus of the OU Press and Regents’ Professor Emeritus of History.

“We have had the blessing to administer the Lottinville Prize since that time,” Patton said. “Many recipients have come before you, and many will come after. I can’t imagine a group of students who have a higher likelihood of professional success.”

“Think about Savoie and Rita Lottinville and what they meant to OU and Oklahoma,” Morvant told the students, explaining that Savoie Lottinville’s work was crucial to disseminating information about Oklahoma and the American West.

The Lottinville Prize is recognized as one of OU’s top awards, he added. “What this prize says is we know you’re going to go change the world.”

A diverse faculty committee interviewed candidates for the prize, with selection based on Lottinville’s criteria of “moral force of character and the willingness to lead and help one’s fellows and stimulate qualities of truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.” Applicants also submitted brief essays on topics set forth originally by Lottinville.

Lottinville, a 1929 OU journalism graduate, was editor of The Oklahoma Daily student newspaper, a member of the OU RUF/NEKS and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also was named a Rhodes Scholar and subsequently studied at Oxford University. In addition to directing the OU Press and serving on the history faculty, he authored five books, was an Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the Distinguished Service Citation, then OU’s highest honor.