OU Foundation honors 2018 Lottinville Scholars

Winter 2019

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University of Oklahoma Norman campus Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper (left) and OU Foundation President and CEO Guy Patton (right) congratulate Rita H. Lottinville Prize recipients Logan Schoonover, Robert Cascella, Carson Ball and Richard Holt. Fellow recipient Lindsey Randall, not pictured, was studying abroad in Arezzo, Italy.

University of Oklahoma Norman campus Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper (left) and OU Foundation President and CEO Guy Patton (right) congratulate Rita H. Lottinville Prize recipients Logan Schoonover, Robert Cascella, Carson Ball and Richard Holt. Fellow recipient Lindsey Randall, not pictured, was studying abroad in Arezzo, Italy.

Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores have been named recipients of the prestigious 2018 Rita H. Lottinville Prize. The students received their awards and were honored during a December luncheon hosted by OU Foundation President and CEO Guy L. Patton and OU Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper.

The five 2018 Lottinville winners were selected from 639 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: Carson Ball of Collinsville, Okla.; Robert Cascella of Keller, Texas; Richard Holt of Montpelier, Vt.; Lindsey Randall of Tulsa; and Logan Schoonover of Aurora, Colo.

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.

“The process of selecting Lottinville Prize recipients is life affirming, to meet so many capable, enthusiastic, engaged young people,” Patton said. “I have a great deal of faith in our future.”

Harper, OU’s chief academic officer, said that Lottinville intended the prize to reflect academic ability, character and moral integrity. “I hope that you carry this honor with you for the rest of your life,” he told the recipients.

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.