The family and friends of Louis Skurcenski created this scholarship in his memory in 2006. Lou was employed for 34 years as an analytical chemist for Phillips Petroleum Company. A former college athlete and member of the Phillips 66ers Basketball Team (which dominated amateur basketball for 40 years), Lou was a tireless supporter of youth sports in Bartlesville and spent countless hours as a coach, mentor, volunteer, and fan. He also enjoyed tutoring and encouraging students in the pursuit of science and business.

After a 12-year battles with cancer, Lou’s life was cut far too short. Remembered for his dry sense of humor, encouraging spirit and optimistic outlook in all situations, this award is presented each year to a college-bound senior who is a student-athlete (high school), and who embodies the qualities of a natural leader — integrity, good sportsmanship and a positive attitude — which made Lou a beloved part of many lives.

Amount Available: 

$2,000 payable as 25 percent per semester for the first two years as long as 2.5 or higher college GPA is maintained. You may be invited to reapply for scholarship dollars fo the second two years.

Eligibility Criteria: 

Unless a college student invited to reapply, the applicant must be a Bartlesville High School graduating senior and a participant in high school athletics. Applicants will be judged on scholastic achievement, financial need, community involvement, sportsmanlike conduct and leadership, service to school, service to the community, and congeniality with students, staff, and faculty. The applicant must have achieved a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher based on the four-point scale.

Letters of Recommendation: 

Please submit two letters of recommendation with your application. Letters must be submitted in-person or by mail to the Foundation office prior to the scholarship deadline.

  • One letter must be from the applicant’s school counselor
  • The second letter can be from any unrelated community member, teacher, mentor, etc. of the student’s choice

Required Addendum:

Two 200-500 word essays. Please write a response to the following questions:

  • What are your post-college goals and how will a college education help you achieve those goals?
  • Please also respond to one of the following essay topics:
    • A positive influence that helped you succeed
    • A recent obstacle you overcame and how you handled it
    • How your college experience has changed you (only answer this question if you have been invited to reapply for the scholarship)

Read more about Lou Skurcenski HERE


This application is now closed.