Blair Thompson Russell was a 2001 graduate of Bartlesville High School. She was active in choir, dance and National Honor Society, and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her graduating classmates. She was a National Merit Scholar and an exemplary student. She lived a robust life of strong values, refusing to succumb to the pressures of her peers or her own limitations. Tragically, in July 2006, Blair was involved in an automobile accident that took her life. At the time of her death she was teaching High School English, one of her passions. She found great fulfillment in helping the struggling student to succeed. She spent many lunch hours, as well as after-school hours, with those students who might otherwise fail. One student wrote, “I received my diploma because of her!”

Award Details: 

Up to $1,000 payable to the university, college, junior college, trade or vocational school on behalf of the recipient, following proof of acceptance.

Recipient will be selected based on adherence to prescribed criteria, meaningful content and clarity of essay, and strong character as demonstrated through letters of recommendation.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Bartlesville High School graduating senior
  • Unweighted high school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Demonstrated strong moral character and citizenship during high school years
  • Able to describe how they have overcome personal obstacles but demonstrated academic dedication throughout
  • Planning to attend university, college, junior college, trade or vocational school

Required Addendums:

  • Personal essay of 1000 words or less, explaining obstacles you have overcome and areas of personal growth as a result of these challenges
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a BHS faculty member, and one from an unrelated community member
  • Official Bartlesville High School transcript


This application is now closed.