The parents of Samantha Nicole and Sydney Rebecca Potts created this scholarship. Samantha and Sydney both graduated from Bartlesville High School and pursued engineering degrees at the University of Oklahoma. Samantha excelled at OU, graduating with Special Distinction, Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. She is currently employed with ConocoPhillips in Houston. Sydney also excelled at OU, graduated with Special Distinction, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She is currently employed with Williams Companies in Houston.

Both daughters earned significant merit-based scholarships which assisted with more than 90% of the university’s bursar tuition and fees costs. Due to their receipt of merit-based scholarships, this has allowed for the creation of this “pay it forward” scholarship for future female BHS graduates pursuing engineering. This scholarship is reserved for Bartlesville High School students because both daughters benefited significantly through BHS offerings such as STEM courses, AP courses and access to concurrent college courses, as these courses prepared them for the rigors of engineering.

Award Details: 

Up to $1,000, payable to the university or college on behalf of the recipient, following proof of enrollment.

This merit-based scholarship will be awarded to a female Bartlesville High School student majoring in engineering. Recipients will be selected based on adherence to prescribed criteria, strength of essay, and strong character as demonstrated through letters of recommendation. Strong consideration will be given to students active in extracurricular activities which demonstrate leadership as well as students who have a demonstrated work history. This is NOT a financial needs-based scholarship, so please do not submit a FAFSA or other financial data. This scholarship is merit-based.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Bartlesville High School graduating senior
  • Unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Planning to attend a four-year college/university
  • Pursuing a degree in engineering or STEM related field

Required Addendums: 

  • Personal essay of 500 to 1000 words, addressing the topic “Why I want to pursue an engineering or STEM field.”
  • Brief personal biography of 200 to 500 words
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a BHS faculty member, and one from any unrelated community member, teacher, mentor, etc. Letters should provide background around things such as the student’s character, demonstrated interest in engineering, outside activities (volunteering, community involvement, sports, clubs), work history, and why the student would be a good fit for this scholarship.
  • Current photo (optional)
  • Official Bartlesville High School transcript


This application is now closed.