DURANT, Okla. â€“ The Brady Joe Rudolf Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship will be given to students who have declared Aviation-Professional Pilot as their major field of study. Students must have graduated from an Oklahoma or Texas high school, with priority order being Durant, Bryan County, the state of Oklahoma, or the state of Texas.
Brady was born in Durant, graduated from Durant High School in 1989, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southeastern in 1993. He went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma School of Pharmacy, and was employed as a pharmacist at the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City. While at Southeastern, his activities included Student Senate and Blue Key. He was also a charter member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Brady’s loving family includes wife, Jennifer, sons Braden, Ty and Nate, parents Nathalia and Doug Flowers, and the late Larry Rudolf; brother and sister-in-law Dustin and Tammy Rudolf and their children Brittany, Alec and Gavin; and in-laws Randy and Cindy Tadlock, and Bryan and Samantha Manning.
After serving 20 years in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, he was killed during his second deployment when his Chinook helicopter crashed in Iraq on September 18, 2008. A section of Highway 70 west of Durant has been dedicated in his honor.
At a young age Rudolf achieved success as a pharmacist and Chinook pilot, while continuing to be a great family man to his wife and three sons. He was goal-driven and continued to strive for success in every aspect of his life. His hard work and great example will, hopefully, inspire those who receive his scholarship.
The family created this scholarship to give back to the community and friends who showed their love and support during their tragic loss. Southeastern was chosen to host the scholarship because the family considers it their hometown university. Brady, his wife, parents and many other family members and friends are graduates of Southeastern.
Mrs. Rudolf said, “Our goal is to remember and honor Brady and to help students who share his love of aviation. The donations previously given in memory of Brady were very much appreciated and set aside by the family to help fund this scholarship.”