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Phyllis Jones Rustin Endowed Scholarship established

Phyllis Jones Rustin and Southeastern president SeanBurrage announced the establishment of the scholarship recently.

Phyllis Jones Rustin and Southeastern president SeanBurrage announced the establishment of the scholarship recently.

DURANT, Okla. – The Phyllis Jones Rustin Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Foundation.

The scholarship is available to benefit deserving students seeking a degree in English at Southeastern. Preference will be given to students majoring in English Education.

Rustin earned a bachelor of arts in Speech Communication with minors in English and Education from Southern Nazarene/Southeastern in 1974. She received hermaster’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Southeastern in 1986.

Her professional experience includes 23 years as a classroom teacher at Durant High School, 1989-2012; also,Antlers Junior High School, 1975-76; Hugo Junior High School, 1976-77; and Indian Tutor for Hugo Public Schools, 1977-80.

Rustin has taught English II Pre-Advanced Placement, English I, English I Honors and English I Pre-AP, journalism and creative writing, Speech I, andlanguage arts for seventh and eighth grades.

For the last two summers, she has taught English workshops for Southeastern’s Upward Bound program.

Rustin has earned awards for writing and poetry, attended and presented various workshops, and has been involved with numerous educational organizations.

“This University means so much to our family and to our community,” she said. “The drama, music and art departments are bright lights in Durant and in southeastern Oklahoma.”

Polson Family Scholarship established at Southeastern

Jerry and Judy Polson have established a scholarship in honor of their two sons, both Southeastern graduates.

Jerry and Judy Polson have established a scholarship in honor of their two sons, both Southeastern graduates.

DURANT, Okla. – The Polson Family Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to student-athletes and is given in honor of the two sons of retired Southeastern educators Dr. Jerry Polson and Judy Polson.  Both sons – Jonathan and Benjamin – were Parsons Scholars.

Jonathan, an English Education major, was an All-America football player and graduated from Southeastern in 1994.

Benjamin, a Science Education major, was recruited by a number of  universities, including several Ivy League schools, but elected to forgo college athletics. He graduated from Southeastern in 1998.

Jerry and Judy Polson came to Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1969.

Jerry was professor of physics and held numerous other positions at the University, including department chair, assistant vice president of academic affairs, dean of the graduate school and faculty athletics representative. He retired two years ago.

Judy was an adjunct professor in the English Department until they started their family. She has also been very active in numerous organizations, such as Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Families Feeding Families.

Both have also been active in their church.

The Polson Family Scholarship is available to football players who are also English Education majors; any student-athlete who is a Science Education major; or any student who is a Science major.

In the event of multiple applicants, the choice will be based on GPA and/or need.