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November-December 2015

UCO Establishes Scholarship in Honor of Nikita Nakal

UCO's Nikita Nakal.

The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation has created the Nikita Prabhakar Nakal Scholarship to honor the memory of UCO graduate student Nikita Prabhakar Nakal, who died as a result of injuries sustained during the incident at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade Oct. 24 in Stillwater. Nakal, pictured, arrived in the U.S. in July to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree at Central. She is originally from Mumbai, India.

The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation has created the Nikita Prabhakar Nakal Scholarship to honor the memory of UCO graduate student Nikita Prabhakar Nakal, who died as a result of injuries sustained during the incident at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade Oct. 24 in Stillwater.

Nakal, 23, arrived in the U.S. in July to pursue a Master of Business Administration at Central. She is originally from Mumbai, India.

The UCO College of Business initiated the creation of the fund through the foundation.

“We could think of no better way to honor Nikita than by creating a scholarship that will forever honor her name and her dream. We hope that this scholarship will provide other students, for decades to come, the chance to pursue their dream of an MBA here at Central,” said Ethan Waples, Ph.D., director of graduate programs for the UCO College of Business.

Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made online at www.centralconnection.org/NakalFund or via a personal check with “Nikita Prabhakar Nakal Scholarship” in the memo line mailed to the UCO Foundation, 100 N. University Dr., Box 133, Edmond, OK, 73034.

The scholarship will be available to students pursuing an MBA at UCO and will be open for application for the fall 2016 semester. Preference will be given to international students.

“We hope the Central family and the people of Oklahoma can begin to remember Nikita more for her persistent smile and vibrancy than for the tragedy of her death. This scholarship is our chance to continue the positivity that emanated from Nikita,” added Waples.

For more information about the Nikita Prabhakar Nakal Scholarship or about contributing to the fund, please contact Elizabeth Zamorano, manager of development for the UCO Foundation, at 405-974-3776, or visit www.centralconnection.org/NakalFund.

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