The Hefner China Fund, under the leadership of MeiLi and Robert A. Hefner III, established the “Hefner Initiative” OSSM Award 2006/07
The two awards are based on the following criteria:
* The award is given to two current seniors from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM)
* ACT Score or SAT score
* A solid performance during the junior year at OSSM
* Resume submitted by the students
* Essay on the student’s view in regard to “US/China relations”
A committee of teachers reviewed the entries and submitted the semi-finalists for the Hefners to assess and announce the two winners.
Each award consists of a 10-day trip to China/Asia (i.e., a package tour with return air tickets and accommodation paid for by the Hefner China Fund) and the Hefners will announce the destinations of the award at a later date.
On their return, the two winners are required to write about their trip and a follow up essay on their view in regard to “US/China relations”, whether their views remained or changed. The Hefners also encourage the winners to give talks to their community and share their experiences with family, friends and fellow students.