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Hefner Initiative-OSSM

Hefner Initiative-OSSM

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.


Robert and MeiLi Hefner with 2006/07 Hefner Awardees (left) Sebastian Gould and (right) Alex Spier