Memorial Scholarships at Rose State College Honor Black Music Professor

Beginning next spring 10 students at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma, will be awarded Frances White Hughes Memorial Scholarships. Students of any race studying for careers in fine arts, arts management, or as art librarians will be eligible for the $3,000 scholarships.

The new scholarships were established after Frances White Hughes left nearly $550,000 to Rose State College. Hughes, who taught music at both the high school and college level, was the first African American to serve on the Rose State College board of regents. Hughes died in 2006.

Blacks make up 17.6 percent of the 8,200-member student body at Rose State College.