Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Growing Oklahoma

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Growing Oklahoma

AGCO Engineering Scholarships

AGCO is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of agricultural equipment, with sales in more than 140 countries. Two major manufacturing facilities are located just north of Oklahoma (Hesston and Beloit, Kansas). Recognizing the importance of qualified engineers for the industry’s future, AGCO has established the AGCO Engineering Scholarship Fund at OSU, with the first award being made in 2009.

Annette and Bill Barfield Scholarship

Dr. Bill Barfield served with distinction as Head of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department from 1992 to 2000, and continued to conduct research and teach courses in the department until his retirement at the end of 2003. Dr. Barfield was a very effective leader who moved the department forward in a number of areas. He established this scholarship in 2005 to support BAE students and to honor his wife Annette and all that she has done for the department over the years.

ConocoPhillips Scholarship

One of the country’s largest integrated energy companies, ConocoPhillips has a strong legacy in Oklahoma and a proud history of supporting Oklahoma State University. The company has provided the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department with special funding to support professional development and enrichment opportunities for students, and the ConocoPhillips Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2009.

David McKay Scholarships

Originally from Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, David McKay is an alumnus of the department who was active as a student leader. David is a Resource Engineer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service at Woodward. This scholarship has been awarded every year since 1985 and is one of our oldest continuously awarded scholarships. 



Don & Kim Yarbrough Scholarships

Don Yarbrough grew up near Shawnee, Okla. and is a 1973 graduate of the department. His distinguished career with John Deere includes positions in test and design engineering, and key management roles in both the U.S. and Germany. Don is currently Director of Worldwide Combine Engineering and leads a team of engineers working in North America, Europe, South America, and China. These scholarships were awarded for the first time in 2009.

Dr. James and Ruby Garton Scholarship

Dr. James Garton served on the faculty of the Agricultural Engineering Department from 1949 to 1985 and was a key contributor to its growth and success. He was a productive and innovative researcher and an excellent instructor known for injecting humor into the classroom. A native of Oklahoma, Jim received his B.S. degree from the department. He established the James and Ruby Garton Scholarship endowment in 2007 and the first award was made in 2008, less than a month after Jim’s passing.

Dudley Barefoot Scholarship

Professor Dudley Barefoot was a popular faculty member who served as advisor and friend to many students. A native of Hollis, Oklahoma, he earned two degrees from the department and later served on the faculty from 1969 to 1986. Following his passing in 2002, donations from colleagues and friends enabled a scholarship to be awarded in his memory the following spring. Since 2004, the Dudley Barefoot Memorial Scholarship has been funded through the generosity of former colleagues.

E.W. Schroeder Scholarship

Professor E. W. Schroeder served as Head of the Agricultural Engineering Department for 27 years (1947 through 1974). He was an effective leader and advocate, and was largely responsible for the post-war growth and success of the department. The Schroeder Scholarship was initiated on the occasion of his retirement in 1974. Professor Schroeder, who remained active and lived into his 90’s, established an endowment in 2002 to support the scholarship in perpetuity.

Friends of BAE Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is supported by former alumni and friends of the BAE department at OSU. Graduates who felt compelled to give back to the department worked together to create an endowed scholarship to support future students.

Gerald Brusewitz Scholarship

Dr. Gerald Brusewitz served on the departmental faculty for nearly 33 years, retiring in 2002. He then continued to teach for several years on a part-time basis. An excellent researcher and educator, Dr. Brusewitz rose to the rank of Regents Professor. Donations made at the time of his retirement, along with continuing support from Dr. Brusewitz, have enabled the awarding of this scholarship each year since 2003.

Glen Morgan Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Ronnie Morgan and his family established the Glen Morgan Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of his father. Dr. Morgan is a B.S. and M.S. graduate of the department and has had an outstanding career as an engineer in academia, the food industry, the oil and gas industry, and farming and ranching. He now lives on the family farm in the Waurika area. The Glen Morgan Memorial Scholarship was first awarded in the department in 2000.

Greg Hart and Kristen Kollman Hart Scholarship

Both 1979 graduates of the department, Greg and Kristen Hart were outstanding students who met at OSU and later married. Greg’s highly successful career with John Deere has led to ever increasing responsibilities including senior management positions in Europe and in the Dallas and NorthWest Sales Branches. Kristen was recognized for her outstanding work as a professional engineer in Kansas. The Greg and Kristen Hart Scholarships were first awarded in 2007.

Halliburton Power of Six Scholarship

The Halliburton Power of Six Scholarship is an initiative that takes advantage of individual contributions from those working for Halliburton who are tied to the Biosystems Engineering program at Oklahoma State University. Based on the initiative of alumni within Halliburton, combined with the beneficial Halliburton corporate matching program and the Pickens Match, this scholarship celebrates the corporate linkage and the alumni commitment to helping students achieve their undergraduate education.

Jay G. Porterfield Scholarships

Professor Jay Porterfield served with distinction on the departmental faculty from 1952 to 1978, with the last four years as Department Head. Professor Porterfield had a strong record of excellence in research and instruction. Porterfield passed away Feb. 23, 2012. Most recently, he lived in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and remained very involved in the department. Ever since his retirement, Professor Porterfield has provided funding for the Jay G. Porterfield Scholarships.

Jodie Whitney Scholarship

Dr. Jodie Whitney received his Ph.D. degree from the department in 1966. He then enjoyed a distinguished 37-year career as a faculty member in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida. He conducted pioneering research in mechanical harvesting of citrus fruit, methods of controlling tree size, and citrus management using precision agriculture. The Jodie Whitney Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2009.

Larry Roth Scholarship

Dr. Larry Roth retired from the department in 1986 after 35 years of exceptional service as a teacher, researcher, and advisor. Soon thereafter, his former students and other family and friends established an endowed scholarship to honor his work. Dr. Roth and others have continued to support the endowment over the years. In his retirement, Dr. Roth remained in close touch with the department and the department was deeply sadden by his passing in 2014. The Lawrence O. Roth Scholarship was first awarded in 1987.

Leon Crain Scholarship

Leon Crain graduated in the 1930’s with a major in Architectural Engineering. He worked in a farm environment and was said to have “acted like an agricultural engineer.” Mrs. Pearl Crain established a scholarship endowment in memory of her husband in 1991, and the first Leon Crain Memorial Scholarship was awarded in 1992.

Dr. Marvin Stone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dr. Marvin Stone, Regents Professor, retired in 2006 following 24 years of exemplary service as a BAE teacher and researcher. In 2005 he received the Eminent Faculty Award, which is OSU’s highest faculty honor. Students greatly appreciated Dr. Stone’s teaching and mentoring, and in retirement he has continued his involvement with the department. Family and friends established the Marvin Stone Scholarship endowment in his honor, and the first award was made in 2007.

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Scholarship

The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives is a statewide association created and supported by local electric distribution and generation/transmission cooperatives. The OAEC was formed in 1942 and currently consists of 30 member systems. Mr. Chris Meyers serves as the General Manager and CEO. The OAEC has had a close association with the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department for many years, and began supporting an annual scholarship in the department in 1980.

Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association Scholarship

The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association is a non-profit trade organization headquartered in Enid. The OGFA effectively promotes the interests of the state’s grain, feed, and seed businesses. Mr. Joe Neal Hampton serves as the Association’s President and Chief Executive Officer. The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association has awarded a scholarship in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering each year since 1995.

Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Scholarship

In 1981, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority was established by the Oklahoma Legislature in order to provide an adequate, economical, and reliable source of electrical power for cities who owned their municipal electric system. The OMPA helps these cities obtain and manage their wholesale power. Mr. Roland Dawson serves as the General Manager. The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Scholarship has been awarded in the department each year since 1993.

Ron & Zona Noyes Scholarship

Dr. Ron Noyes is a native of Leedey, Oklahoma. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the department. Following a successful industry career, he returned to his alma mater and served as a very productive extension faculty member from 1985 through 2003. Dr. Noyes and his wife Zona established the Ronald T. Noyes Scholarship in support of BAE students. The Ronald T. Noyes Scholarship was first awarded in 2005.

Sam and Sheila Harp Scholarship

This scholarship honors both Sam and Sheila Harp for their many years of service to OSU. Sam was instrumental in starting and building the DASNR/CEAT Application Engineering Extension program to be a national leader in engineering extension. Sheila was also instrumental in the success of OSU programs, having served 30 years in various academic and administrative areas. The Sam and Sheila Harp Scholarship was first awarded in 2012.

Samuel Alton Clayton Memorial Scholarship

Mark Farabee is a B.S. (1989) and M.S. (1991) graduate of the department. He currently works in management for Halliburton Energy Services in Utah. Samuel Alton Clayton, the brother of Mark’s grandmother, graduated from OSU in engineering and had a successful career. Mark established a scholarship in Mr. Clayton’s memory and also in honor of Mark’s grandmother. The scholarship was first awarded in 2004.

Si and Kay Grider Scholarship Supporting International Experiences

Si Grider was very involved in international business, and he and his wife Kay appreciate the value of enrichment experiences for students. Their daughter, Annette, and her husband Dr. Bill Barfield (emeritus BAE professor and previous department head); established this endowment in honor of the Griders. The funds are used to support international experiences for students majoring in Biosystems Engineering at OSU. In 2010 the awards are being made to BAE students participating in study abroad courses to Brazil, Honduras, and Italy.

Terry D. Allen Scholarship

Terry Allen grew up in Stillwater, OK and is a 1971 graduate of the department. He began his career as an engineer with Cargill, Inc. In 1975, he left Cargill and became a part of the family business, Payne County Implement, an International Harvester dealership. Mrs. Diane Allen and her sons Thomas and Terry Jr. established a scholarship endowment in memory of Terry in 2014. Terry believed "that an education was essential for success." The Terry D. Allen Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2014.

Tom and Jan Haan Scholarship

Dr. Tom Haan served very effectively as Head of the Agricultural Engineering Department from 1978 to 1985, and continued as an outstanding researcher and teacher in the department until his retirement in 2001. Dr. Haan is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. On the occasion of his retirement, colleagues and friends contributed to a scholarship endowment that has been augmented by the Haans and others over the years. The Tom and Jan Haan Scholarship was first awarded in 2001.

Wendell Bowers Scholarships

Professor Wendell Bowers was a key member of the departmental faculty from 1967 to 1985. He was an outstanding extension engineer and also served as Assistant Director of Agricultural Programs for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Now retired and living in Arizona, Professor Bowers has been widely recognized for his leadership in volunteer programs assisting young people in the community. The Wendell Bowers Scholarship was first awarded in 2007.