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in the spotlight as a college athlete, but he treasures the importance of an education. Aery, a senior government and business administration major, is the recipient of Whole Person Scholarship from ORU. He will graduate in May with honors and will be attending law school in the fall. He has been a Golden Eagle Scholar and a Super Scholar.

O “Since the Whole Person Scholarship

paid for my education, I was able to walk-on the basketball team,” Aery said. “Being a Whole Person Scholar automatically places you in a leadership role on campus. The administration has high expectations for these students, both in the classroom and in their other areas of involvement. As a WPS winner, I have been challenged as a student and as an athlete.”

The Whole Person Scholarship Program was established at ORU to recognize students who model the Whole Person concept. Scholarship recipients will demonstrate the following: Christian Worldview, Lifestyle of Service, Academic Achievement, Leadership Ability, Vision to Make a Life-Changing Impact on Others and Healthy Lifestyle.

Any high school junior or senior or prospective transfer student may be nominated to the Whole Person Scholarship Program by a high school or college counselor or other school official, youth pastor, community leader or member of the ORU faculty, staff or alumni. All students nominated, invited and who subsequently participate earn scholarship dollars of varying amounts.

Aery, a 2007 Holland Hall graduate, said he has always been attracted to ORU.

“Growing up in Tulsa, I had always been familiar with ORU,” he said. “In fact, my parents always loved the idea of me attending Oral Roberts. I graduated from Holland Hall in Tulsa in 2007. Following

ral Roberts University Golden Eagles men’s basketball player Robert Aery not only enjoys being

graduation, I played basketball at a prep school in Massachusetts. I played my first year of college at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. I decided after my freshman year to transfer to a junior college to play. I heard of the Whole Person Scholarship during this recruiting process, so I decided just to apply and just see what would happen. Just before I was going to sign with the other school, I got the news that I had won.

“What attracted me to ORU was the Christian influenced education and the ability to go to school close to home. I felt like it would be a wonderful opportunity to attend a school that emphasized growing spiritually, as well as academically.”

Aery said that the best part of being at ORU is participating in many opportunities he has had while on campus.

“I have been able to play Division I basketball, have a double major, and be active politically and socially active within the community,” he said. “The relationships that I have made here have also been a definite blessing in my life.”

For more information on the Whole Person Scholarship or to nominate a student, go to scholarship/purpose.php.

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