NORMAN— Announced Tuesday afternoon by the NCAA Scholarship Committee were the two recipients of this year’s Walter Byers Scholarship. Former OU track and field student-athlete Jenny Carmichael was selected as one of the scholarship’s honorees.
The scholarship, established in 1988, is rewarded annually to two postgraduate student-athletes in the form of grants up to $24,000 and can be renewed for a second year. The distinction recognizes student-athletes who strive to “combine the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for their achievements and to be future leaders in their chosen field of service,” per the NCAA.
Jenny Carmichael, a thrower on the OU women’s track and field team from 2013-2017, is OU’s first recipient of the distinguished scholarship. Carmichael garnered numerous academic honors while competing at Oklahoma, some of which include: Academic All-Big 12 first team honors three times; the Big 12’s highest academic honor, the Dr. Gerald Lage Award; and being named OU’s Outstanding Senior Woman from the College of Engineering. Carmichael was also named one of nine finalists for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, recognizing efforts in the classroom, community, and on the field.
Carmichael received her bachelor’s degree with summa cum laude distinction in chemical engineering in 2016 and has since worked as an engineer with ExxonMobil and will receive her master’s in global affairs this month from Oklahoma. She plans on using this scholarship to further her education at Stanford University as she pursues a Master of Business Administration.
OU President David L. Boren wrote in his recommendation of Carmichael, “She has a true passion for serving others. I believe that she will change the world around her in an impactful way.”