Scholarship helps fulfill sweet dreams

Scholarship helps fulfill sweet dreams

Avery Ragatzki seated at a desk in an empty classroom
Being named the Coats scholarship recipient made a lasting impression on Avery Ragatzki

Finance major Avery Ragatzki plans to open a bakery selling cake pops, truffles and countless other treats when she graduates. After receiving the Gary and Elspeth Coats Student Involvement Scholarship, she’s a semester closer to realizing those sweet dreams.  

The scholarship was established to assist School of Business Administration students who take active roles in extracurricular activities in addition to their academic efforts. A description that fits Ragatzki perfectly. 

Her involvement spans the campus. She serves as treasurer of Oakland’s Financial Management Association and is involved with the OU chapter of Active Minds, a national mental illness awareness advocacy group. She also belongs to the University’s Alpha Lambda Delta and Golden Key Honor societies. These experiences not only helped her earn the scholarship, they also add new layers of insight and opportunity to her OU experience. 

Being named the Coats scholarship recipient has made a lasting impression on her. First, it helped relieve some financial stress, allowing her to stay focused on her education. 

“There’s already so much to worry about as a college student — academic performance, social life, and healthy living to name a few,” she says. “Decreasing the burden of financial struggles really helps in the grand scheme of things.” 

It also inspired her to get more involved in helping her fellow students. This past fall, Ragatzki added business school peer-to-peer tutor to her list of activities. She now works with students seeking help in statistics, accounting and economics.

“Those have been some of my favorite classes,” she says. “As a tutor, I’m able to help take some weight off of students’ shoulders just as the Coats scholarship has done for me.”

The Oakland business students can apply for scholarships specifically for business majors. Scholarship application is due by March 23. Check out the criteria and apply online.