In 1977 when Mike Dye started his career in the transportation industry, he was a parts delivery boy. Years later he now owns 2 trailer dealerships including Southwest Trailers and Equipment in Oklahoma City. Mike knows what it means to "work your way to the top". Because of this experience, Mike Dye and his family are blessed to provide this scholarship to a deserving student.
Metro Tech Foundation
The Metro Tech Foundation exists to secure funds to enhance and improve facilities and programs at Metro Technology Centers. For over 28 years the Foundation has provided scholarships and financial assistance on an individual basis to adult and high-school students. The Foundation undertakes any project considered by our Board of Directors to be in the best interests of the district and its students. We are funded by generous donations from our employees, community leaders and organizations in Oklahoma City. To read more about the foundation click here for our brochure.
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This scholarship is available to high school seniors at Metro Technology Centers enrolled in the Pre-Engineering or Biomedical paths of the Metro STEM Academy and scheduled to complete in May of the current year. The Dr. Dennis L. Portis III scholarship was founded in 2018 by his family and is maintained by regular donations from his wife, as well as the Metro Technology Centers employees. Dr. Dennis L. Portis III served as Metro Tech’s Associate Superintendent of Instruction prior to his untimely death in May 2016. He was a man of excellence in character, integrity, friendship, a forward-thinker and a man of great passion and honor. He always exuberated deep love for his family, students, career, friends and the Metro Tech Community. One scholarship for $1,000 will be awarded annually. Applications are accepted starting in February. Notice is made in April.
This scholarship is available to adult students or high school seniors at Metro Technology Centers enrolled in health occupations or health science education and scheduled to complete in May of the current year. The Dr. Donna Neal Thomas Scholarship was originally founded by the Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center in honor of Dr. Donna Neal Thomas, the former Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Centers, Inc. It is maintained by regular donations from community leaders and the Metro Technology Centers employees. Dr. Thomas is passionate about healthcare and in collaboration with The Community Health Centers, Inc. Board of Directors she helped to establish the Perry Klaassen Medical Center at the Metro Technology Centers, Springlake Campus as well as the Mary Mahoney Health Center in Langston, OK. Dr. Thomas began her service as a Metro Tech Board of Education member in 1998 and was inducted into the African-American Hall of Fame in 2014. One scholarship for $1,000 will be awarded annually. Applications are accepted starting in February. Notice is made in April.
The award looks primarily at the character of the individual applicant. It is open to adult or high school students for outstanding character in the classroom, workplace, and community and is the highest award bestowed by the Metro Tech Foundation. Dr. James Branscum served as Metro Tech’s Superintendent for 13 years. Under his leadership Metro Technology Centers transformed its culture, its leaders and the environment in which its students learn. Dr. Branscum encouraged the organization to focus strongly on Character First, and assisted its students in understanding that career success was incomplete without strong moral and character attributes in the individual. These traits are critical for students to succeed, and they are highly desired by employers. This award is provided in honor of the strong character traits Dr. Branscum demonstrated on a daily basis, and the strong character traits that he encouraged in everyone who came in contact with him, be it a student, a faculty member, or a member of our Board of Education. One scholarship for $2,000 will be awarded annually. Applications are accepted beginning in February. Notice is made in April.
This scholarship is available to highly motivated high school seniors graduating in May of the current year from the Metro Career Academy (MCA) who desire to further their education at a career tech, public college or university. Dr. Mark Vincent served as Metro Tech’s Chief Officer of Institutional Research prior to his untimely death in August of 2009. Among his many other accomplishments in life, he was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and he excelled in his business skills and knowledge. It is available annually. Up to two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are accepted beginning in February. Notice is made in April.
This scholarship is available to Metro Technology Center adult or high school students who are completing their program in May of the current year from Graphic Design majors or Video & Web Design majors. Meredyth Campbell was terminally ill for many years before passing away in July of 2008. For several years before her death, Metro Technology Centers provided many opportunities for her immediate family to succeed, enriching her life in the process. In appreciation of this, Meredyth’s friends and family have established a fund with the Metro Tech Foundation in her memory for Graphic Design; Meredyth’s passion and hobby. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually. Applications are accepted beginning in February. Notice is made in April.
This scholarship is presented to adult or high school students in the Metro Technology Centers welding career major who are scheduled to complete their program in May of the current year. It is to cover the cost of licensing and certification or the cost of equipment and tools to prepare them for work. Ron Huff was a “Master Welder” of almost 40 years. He was a craftsman and artist with his welding skills. Ron took great pleasure in helping young welders improve their skills and enter the commercial world of welding. Ron passed away in 2010 and through the generosity of Ron’s brother Jim, and his widow Carla, the Ron N. Huff Master Welder Scholarship was founded. One $500 scholarship is awarded annually. Applications are accepted beginning in February. Notice is made in April.