Arnall Scholars fund established through transformative gift

Transformative gift creates $5M Arnall Scholars program at TU

Arnall Scholars

Olusola Adeyeye

The University of Tulsa is honored to announce a $5 million endowment made possible by Oklahoma entrepreneur and TU alumna Sue Ann Arnall that will make a meaningful education at the state’s top-ranked university more accessible and affordable. The new program, established through a transformative gift from Arnall Family Foundation, will annually award 10 scholarships to African American students from Oklahoma.

Strephon O’Brien

Arnall Scholarship Fund

This remarkable generosity addresses the roots of racial inequality and social injustice that many minorities face by empowering students with the tools they need to earn a valuable degree from a small, private research university. The Arnall Scholarship Fund offers academic, non-athletic program awards to African American undergraduate students or those studying in TU’s College of Law.


Pierre Robertson

“We want to break down barriers and pave pathways for bright young people from our state who might not otherwise pursue a college degree or may need assistance taking the first step toward a legal career,” Arnall said. “My sincere hope is that these scholarships create opportunity at my alma mater and that the recipients then inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”


Alex McKaughan

Arnall (BS ’77, JD ’80) is a member of the TU Board of Trustees as well as a board member and president of the Arnall Family Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children in Oklahoma, criminal justice reform and animal welfare. The organization’s financial commitment aligns with TU’s five-year strategic plan, which seeks to provide the resources to support the academic ambitions of historically underrepresented and first-generation students.


Sam Darbeh

“Thanks to this insightful gift, a personalized TU education is just as accessible as a public education,” TU President Gerard Clancy said. “As Arnall Scholars, these students can realize greater potential for their academic endeavors, their careers and their communities through the critical component of financial support. We are grateful to Sue Ann for recognizing and then fulfilling this need in Oklahoma.”


Christoff Orr

Inaugural Scholarship Recipients

Recipients for the 2018-19 academic year are Olusola Adeyeye (nursing), Samuel Darbeh (undecided), Tavion Dyer (political science, not pictured), Alexander McKaughan (marketing), David Nnaji (mechanical engineering), Strephon O’Brien (art), Christoff Orr (mechanical engineering), Josiah Parks (undecided), Pierre Robertson (law) and Khalil Rozell (energy management).


Khalil Rozell

“The Arnall Scholarship Fund exemplifies one of the many ways TU and its stakeholders are committed to diversity, equity and inclusiveness,” said TU Vice President of Diversity and Engagement Jacqueline Caldwell. “We are excited about this tremendous level of support that allows our university to attract even more African American students who will then become role models for future generations.”


David Nnaji

Arnall is a 20-year veteran of the energy industry and leads a group of companies under Essay Management Services, LLC. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and holds executive residence at Oklahoma City University. Arnall also serves on the board of directors for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, and the board of trustees for Mercy Hospital.

Josiah Parks