Minerals Council

OMC awards four Wah-Tiah-Kah Scholarships

The Osage Minerals Council has chosen four recipients for this year’s Wah-Tiah-Kah Scholarship.

Braden Edwards, Tyler Disidore, Gabriel Pelayo and Lanayah Turley, all from Oklahoma, are receiving a scholarship of $1,000 for the Fall semester to assist them as they pursue their college education in an oil and gas related field of study.

The students were selected based upon their completed applications, letters of recommendation, and personal statements stating their educational goals and objectives, according to an OMC news release. Each student will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to assist with the Fall semester at the university they will be attending. The students may be awarded additional funds for each subsequent semester provided they submit a completed renewal form.

The Fall 2018 Wah-Tiah-Kah Scholarship recipients are: 

  • Braden Edwards of Jenks will be attending the University of Tulsa as a Senior. He anticipates graduating in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. This is a renewal award for Edwards.
  • Tyler Disidore of Stillwater will be attending Oklahoma State University as a Freshman. He anticipates graduating in 2023 with a degree in Environmental Engineering.
  • Gabriel Pelayo of Skiatook will be attending the University of Oklahoma as a Junior. He anticipates graduating in 2020 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. This is a renewal award for Pelayo.
  • Lanayah Turley of Bartlesville will be attending the University of Oklahoma as a Senior. She is on schedule to graduate in 2019 with a degree in Native American Studies with a minor in Environmental Sustainability.

The OMC awards the scholarship twice annually in recognition of Wah-Tiah-Kah, the Osage tribesman who originally surveyed the present-day location in 1870-71 to determine whether the Tribe should leave its Kansas lands and move to Indian Territory, according to the release. It is said that as Wah-Tiah-Kah walked the land, he envisioned his grandchildren prospering. Wah-Tiah-Kah believed that Wah-Kon-Tah had blessed this land for the Wah-Zha-Zhi people, according to the release. 

For more information about the Wah-Tiah-Kah Scholarship, contact the Osage Minerals Council office at (918) 287-5346. The deadlines for application submissions are Aug. 1, and Jan. 1 for the subsequent semesters.