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Southwestern College names Osage to Scholars of the College

Raen Holding is also a member of SC’s Moundbuilders softball team and the Student Athlete Leadership Team.

Southwestern College announced its Scholars of the College on Aug. 30, and a familiar Osage name made the list.

Raen Marguerite Holding, Hominy-native and former Kihekah Steh Princess, was one of three students to earn the highest grade-point average among full-time students enrolled in campus-based programs at the small private college based in Winfield, Kans. She also had to earn 85 or more credit hours to qualify for the honor.  

Holding is a senior at the college and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in May 2023. She plans to continue her education to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Outside of academics, she is a member of the Southwest College Moundbuilders softball team, the Student Athlete Leadership Team, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and Pre-Health Professionals, and she is currently interning at Advanced Physical Therapy in Winfield.

“Every year we have the remarkable honor of recognizing the Scholars of the College,” said Ross Peterson-Veatch, academic dean of Southwestern College in a news release. “We are proud of this group of Moundbuilders for their commitment to their academic pursuits. In addition to their achievements in the classroom, these three Scholars of the College are leaders in the true Builder Spirit. It is a great joy to celebrate their accomplishments.” 

Hominy-native Raen Holding is a senior at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kans., and is a member of the Moundbuilders softball team. Courtesy Photo/Southwestern College

According to SC’s mission, the college provides a values-based learning experience that emphasizes intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth. Founded in 1885 by Kansas Methodists and now related to the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church, the college offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees on-ground and online. According to college rankings in U.S. News & World Report, SC is ranked in the top 50 in Regional Colleges in the Midwest.  

Her path in healthcare began at Hominy High School where in 2017 the Osage News reported she was selected to serve as an Oklahoma delegate for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Mass.

Holding is from the Sun Carrier Clan and her Osage name is Hu-Tha-To-Me. She is the daughter of Christian and Jennifer Holding, and the big sister to Augie, Izzy, and L J. She is the granddaughter of Homer Holding, Sherri and Dan Plummer, and the late Joyce Fields. 


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.

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