UKB citizen awarded $10K law scholarship

BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Giduwa Cherokee News
08/11/2015 08:30 AM
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United Keetoowah Band citizen Victoria S. Proctor, second from left, is the recipient of a $10,000 Minority Scholars Program Scholarship, one of only three students selected for the honor. COURTESY
OKLAHOMA CITY – United Keetoowah Band citizen Victoria S. Proctor has been selected as one of three 2015 Minority Scholars Program Scholarship recipients for $10,000, according to a release by the Oklahoma-based law firm Crowe & Dunlevy.

Proctor is a first-year student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and plans to use the scholarship for tuition, books and living expenses.

“I’m really blessed to have received the scholarship,” Proctor said. “Going to law school is a big financial burden and this helps alleviate that.”

The program provides assistance for minority students in an effort to diversify the profession and is awarded based on academic achievement, need and commitment to the law, according to the organization. The award is dispersed in $2,000 per semester increments as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing.

To be considered for the award, Proctor underwent a competitive application and interview process with members of the firm.

“The Minority Scholars Program is a reflection of our long-standing commitment to supporting diversity in the legal profession and encouraging the development of the next generation of legal professionals,” Jimmy K. Goodman, director and Diversity Committee co-chairman, said. “We believe it’s important that the composition of the legal profession mirror the diversity of the communities they serve, and we believe every aspiring minority law student deserves the resources needed to achieve their dreams.”

Proctor was partly inspired to go to law school after working within the UKB as an administrative assistant for the Corporate Advisory Board and witnessed a lack of Native American attorneys working for her tribe. She credits UKB mentors Tim Brown and Bryan Shade for giving her advice about studying and applying for law school.

The OU College of Law was Proctor’s first choice, largely because of the Native American Law Program. As part of the program, students can access the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy, which provides counsel to tribal, state and national policymakers and a forum for the interdisciplinary discussion and resolution of problems facing Native American communities.

Proctor spent her time this past summer working for two firms and is working for the Chickasaw Nation as part of the general counsel.

She has also been active in multiple organizations, including Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law, Kiwanis International and serving as vice-president for the Native American Law Student Association. She was crowned Miss Keetoowah from 2009-10 and graduated magna cum laude in mass communications from Northeastern State University.

Proctor will graduate with a juris doctor degree from OU in 2017 and encourages all Native Americans to pursue their education.

“In order to make a difference and to make a change, I think education is a key component of doing that,” she said. “If it’s something that’s important to you, then you need to do what it takes to succeed.”
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ – ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ ᎨᎳ Victoria S.Proctor ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏑᏰᏗ ᏦᎢᏃ ᎾᏂᎥᎢ 2015 Minority Scholars Program ᎾᏍᎩ $10,000, ᏧᎩᏓ ᎾᏃ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ - ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ Crowe & Dunlevy.

Proctor Z ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᏙᏛᏕᎶᏆᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏭᎪᏛ ᎤᏙᏗᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏂᏯᏙᎮᎸᎢ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏪᎲᎢ ᎤᏈᏴᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᎵᎬᏩᏢᏍᎬᎢ.

“ ᎢᏙᏳᏃ ᎦᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᏣᎩᏁᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏈᏱᏍᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Proctor. “ ᏱᏛᏕᎶᏆᎡᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎵᎬᏩᏢᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏌᎧᎯᎨ ᎨᎰᎢ ᏳᎾᏓᏍᏕᎸᎯ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏗᎭ ᏰᎵ ᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏟᏂᎬᏁᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏁᏉᏤᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏥᏯᏙᎮᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ, ᎤᏂᎬᏤᎲᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎲᎢ ᎠᏚᏓᎸᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎬᏅ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏓᏥᏁᎸᎢ $2,000 ᏳᏓᎵ ᏓᏥᏁᎮᏍᏗ ᎧᏁᏉᎩᏃ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᏛᎿᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏄᎪᏙᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᏗᎢ, Proctor Ꮓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏚᎧᎵᏏᏌᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᎵᏃᏠᎮᏔᏅᎢ.

“ᎾᏃ Minority Scholars Program ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏱ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎣᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᎠᏚᏓᎸᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎫᏍᏓᎢ ᎤᏁᏉᎢᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎧᏅᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗᎢ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏥᏛᎾᎢ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎲᎢ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ,” Jimmy K. Goodman, ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏌᏕᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎧᏁᏉᎢᏍᏗ ᎧᎻᏗ- ᏧᏓᏘᎿᎢ, ᎢᎧᏃᎵᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎪᎯᏳᏐᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎨᏒ Ꮎ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏱ ᏧᏁᏉᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᎪᎯᏳᏐᎢ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎬᏗ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎲᎢ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎷᏤᏗᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬᎢ.”

Proctor Z ᏄᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸᎢ ᎤᎷᏤᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿ ᏥᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ UKB ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙᎯ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ Corporate Advisory Board ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎤᏕᎶᎰᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᎦᏲᏢᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᏗᏅᏘᏲᎯᎯ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏕᎦᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎢ UKB ᎬᏪᏲᎲᏍᎩ Tim Brown ᎠᎴ Bryan Shade ᎠᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏃᎯᏎᎲᎢ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ OU ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᎤᏑᎨᏒᎢ Proctor, ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎲᎢ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏛᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩᏃ ᏯᏂᏴᎲ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᏴᏫᏯᏍᏛᎢ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᏚᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᏯᎾᏕᎶᏆ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᎭ ᏗᏅᏘᏲᎯᎯ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏔᏍᏛᎢ, ᏍᎦᏚᎩ, ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏗᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᏗᏃᏢᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎧᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏄᎪᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏓᎴᏤᎲᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ.

Proctor Z ᎤᏍᏆᏕᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏛᎦᎶᎯ ᎪᎩ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎭ ᏥᎧᏌ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎩ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᎭ.

ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏪᎵᏛᎢ ᎯᎸᏎᎩ ᏂᏚᏓᎴ ᏚᏙᏢᏩᏗᏒᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏊ Ꮎ ᎤᏂᏁᏉᏤᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎲᎢ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ, Kiwanis International ᎠᎴ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎳ ᏔᎵᏁ -ᎠᏓᎴᏁᎯ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᏗᎧᎿᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎠᎲᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎶᎢ ᎤᏁᏎᎢ Miss Keetoowah ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏁᎢ 2009 -10 ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏍᏆᏛᎢ magna cum laude in mass communications ᎥᎿ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬᎢ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

Proctor Z ᏓᏍᏆᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᎡᏍᏗ juries doctor degree ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎣᏳ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏎᏍᏗ 2017 ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏍᏗᏰᏗᎭ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

“ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᏱᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᏗᎢ, ᏂᎨᎵᏍᎬᏃ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᏳᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏱᎩ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏱᏣᎷᏤᎭ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᏟᏂᎬᏁᏗᏗ ᎩᎳ ᏱᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ.”

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