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OU Alumnus Establishes Scholarship to Benefit Students from Altus High School and Jackson County

University of Oklahoma alumnus Henry James of Leavenworth, Wash., has established a scholarship fund at OU to assist graduates from Altus High School and other area high schools in Jackson County.

The Henry James Scholarship Fund will be awarded to qualified undergraduate, graduate or transfer students beginning in the 2014 spring semester.

“I have a great appreciation for the fine teachers of Altus High School,” said James, a 1958 graduate of the high school.  “Altus is a very special place for me.  No matter where I have lived, I have always been happy to say that my hometown is Altus, Okla.  Similarly, the University of Oklahoma provided me with a solid preparation for later life.  To each school I owe a special thanks.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree in business from OU, James received his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  There he worked for the late U.S. Sen. Robert S. Kerr and his successor, the late Sen. J. Howard Edmondson. 

James had a long career as an investment banking partner of Goldman Sachs in New York and later as president of Goldman Sachs (Japan) Co. in Tokyo.  During his retirement in Seattle, he has served on several nonprofit boards, including service as chairman of the boards of the Seattle Symphony, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Henry Art Gallery of the University of Washington.

Incoming freshmen may apply for this scholarship via the Common Application for admission.  Other students may apply using the OU Financial Aid Scholarship.  For more information about this scholarship, high school students and incoming transfer students should contact Recruitment Services at (405) 325-2151 or ou-pss@ou.edu.  Current OU students should contact the Scholarship Office at (405) 325-4864 or scholarships@ou.edu