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Former Abilenian Dr. Bill Pink Selected As Member of the National Merit Scholarship Program Selection Committee

By Janice Coleman



The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter in hopes of being selected as scholarship winners each year. The entrants are narrowed down to about 16,000, and a very small in number selection committee reviews those applications and selects the winners. The number of winners is a very small percentage of the initial 1.5 million or so entrants. By the time they are declared winners, the scholarship recipients have met a number of requirements starting with completing the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Dr. Bill Pink, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma City, was recommended by a friend and colleague to serve on the NMSP selection committee. He and his colleague served on a national advisory committee with the college board that puts together a conference which focuses on African American Education entitled A Dream Deferred: The Future of African American Education. Pink serves as Co-chair of that committee. {{more}}He was asked to serve on the NMSP Selection Committee and accepted. As he puts it, “It was an invitation that you just don’t say no to.” Dr. Pink was a part of the process of selecting the 2013 NMSP winners. The selection process takes place over a four day period in Illinois as the committee reviews PSAT scores along with extracurricular and leadership experiences, essays, GPA, among other requirements. Pink expressed how rewarding it is to review the accomplishments of the entrants. He explained how the committee breaks up into couples to review. Pink states he is not likely to review for Oklahoma and possibly Texas since committee members don’t review entrants that they are acquainted or familiar with and that could possibly happen if he reviewed for those states. As an Oklahoman, he is the first to be selected to the committee since 1987. Dr. Pink and his family, which consists of his wife Lori, their son Lance and daughter Lydia, live, work, and attend school in the Moore and Oklahoma City communities. They worship with the Alameda Church of Christ in Norman where Pink is the Worship Leader and the family is very active in the congregation. Dr. Pink states he is a family man and two of his favorite things to do in his spare time are fishing and golfing. So what’s next for former Abilene High and Abilene Christian High School student and graduate Dr. Bill Pink? Stay tuned.

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