Lowe Young Scholars Appoints Marama Bayles as Executive Director

The Lowe Family Young Scholars Program has appointed Marama Bayles to the position of Executive Director. Ms. Bayles is a native of Stillwater, OK. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Child and Family Services. Ms. Bayles comes to the Lowe Family Young Scholars Program with almost seven years of experience working with nonprofit agencies. Her previous efforts were focused on early childhood education. Ms. Bayles is “excited to continue working on creating increased access to education.”

Barry and Karen Lowe started the Lowe Family Young Scholars Program in 2006 to honor Barry’s parents, the late Wilbur D. and Grace Laverne Snyder Lowe, who encouraged Barry to better his life through education. The program matches academically promising, but economically disadvantaged students with mentors and requires students to maintain academic excellence and participate in volunteer events and skills-building classes. Students who complete the program, and successfully apply to Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, or Rogers State University, can receive a scholarship worth as much as $4,000 a year (for up to four years).

Bartlesville students in grades 6 through 10 are eligible to apply to the Lowe Family Young Scholars Program. Applications will be available this fall. The Lowe Family Young Scholars Program is currently seeking adult mentors (college experience preferred). Please send an email to eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 if interested in learning more about becoming a mentor. The one-to-one mentoring component of the LFYS Program is facilitated through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.