State Democratic Party Chair Todd Goodman presented $500 scholarships to Chris Roys from Yukon and Erik Roscom from El Reno at the Canadian County Democrats’ Summer FUNraiser picnic at Lake El Reno on June 26.
Forty members and guests, including many young Democrats and the award winners’ families, were present at the celebration, which featured a covered dish lunch and entertainment by the Bean Supper Band.
Scholarship committee members Carol Ruth and Stephanie Fraker, both of Yukon, reviewed applications and recommended Roscom and Roys as the top applicants. This was the second year that scholarships were awarded by the organization.
Scholarship committee member Jerri Edwards was unable to attend the celebration.
Chris Roys is president-elect of the Student Government Association at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He is a political science major with a 3.6 grade point average who expects to graduate in May 2012. Roys is a vice chair and a field director for the Young Democrats of Oklahoma and vice chair of that organization’s Labor Caucus. He currently is an intern for Jim Priest, candidate for Oklahoma Attorney General, and previously interned for Andrew Rice for U.S. Senate and Jim Roth for Corporation Commission.
""So many of our young people are Democrats, but they are not active because they don’t know how to be," Roys wrote in his scholarship application. "Young people have strength in numbers, so if we focus on recruiting them, I think that is a great start."
Erik G. Roscom will pursue a degree in international relations in the fall at the University of Oklahoma. A recent graduate of El Reno High School, Roscom was state High School Caucus Chairman of the Young Democrats of Oklahoma and is currently Central Regional Director of the Young Democrats of America South-Central Region. He won the American Legion’s El Reno High School Citizenship Award, was a delegate to Boys’ State in 2009 and participated in the Oklahoma State Senate’s page program that same year. Roscom earned third place in the Veterans of Foreign War’s Voice of Democracy spoken word essay content in 2010.
"We must remind people of what the Democratic Party truly is, not just what our opposition would like them to believe," Roscom said. "We can change this status quo of ‘Oklahoma is a red state.’ But it must be through the people. It has to start at the grassroots. This challenge is not for the party elite or elected officials, but for the people of the Democratic Party."
The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except December) at Canadian Valley Technology Center, located at 6505 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno. The group is actively recruiting Young Democrats. For more information, call 354-3189.
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