2022 Sara Gregory Memorial Scholarship Winner Doreen Okeh

Oxford College celebrates Student Awards on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (beckysteinphotography.com)

Doreen Okeh, a first-year double majoring in Sociology and Human Health on the pre-law track, is Oxford College Library’s 2022 Sara Gregory Memorial Scholarship recipient. 

The award was established in 2011 by Humanities Professor John W. Gregory, Sr., who retired from Oxford College in 1979. He established the scholarship in memory of his wife, a former chemistry and mathematics professor at Oxford who later became the college’s head librarian. 

The Sara Gregory Memorial Scholarship provides financial support and is granted to an outstanding first-year student employee of the library. This year there were many commendable candidates! Doreen is this year’s recipient for best reflecting the four principles we expect of our student employees: 

  • A professional attitude in working with the staff and their peers 
  • Flexibility in taking on any task assigned to them or any problem that may arise 
  • Invested in the success of library programs and the endeavor to improve upon them 
  • An approachable disposition that makes the library a safe and welcoming space to all 

In her application Doreen mentioned one of the things she found invaluable about her time at the library was:  

The ability and opportunity to act as a bridge of communication between my peers who are the patrons of the library and the working staff behind the desk. The library of Oxford college offers a plethora of educational and academic resources beyond what is known by the eye. It is an absolute pleasure knowing that I may make others aware of what the library offers so that more students can take advantage of the cool tech, seasoned research guides, VR check-out, and so much more. This has proved to be a deeply meaningful experience in my time as a library employee. 

We have seen Doreen’s dedication to her work and academics here at the library. She truly embodies the four principles.  

Congratulations, Doreen! We are so proud to work with you!