This Years Recipient

Maria Copp '08


Eighth-grade reading specialist Maria Copp currently works at East Central Junior High in Tulsa. She was a Brother Bernardine Scholar, graduated from the University of Tulsa, and received a masters from Vanderbilt. She volunteered with Teach For America in San Antonio and worked in the AmeriCorps Mercy Home, a Catholic social service organization in Chicago. At the Mercy Home, she helped educate and mentor homeless, abused, and neglected children. She marched with other teachers to the state capitol to demand better funding for Oklahoma schools. She has been recognized as an outstanding educator and community contributor by the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40.

Past Recipients



Dr. Curt Adams '91

Click here to watch a video of his acceptance speech.