Lowe Family Young Scholars Program, BartlesvilleJulie Pranger has been matched for more than two years with Marisol, 18, now a Bartlesville High School Senior. The pair is matched through the Lowe Family Young Scholars Program, which strives to assist academically promising, yet economically disadvantaged students in the Bartlesville Public School System to earn a college degree.
Even though Pranger’s career as a learning and development instructor for Walmart Corp. often takes her out of state, she continues to invest time and energy to ensure success in her relationship with Marisol.
The pair enjoys watching movies, bowling, shopping, eating out and attending community events. Academically, they have study sessions together and visit their local library to research scholarships for Marisol. Pranger has also made college visits with Marisol and assisted her in completing her federal student aid application.
“Julie has been someone I can depend on,” Marisol said. “Anytime I have a question or am confused, I do not hesitate to ask her. She has impacted me in many ways, the biggest being holding myself more accountable academically.
“She has also taught me that it is alright to struggle with something and to look for help; there is always a solution to a problem,” Marisol added. “My favorite trait about Julie is that when she confronts a problem, she doesn't only look for one way to fix it, but comes up with several solutions. I am very grateful for having her in my life.”
Pranger earned her bachelor’s degree in business and corporate communications from Rogers State College and her MBA in finance, graduating summa cum laude from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She worked as a manager III in risk and management finance at Walmart before her current position. A “humanitarian at heart,” she volunteers at Martha’s Task, Ray of Hope and ARC Group Homes Inc. She has also been a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
About the Program: The Lowe Family Young Scholars Program provides academic-focused, community-based mentoring to students in grades 6 through 12. Students who successfully complete the program qualify to receive an annual scholarship to attend one of three partner universities: Rogers State University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University or Oklahoma State University.