Ada native awarded top scholarship

Wil Crawford

Wil Crawford, a graduate of Latta High School and East Central University, has received the Hatton W. Summers Scholarship from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

OCU is one of two law schools in the country to offer the prestigious scholarship, awarded to high-achieving students who have a demonstrable commitment to leadership and service. The scholarship includes full tuition, full fees and a stipend for book and living expenses.

Wil graduated magna cum laude and with university honors from ECU with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a bachelor of science degree in legal studies, and is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha and Alpha Chi national honor societies. Throughout his academic career, Wil served as president of the Young Democrats of ECU, captain of the ECU Mock Trial team and chairman of and senator in the ECU delegation to the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature.

In his senior year, Wil was elected to serve as the president pro tempore of the Senate and on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature.

As a part of his university honors requirements, Wil conducted a year-long supervised independent study of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, producing an honors thesis titled “Oklahoma Indigent Defense: Successes and Shortcomings in Securing Civil Rights.” His thesis won Best Undergraduate Paper at the fall 2018 Oklahoma Political Science Association Conference, was presented at the 2019 Pi Sigma Alpha National Undergraduate Research Conference in Washington, D.C., and merited an H.Y. Benedict Fellowship from Alpha Chi.

Wil has a strong interest in public policymaking and hopes to use his legal education to further the interests of the public in the state of Oklahoma.

He is the son of Todd and Rebecca Crawford of Ada.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.

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