POTEAU–Lily Friedl, pictured at right, is the 2017 recipient of the Julian J. Rothbaum Outstanding Graduate Award at Carl Albert State College.
The Rothbaum Award is the College’s highest academic honor bestowed on a CASC student. CASC Development Foundation Secretary James Smith presented Friedl with the Award at CASC Graduation on May 6, 2017.
The $1,500 cash scholarship is in honor of the late Julian Rothbaum of Tulsa. Rothbaum was a close friend of U.S. Congressman Carl Albert, served as a Trustee of the CASC Development Foundation, was a great benefactor to Carl Albert State College, and provided the funding for the Outstanding Graduate Award.
Criteria for the award include a 4.0 GPA, with proven leadership ability, involvement on campus and distinguished rank among peers.
The daughter of Angelique and Hank Stripling, and John Friedl, she graduated from Heavener High School prior to attending Carl Albert. She is a general studies major, and will continue her education at Northeastern State University in the fall to pursue a career in psychology/occupational therapy.
While at Carl Albert, Friedl was involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Student Support Services, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Students With A Testimony, Viking Ambassadors, Scholars Program, and Spanish Club.
She also served as a residential assistant and was a runner-up in the Miss CASC Pageant.
Regarding why she attended CASC, Friedl said, “It was important to me to start small and work my way up. CASC is the perfect size for a student right out of high school, and the faculty members really care about the students.
“CASC has many organizations and clubs, so it is easy to meet people. I came to CASC because it is close to home, and more importantly I was awarded a scholars program scholarship. Several of my family members attended CASC, and I wanted to continue the tradition.”
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