MEET THE STAFF

Max Ary

Museum Director

Teresa Schoonmaker

Director of Operations

Shauna Jarvis

Marketing Director

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Cara Nikkel

Gift Shop Manager

Chaney Larsen

Curator

STAFFORD SCHOLAR PROGRAM

General Thomas P. Stafford, a Weatherford native, established this scholarship in order to financially assist students from the Weatherford area that will attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University. This scholarship was created to provide a solid professional and educational foundation for motivated students. Each Stafford Scholars gets the experience to work in a professional environment while learning customer service, time and goal management, teamwork, and integrity that they can take with them as they enter the workforce.

If you are interested in becoming a Stafford Scholar, please call the SWOSU Foundation Office at 580-774-3267 or click below for more information. 

MEET THE SCHOLARS

Henry Aryee

Major: Engineering Technology

 

Graduation Date: 2021

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar is learning something new everyday about artifacts and meeting different people from different backgrounds. It enhances my communication skills.

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Sydney Buckner

Major: Special Education

 

Graduation Date: 2021

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar: Meeting people from all over the world that come to visit the museum

Camille Goerend

Major: Bio-Medical Sciences

 

Graduation: 2023

 

Favorite Thing about being a Stafford Scholar: The opportunity to be around amazing artifacts and getting to meet new people everyday. Working at the museum gives me flexibility to focus on my education. 

Colton Parkinson

Major: Engineering, Technology, Manufacturing

 

Graduation Date: 2022

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar: Working with and learning about all the artifacts. 

Hunter Albrightson

Major: Engineering Technology

 

Graduation Date: 2024

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar: Being able to help maintain and learn more about the history of Oklahoma and Air and Space.

Laryssa Haskell

Major: Instrumental Music Education

 

Graduation Date: 2021

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar: Getting to work with artifacts that went into space

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Thomas Klassen

Major: Engineering Technology, Manufacturing

 

Graduation: 2022

 

Favorite Thing about being a Stafford Scholar: The opportunity to work on projects involving the air and space artifacts. My experience here will be very useful to me as I enter the field of Engineering.

Meghan Jackson

Major: Psychology & Criminal Justice

 

Graduation Date: 2021

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar: Getting to meet astronauts and learning about their work in the air and space fields.

Pedro Rodriguez

Major: Psychology

Graduation Date: 2022

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar: The opportunity to see and work with historic space artifacts up close.

Nolan Reynolds

Major: Business Management

Graduation Date: 2024 

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar: Seeing the intriguing artifacts everyday, meeting new people, and my awesome co-workers. 

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Ryan Boecker

Major: Engineering Technology

Graduation Date: 2021 

 

Favorite thing about being a Stafford Scholar: The conversations I have had with guests about the museum. 

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"World Class Museum"

"This was my second trip to Stafford Air & Space Museum. The collection of NASA items and exhibits is really amazing. You would expect some things from Gen. Stafford's missions, but there was so much more. If you live in Oklahoma or traveling through via I-40, you should plan a stop. They are in the process of expanding the museum, but no real impact on the current exhibits."

—  TripAdvisor traveler, 

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