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New scholarship at UCO honors student who died

EDMOND -- The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation has created a scholarship to honor the memory of UCO graduate student Nikita Nakal, who died Saturday in the crash at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade in Stillwater.

Nakal, 23, arrived in the United States in July to pursue a master of business administration degree at UCO. She is from Mumbai, India.

The UCO College of Business initiated the creation of the fund through the foundation to "forever honor her name and her dream,” said Ethan Waples, director of graduate programs for the College of Business.

The Nikita Prabhakar Nakal Scholarship will be available to students pursuing an MBA at UCO and will be open for application for the fall 2016 semester. Preference will be given to international students.

Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made online at or by personal check with “Nikita Prabhakar Nakal Scholarship” in the memo line mailed to the UCO Foundation, 100 N University Drive, Box 133, Edmond, OK 73034.

The second of two memorial events for Nakal is set for 6 p.m. Friday in Nigh University Center Constitution Hall as part of “Desi Night,” a previously planned UCO Indian Student Association event designed for attendees to experience the traditional cuisine, dancing and music of India.

K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›