Justin Massee, '23

DONOR DOLLARS AT WORK: Justin Massee, Health and Sports Science Management
By Jana Garvie Lindley
Recent Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduate Justin Massee, Laverne, Okla., embraced and appreciated his college experience, making the most of it.
“The people are what make Northwestern special. Professors, faculty, and staff are rooting for you to succeed. Everywhere you go, you are met with encouragement and kindness.”
Massee chose Northwestern due to the proximity to his hometown, the friendly atmosphere and the affordability.
“Finances are one of the biggest stressors for college students. Even the smallest scholarships went a long way in relieving the burdens of paying for college and limiting student debt. Having help paying for college made getting a degree seem more achievable.”

After graduating in the fall of ’23 with a Health and Sports Science Management degree, Massee wants to teach health and fitness at the college level.
At Northwestern, Massee was on the President’s and Vice President’s Honor Rolls and was involved at the Wesley House at NWOSU, one of the campus religious organizations for students.
Physiology of Exercise was a favorite course.
“This class was not only interesting, but the information I learned was applicable to so many parts of my life. I use some of what I learned in that class on a daily basis.”
“Being constantly surrounded by exceptional people has changed my life in a major way. There are so many high-quality teachers and role models here at Northwestern. I’ve had the chance to learn from many brilliant people and become friends with many brilliant students. I don’t know what my life would look like without the influence of so many of these amazing people.”
“Justin is a tremendous young man,” said Professor Shane Hansen. I am thankful to have had him in class as well as the opportunity to be his academic advisor.  He is an extremely hard worker with even greater character.  He represents the characteristics of a true Ranger!”
Massee is the Head Cashier in the Northwestern Business Office, teaches martial arts at North West Oklahoma Kenpo Karate, and enjoys going to the gym and traveling.

Massee received the Merle K. and Hazel E. Exline Scholarship.
Established in 1997 through a gift from the Exline Foundation, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide scholarship assistance to high school graduates from the Seiling, Laverne, Sharon-Mutual, Beaver and Woodward public schools. This scholarship can be renewed up to four years if the recipient meets the requirements. Hazel Symes Exline first obtained her life certificate from Northwestern in 1929 and then completed her bachelor's degree in 1953. She began her teaching career near Seiling. In 1935, she and her husband Merle moved to Beaver where Merle engaged in farming and Hazel began her 39-year teaching career in Beaver County. Merle dedicated his life to farming and was active in the Methodist Church. Merle passed away in 1972. Hazel retired in 1975 and moved to Woodward. She passed away in 1995.


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