Dr. Tim Hepner and his wife Patricia (Patsy) established the HEPNER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT in 2014. With this in mind that Dr. Hepner wanted to give back to his university and especially the students who are interested in pursuing the profession of medicine in one of the three majors in the Department of Integrative Biology. The Hepner Family scholarship is intended for those students dedicated to attending medical school and who qualify based on performance and financial need. Dr. Hepner and Patsy hope that the burden of educational costs for a qualified OSU student will not create an insurmountable barrier to pursuing their dream.

Tim Hepner, M.D. was born in Woodward, Oklahoma and raised in the Oklahoma panhandle, living in Guymon, Oklahoma and graduating from Guymon High School Oklahoma in 1981. He became a 3rd generation OSU Cowboy in 1981 and received his bachelor’s degree in physiology/pharmacology from OSU in 1985. From there he went to the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1989. He then started his post-graduate training as a resident in general surgery at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City from 1989-1994. He has been in private practice as a general surgeon at St. John Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1994 and has had a successful practice there for 20 years. He and Patsy have been married for nearly 25 years. They have 3 children: Maggie Cates (currently living in Midland, TX), Eliza (currently a sophomore at OSU), and Lane (a fifth grader in Tulsa). The endowment will be fully funded at $25,000 and will allow an annual scholarship of at least $1250.


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