2018 Kitikiti’sh Scholarship Winners Selected

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes' Kitikiti'sh Scholarship Program selects two Wichita tribal members who are enrolled in college as either an undergraduate or graduate college student. This year's award was $1250 for each selected student.

In addition to a completed application that includes enrollment number, GPA and an ACT composite score, other criteria, in the form of short essays, are needed for the complete application portfolio.

The portfolio includes a brief description of future plans; past and current accomplishments; financial need; awards and honors; school participation; cultural involvement; and what the applicant would like to see in the future for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

This year's recipients include one undergraduate and one graduate student, with both of them currently enrolled at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. In addition to attending the same university, the scholarship winners also study within the social science disciplines.

MaCaylin Autaubo

MaCaylin Autaubo

The undergraduate scholarship winner is MaCaylin Autaubo, the daughter of Michelle and Matthew Autaubo. A 2017 graduate of Fort Cobb-Broxton High School, Autaubo is a sophomore human development and family science major with an option in child and family services. In addition to her Wichita enrollment, Autaubo is also of Kiowa descent.

Currently maintaining a 3.00 GPA, Autaubo enjoys science classes such as geology in addition to courses within her major.

Autaubo is active with campus organizations outside of her studies. She is a member of Alpha Pi Omega, one of the largest Native American sororities.

"Being a part of the campus life is something that I wanted to get involved with after I left high school," Autaubo said. "Coming from a small town, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and really put myself out there."

Autaubo said that she "was really honored to be chosen" for the Kitikiti'sh Scholarship.

"I feel like encouraging our Wichita kids to go on to college, apply for financial aid and apply for scholarships," Autaubo said. "We're a small tribe, and not many know Wichita people. I feel being able to represent my people here at OSU is really important. I want other Wichita kids to be able to feel that feeling."

Kristen Frosio

Kristen Frosio

Kristen Frosio is a doctoral-level graduate student in clinical psychology in her fifth and final year. A first-generation college student, her dissertation proposal,Attentional Control Mediates the Relationship Between Worry and Stress Response,was recently approved.

Currently maintaining a 3.86 GPA, her academic background includes undergraduate work at both Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif., and San Diego State University.

Frosio said that she wanted to go into psychology based on her desire to help others and continue to expand her research skills.

"My passions have always been a compassion for helping people," Frosio said. "Originally, I wanted to be a nurse. When I was in community college, I met a professor who was a philosophy of science professor. She asked me to do an independent study with her and asked if I ever thought about getting a doctoral degree."

Frosio's area of research includes the development of "novel treatment platforms," such as computerized programs, "that could reach rural and underserved communities that treat anxiety."

Outside of her studies, Frosio is a graduate mentor for the OSU American Indians in Psychology program, as well as serving as part of the Psychology Diversified Students Program.

Frosio's parents are Jeffrey and Elizabeth Frosio. She is the granddaughter of Mona Waitscox, the great-granddaughter of Robert Waitscox and the great-great-granddaughter of Hattie Pfifer.

Attending school in Stillwater, Okla., places Frosio in closer proximity to Wichita ceremonial and cultural events than when she lived in California. This year, for the first time, she attended the Wichita and Pawnee Visitation in Pawnee as well as the Wichita Annual Dance, meeting many of her relatives. For Frosio, receiving the Kitikiti'sh Scholarship gives her experiences added meaning.

"Getting this scholarship was like full circle for me," she said. "It makes me feel a part of the community. It makes me want to be more involved."

Giving Back

A key component that both Autaubo and Frosio share is a desire to give back to the Wichita community.

"I plan on actually coming back to the Wichita Tribe and bettering our Wichita people-our lives and our children-and helping in any way possible," Autaubo said, "because of how much they have done for me as well as my family."

Frosio said the Kitikiti'sh Scholarship is helping her purchase the research materials that she needs for her dissertation. "This directly affects my ability to be successful in the program," she said. With Frosio's research centering on the measurement of stress and anxiety, she said that she would like to assist the Wichita people in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention.