Rhetta Farrill, East Central University
Rhetta Farrill is a social entrepreneur and a sophomore at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where she
has a history of identifying groups in need and then coming up with ways to improve their situations. She has led efforts and has also, as a volunteer, added greatly to the efforts of others. She is particularly interested in improving the welfare of children and her efforts have resulted in thousands of dollars’ worth of aid to children. She has worked with several partner organizations to improve conditions for adults and families. Although only a sophomore Rhetta is becoming recognized on the campus and in the community as an energetic, caring leader who can get things done. She leads by example and, whether she is leading a project or helping with one, no one works harder, longer or more effectively than she does. Rhetta is an inspiration to those around her and, no doubt, will continue to be far into the future as she seeks to improve conditions for children and adults in need through her involvement and her efforts to get others involved.
-John Hargrave, President
Since I was little, I have found joy in helping others. From staying after events to help clean up, to volunteering at anything I could find, I stayed busy from a young age. I carried on my passion for serving others into my collegiate life at East Central University. I worked with the Department of Human Services to organize a toy and book drive that engaged the community at a grassroots level and provided Christmas gifts to local foster children. I also am involved at ECU as the Secretary of the Business Leaders Association and an active member of Enactus. In addition to school volunteerism I have worked over 50 hours at our local soup kitchen, and I mentor at-risk youth at church on both Sundays and Wednesdays. As our churches J12 youth pastor I organize and participate in events and fundraisers for our ministry. I have also spearheaded two food drives that provided over 50 families with assistance over the holidays. I believe my studies in management will give me an education that I can give back to my community forever through a purpose-filled career and continuing to work to make my community an even brighter place.