We’re thrilled to welcome to the program entering sophomore PU Legacy Scholar Hope Tuttle who is studying Criminal Justice at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Originally from Bristow, Oklahoma, Hope is a Valedictorian graduate from Sapulpa High School in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. There she was president of the Native American Student Association, Editor of Key Club, member of National Honor Society, member of National Society of Leadership and Success, and on the Sapulpa High School Leadership Council. Hope has put in countless hours of volunteering with Caring Community Friends stocking food, wrapping gifts, and holding food drives. She also has a multitude of hours through Creek County 4-H hosting a county-wide animal food drive and other activities. Moreover, in her extracurricular activities, she was also involved with many sports including basketball, cross country, and golf.
Playing collegiate golf at William Woods, Hope has carried on being a 3rd generation collegiate athlete. At William Woods Hope has joined her campus activities board, and student alumni council, and holds an executive position in her sorority. Her goal is to inspire young girls to chase their dreams and to always give back to the community that served them. Hope believes, "a leader is much more than just someone who leads. Yes, leaders can be born with the ability to naturally lead, but there are many more attributes that a person can develop through their adolescent and adult stages of life which can improve their capability to be an exceptional leader. I firmly believe the best leaders are simply not born, but made. Anyone has the capability to become a leader if they set their mind to it.”
Ultimately, as a Native American Woman, Hope plans to use her Criminal Justice degree "to be an advocate for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. These women deserve justice for a multitude of reasons, and I hope to be a person that helps them receive it. Their cases have been pushed under the rug for years, and I firmly believe I can change this. Attention needs to be brought to this issue and action needed to be taken when these issues first began."