OKC high school senior wins $48,000 Barton Scholarship at Wichita State

WICHITA, Kan. An Oklahoma teen will be taking his talents to Wichita next year to begin his college career with his education covered.

Joshua "Tate" Watts won Wichita State's $48,000 Clay Barton Scholarship, one of the state's largest business scholarships.

Watts is the founder of a self-run multi-media company that specializes in photography, videography and DJing.

The senior at Oklahoma City's Westmoore High School plans to study management of information systems and information technology next year. Watts will receive $12,000 per year at WSU through the Barton Scholarship.

Wichita State says late Rent-A-Center co-founder, W. Frank Barton, who provided the naming endowment for WSU's Barton School of Business, in 1991 established the scholarship in honor of his son, Clay.

Clay Barton died from cancer in 1988. He was 20 years old.

Watts says the scholarship committee caught him by surprise with the announcement while he was on campus.

"...It was the coolest thing probably ever," Watts says.