Oklahoma, the Sooner State, is the 20th largest state in the US. The state's economy is centered around industries such as aviation, energy, telecommunications and biotechnology. Oklahoma is known for its diverse population, its harsh weather and for being one of the longest running plays in Broadway history.
The largest public universities in the state include the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State University. In addition, there are over 60 other colleges, universities and trade schools that help round out the higher education offerings.
Individuals looking for college scholarship opportunities in Oklahoma have a number of options. State-funded grants and scholarship are available as are privately administered college scholarships. Tuition funding can be found for specific groups (such as Native Americans) or for those pursuing education in a specific field (such as elementary education). There are also scholarships for a wide range of college majors such as computer science, agricultural science, accounting, engineering and many more.
Follow the links below to learn more about college scholarships in Oklahoma.
Nolan Moore Memorial Education Foundation Scholarship
The Foundation’s main purpose is to support industry education, as well as offering scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in printing technology/management. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $180,000 in scholarships to students in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Scholarship amounts range from $500 (freshman) to $2,500 (seniors) per year and are based on the student's academic and non-academic accomplishments. Eligible students must attend an accredited printing management or technology program and have permanent residence in one of the four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri) served by PIA MidAmerica. Students must be pursuing a management or technology degree. Those who are interested in design, photography, or web-based careers will not be considered for the scholarship. The application deadline is March 1st of every year for the school year beginning in the fall.
AOTF Oklahoma Scholarship
Scholarships awarded to one professional level student and technical level student within the state of Oklahoma. Scholarship amount TBD.
Ines Abbott McCrary Scholarship
The scholarship shall be awarded to a junior or senior collegian member of Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State University who will pursue an undergraduate degree during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded, or a senior collegian member of Beta Zeta who will pursue a graduate degree during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded. 2. Should no applicants meet the criteria stipulated in #1, the scholarship shall be awarded to an alumna member of Beta Zeta who will pursue a graduate degree during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded. 3. Should no applicants meet the criteria stipulated in #1 or #2, the scholarship shall be awarded to a freshman or sophomore collegian member of Beta Zeta who will pursue an undergraduate degree during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded. 4. Should no applicants meet the criteria stipulated in #1-#3, the scholarship shall be awarded to any collegian or alumna member of the Fraternity who will pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree during the year for which the scholarship is awarded. 5. In the event Beta Zeta is disestablished and ceases to exist, unless and until Beta Zeta is reestablished, the scholarship shall be awarded to a collegian or alumna member of Beta Zeta who is qualified under the Foundation's then current general scholarship criteria. Should no members of Beta Zeta qualify, the scholarship shall be awarded to any collegian or alumna member of the Fraternity who is qualified under the Foundation's then current general scholarship criteria.
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)
The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG) is a need-based grant program for Oklahoma residents who attend ELIGIBLE COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND CAREER TECHNOLOGY CENTERS in Oklahoma. Awards are approved for full-time or part-time undergraduate students. APPLICATION Application is made through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available through high school counselors, the financial aid office at the college you are planning to attend, or at WWW.FAFSA.GOVnew_window. For best consideration, you should complete and submit the FAFSA to the federal student aid application system as soon as possible after Jan. 1. IT IS IMPORTANT TO APPLY EARLY. Typically, OTAG receives more eligible applications than can be awarded with available funds, and how early a student applies can be the deciding factor in whether that student is offered an OTAG award. For undocumented immigrant students, a special application is available. See "Undocumented Immigrant Eligibility" below. ELIGIBILITY Financial need is measured by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined based on the information the student provides on their FAFSA. The maximum EFC eligible to receive OTAG may vary from year to year based on volume of eligible applications received and available state funding. State funding is usually finalized around the end of May each year. The EFC appears on the Student Aid Report sent to students by the U.S. Department of Education once the FAFSA has been processed. An award will not be denied for academic reasons as long as the school's minimum requirements for admission are fulfilled and satisfactory academic progress is made according to the school's policy for student financial aid recipients. UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT ELIGIBILITY Undocumented immigrants meeting certain requirements may be considered for OTAG awards. In general, qualified applicants enrolling in postsecondary education for the first time must: Have graduated from a public or private high school in Oklahoma. Have resided in Oklahoma with a parent or guardian while attending a public or private high school in Oklahoma for at least two years prior to graduation. Satisfy admission standards for the institution. Have provided to the institution a copy of a true and correct application or petition filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to legalize the student's immigration status. Undocumented immigrants who have previously received OTAG awards and/or who were enrolled in postsecondary education in 2006-07 or earlier are eligible under the criteria that was in effect in 2006-07. These students should call 405.225.9456 or toll free 800.858.1840 for more information regarding their qualifications. Qualified undocumented immigrant students should complete the APPLICATION FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTSpdf, following the directions included on the form regarding completion, and mail directly to the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program. AWARD AMOUNT Currently, the maximum annual award is the lesser of 75 percent of enrollment costs or $1,000 for students attending public colleges, universities or career technology centers, and $1,300 for students attending eligible private colleges or universities. One-half of the award is disbursed in the fall semester, and one-half is disbursed in the spring semester. Funds are released to eligible students by campus officials after eligibility has been confirmed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION See FAQS ABOUT OKLAHOMA TUITION AID GRANT (OTAG) or contact: Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program P.O. Box 108850 Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850 Toll-free: 800.858.1840 In Oklahoma City: 405.225.9456 STUDENTINFO@OSRHE.EDU
Future Teachers Scholarship
The Future Teachers Scholarship Program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as an incentive to encourage the preparation of teachers in critical shortage areas in the public schools of Oklahoma. ELIGIBILITY The student must be a resident of Oklahoma. The student must be nominated by the college in which they are enrolled on the basis of one of the following criteria: A. cumulative high school grade point average ranking in the top 15 percent of his or her high school graduating class; OR B. ACT or SAT score ranking in the top 15 percent for high school graduates of the same year; OR C. admission to a professional education program at an accredited Oklahoma institution of higher education; OR D. an undergraduate record of outstanding success, as defined by the institution. Full-time and part-time students are eligible for the scholarship; however, highest priority will be given to full-time students. Scholarship recipients must maintain no less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Each recipient must agree to teach in a shortage area in Oklahoma public schools for a minimum of three consecutive years upon graduation and licensure as a teacher. Recipients may receive the scholarship for not more than four years, or the equivalent of four years, of full-time study. APPLICATION PROCESS A new application must be submitted each academic year. Application deadlines are established by individual institutions. Completed applications are to be submitted to the nominating institution. The following documentation is required: A. First-time freshman must submit a copy of their high school transcript and ACT or SAT score, whichever is applicable. B. Students who have attended a postsecondary institution must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. C. All students must submit the essay portion of the application on a separate sheet. Institutions will submit scholarship candidates and alternates in priority order to the State Regents office. The State Regents office will notify institutions of awards. AMOUNT OF SCHOLARSHIP An award amount for each nominated student will be determined by the college the student attends. The following annual award limits have been set by the State Regents: Enrollment Hours Completed Toward Baccalaureate Degree Maximum Annual Award Full-time 60 hours and above $1,500 Full-time Less than 60 hours $1,000 Part-time 60 hours and above $750 Part-time Less than 60 hours $500 For purposes of this program, full-time enrollment means not less than 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduates and not less than nine credit hours per semester for graduate students. Part-time enrollment means not less than six credit hours per semester.
Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship
This scholarship enables 11 participating public universities to provide up to four years of scholarship support to academically-promising Oklahoma students enrolled in a baccalaureate program. Each participating institution may nominate up to 15 awardees per year. REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES Cameron University, East Central University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Rogers State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. ELIGIBILITY Applicants must be Oklahoma residents. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria defined below: A. Have an ACT composite score of at least 30 (Only ACT test scores from tests administered on national test dates will be considered for admission to the program.) OR B. Be a National Merit Semifinalist or Commended Student. AWARD AMOUNT The annual award amount is $3,000 and a resident tuition waiver from the institution. The scholarship is available for up to eight semesters of study in a baccalaureate program at a regional university or until the student is granted a baccalaureate degree, whichever occurs first. The scholarship award may be used only at the university making the award; it is not portable. APPLICATION Application is made directly through the university the student plans to attend. The application deadline will vary for each institution.
Chiropractic Education Scholarship Program
This scholarship is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The purpose of the Chiropractic Education Scholarship Program is to assist residents of the state of Oklahoma who are pursuing the study of chiropractic at accredited out-of-state schools. ELIGIBILITY The student must be a resident of Oklahoma for at least five years prior to the date of application. The student must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited chiropractic school. Scholarship awardees under this program shall maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The cumulative grade point average will be determined after the summer trimester for fall scholarship eligibility, and after the fall trimester for spring scholarship eligibility. A student may participate in the program for no more than four years. APPLICATION The application deadline normally falls at the end of May each year. Late applications will not be considered. First-year applicants must include a statement from the institution that states he/she has been admitted to the college. Continuing students must submit a current transcript. State Regents staff will forward the applications to the Oklahoma State Board of Chiropractic Examiners for approval of scholarship candidates. The State Regents office will notify both recipients and chiropractic schools of nominations and awards. AMOUNT OF AWARD The available funds for the program are subject to annual legislative appropriation. Annual award amounts may vary, but cannot exceed $6,000 per student. Upon certification of eligibility, the scholarship shall be awarded in two disbursements at the beginning of the fall trimester and at the beginning of the spring trimester. The award will be sent to an official of the chiropractic school for distribution to the student.
ASHRAE David C. J. Peters Scholarship
A one-year $5,000 scholarship available annually to a qualified undergraduate mechanical engineering student enrolled full-time in a four or five year bachelor degree program at one of the institutions listed below. The scholarship was created by Southland Industries in honor of David Peters, a tireless advocate of recruiting quality and ASHRAE member. California State University (CSU) at Chico San Diego Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Cal Maritime Long Beach Pennsylvania State University North Carolina State University Virginia Tech Clemson University University of Nebraska at Lincoln Omaha University of Nevada at Las Vegas Reno Oklahoma State University University of Texas at Austin Applicants must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class standing of no less than the top 30% and submit the following on or before the application deadline: Official transcript of college grades (College freshmen whose grades are not available by the application deadline must submit an official transcript of high school grades and verification of enrollment in a post-secondary educational institution). Transcript must be mailed. Photocopies will not be accepted. Three signed letters of recommendation as follows: one from an instructor or faculty advisor, one from a current or past employer, and one from another character reference (other than a family member). In the case of institutions with an ASHRAE student branch, a letter from the faculty advisor of that branch may be one of the three letters of recommendation.
3 Point Scholarship Program
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The “3 Point Scholarship Program” has been designed to assist New York/Tri-State & Tulsa area high school students in their pursuit of a college degree. $2,000 grants will be available to graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at a two-year or four-year accredited institution during the upcoming academic year. Students who remain in good standing academically during their freshman year will be given consideration to reapply for additional financial assistance through the program. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 1). Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or the equivalent). 2). Financial Need – attach copies of head of household’s most recent tax returns. 3). Commitment to community service – attach a detailed list your activities. Please submit the following with your completed application: A). An official high school transcript (originals only) – in a sealed envelope. B). Two (2) letters of recommendation – school official, current or former employer, and community leader will be accepted.
Innovation in Education Scholarship
LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.
Tractor Supply Company Scholarship
ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa Scholarship
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agronomy, crop science, agricultural communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, business management, economics, finance, sales, marketing, plant pathology/breeding/genetics, soil science or soil/water conservation. One scholarship will be awarded to resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Two scholarships each will be awarded to residents of Iowa and Nebraska. Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: 17 scholarships at $1,500 each, non-renewable
Fastline Publications Scholarship
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships to a member from Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. In addition, seven scholarships are available to FFA members pursuing a two-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing to the states of Kansas; Kentucky; Nebraska; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm.AWARD: 24 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.
MetLife Foundation Scholarship
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management, communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science or public service and administration in agriculture. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming required. No more than one scholarship per state.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.
Clubs of America
Eligible students will: Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about their career aspirations and how their current course load will help them achieve success in their careers. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged! Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to: email@example.com YouTube submissions are optional, although not required. Video should be no longer than 5 minutes. (Essays submitted via YouTube must also be submitted in writing.)
Betty Black Hatchett Scholarship
Graduate or undergraduate; must reside in or attend school in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, or Arkansas
Ines Abbott McCrary Scholarship
Eligibility:# Open to: Undergraduate and alumnae members of Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State# Additional Criteria: First preference given to junior and senior undergraduate members. Second preference given to alumnae members pursuing a graduate degree. Third preference given to freshman and sophomore undergraduate members.
Lucile Moore Garrett Scholarship
Graduate or undergraduate either residing in or attending school in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, or Louisiana.
Marilyn Chesher Lynch Scholarship
Alumnae member living in and attending school in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, or Louisiana. Active member of alumnae group.
Ruth Hill Wilber Scholarship
Eligibility:# Open to: Undergraduate and alumnae members of Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State# Additional Criteria: Recipients must have served as an officer or committee chairman of Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State or of an alumnae chapter
Scholarships only applicable for specific counties within this state
Tuition, textbooks, fees, supplies, room and board. The cost of higher education really adds up, making some prospective students feel like college may be out of reach. But thankfully, Oklahoma residents have a handful of resources available to them that can help pay for postsecondary education.
STATE NEED-BASED GRANTS
Oklahoma offers two financial need-based grants to its residents, the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) and the Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant (OTEG).
- Award amounts up to $1,300 per academic year.
- Open to full- and part-time students seeking an undergraduate degree.
- Eligibility limited to students with a 1700 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or lower.
- Undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements may be considered.
- Award is $2,000 per academic year.
- Open to full-time undergraduates who have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree. Recipients cannot have exceeded five years of postsecondary enrollment since receiving their first OTEG award.
- Family income must be $50,000 a year or less.
To apply for either grant, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which can be obtained from a high school counselor, a college financial aid office or online at www.fafsa.edu.gov. Because of limited funding, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
STATE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Academic Scholars Program
Oklahoma’s top high school students may be eligible for up to $5,500 through the Academic Scholars Program. The scholarship can be used to help pay for tuition, room, board, books and other fees.
- Students qualify by meeting at least one of the following criteria:
- Achieve National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist or U.S. Presidential Scholar designation.
- Score at or above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT.
- Be nominated by the public college or university they attend according to criteria set by the institution.
To receive the award, students must enter college in the first fall semester following high school graduation.
Award amounts vary based the method through which the student qualifies and the institution the scholar attends. Recipients enrolled at Oklahoma public colleges or universities are eligible for a tuition waiver in addition to the scholarship.
The scholarship is renewable as long as the student remains enrolled full time and maintains at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
- Students who qualify based on ACT or SAT scores should obtain an application from their high school counselor or download one from the website.
- Students may also request a form by calling the State Regents Office at (800) 858-1840 or 225-9239 in Oklahoma City.
- Students who qualify based on National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist or U.S. Presidential Scholar status should apply by contacting the institution they plan to attend.
Eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders who study hard and stay out of trouble may qualify for the Oklahoma’s Promise program. Open to students whose family income is less than $50,000 a year, it offers a full-tuition scholarship to students who attend a public college or university in Oklahoma and who agree to and follow a set of conditions. Students attending a private Oklahoma institution may qualify for a partial tuition scholarship.
In exchange for the scholarship, students agree to take 17 units of high school coursework that will better prepare them for college, to keep up with schoolwork and to participate in Oklahoma’s Promise activities designed to help them get ready for college. They also agree not to skip school, abuse drugs or alcohol or commit criminal or delinquent acts.
Other eligibility requirements:
- Students must enroll while in eighth, ninth or 10th grade. Homeschooled students must be 13, 14 or 15 years old.
- Students must be U.S. citizens and Oklahoma residents.
- Family income must be less than $50,000 at the time of enrollment and less than $100,000 before the student enters college.
- Homeschooled students or students who attend a non-accredited high school must achieve a 22 or higher composite score on an ACT test taken on a national test date.
- Online applications are available here. Signature forms and documents supporting financial information should be mailed to the address on the site.
- Paper applications can be obtained from a high school counselor or via the website.
Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship
Oklahoma residents who have an ACT composite score of at least 30 or those who achieved a designation of a National Merit Semifinalist or a Commended Student may qualify for a $3,000 scholarship and a resident tuition waiver at one of the following Oklahoma universities:
- Cameron University.
- East Central University.
- Langston University.
- Northeastern State University.
- Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
- Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
- Rogers State University.
- Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
- Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
- University of Central Oklahoma.
- University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The scholarship is available for up to eight semesters or until the student has earned a baccalaureate degree. The award is good only at the university that made the offer and cannot be transferred to another institution.
To apply, students should contact the university they wish to attend. Deadline for applications is set by the universities.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
To be eligible for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, students must score a composite 32 on the ACT or a combined 2130 on the SAT. The selection committee also considers a student’s leadership positions, school activities, academic honors, community service and employment. Recipients receive $1,500, and the scholarship may be renewable for up to three more years of study.
Applications may be obtained from a high school counselor.
Future Teachers Scholarship
The Future Teachers Scholarship was created as an incentive to draw more qualified teachers and professionals to critical shortage areas in the state’s public schools. In exchange for a renewable scholarship worth up to $1,500, recipients agree to teach for at least three years at an Oklahoma public school in one of the critical shortage areas.
To be a candidate, students must be Oklahoma residents and be nominated by the institution in which they are enrolled. Students meeting one of the following criteria may receive a nomination:
- A cumulative GPA ranking in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class.
- An ACT or SAT score ranking in the top 15 percent for high school graduates of the same year.
- Admission to a professional education program at an accredited Oklahoma institution of higher education.
- An undergraduate record of outstanding success based on the institution’s guidelines.
Full- and part-time students are eligible, but full-time students are given higher priority.
To apply, students should contact the financial aid office at the institution in which they are enrolled. Institutions then submit nominees in priority order to the State Regents Office.
Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP)
Another incentive designed to fill teacher vacancies in Oklahoma’s public schools is the Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program. Recipients who meet the guidelines receive reimbursement for eligible student loan expenses or an equivalent cash benefit. To qualify, students must:
- Have graduated from an accredited Oklahoma teacher education program.
- Must be certified to teach math or science.
- Must agree to teach math or science at an Oklahoma secondary public school for at least five years.
To apply, students should contact the TSEIP coordinator at their college or university to receive a TSEIP Participation Agreement. Completed forms must be returned to the coordinator no later than the student’s graduation date. At the time of application, students must be enrolled and maintaining satisfactory academic progress in a math or science education degree program.
Other Specialized Aid
Chiropractic Education Assistance Scholarship
Oklahoma residents studying chiropractic care at an accredited out-of-state school may qualify for a scholarship worth up to $6,000. To be eligible, the student:
- Must have been an Oklahoma resident for at least five years prior to application.
- Must be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment at an accredited chiropractic school.
- Must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
To apply, first-year students must provide a statement from the institution that the student as been admitted, and continuing student must provide current transcripts. For application forms, contact the Chiropractic Education Assistance Scholarship, Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education, at (800) 858.1840 or 225-9239 in Oklahoma City or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship
Oklahoma residents interested in a career in public service may qualify for a $1,000 George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship. As a condition of the scholarship, recipients participate in public service seminars offered by the Nigh Institute.
Recipients are selected solely on a nomination process. Oklahoma colleges and universities are invited to submit one nomination for the award per academic year. Students eligible for nomination are:
- Undergraduates enrolled full time at a public or private Oklahoma university.
- Enrolled in a degree program for a public service career.
- Showing exceptional academic achievement based on GPA, class rank, honors and other factors.
Heartland Scholarship Fund
The Heartland Scholarship Fund provides $3,500 to $5,500 to dependent children affected by the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City. To be eligible, students must be a dependent child of a victim killed in the bombing or a surviving dependent child injured in the building’s day care.
The awards may be applied toward tuition, room, board, books and other fees.
Students apply by contacting the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education by calling (800) 858-1840 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Independent Living Act (Foster Care Tuition Waiver)
Oklahoma residents who have been in or are in the foster care program may be eligible for a tuition waiver at a public Oklahoma college, university or career technology center.
Eligible students must have graduated within the previous three years from an accredited high school or the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, or must have completed GED requirements.
Tuition waivers are available to students up to age 21 who have been in DHS custody for at least nine months between ages 16 and 18. Waivers will be available until the eligible student reaches age 26 or receives a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.
Application information is available by contacting the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at (800) 858-1840 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Guard Tuition Waiver
Oklahoma residents in the Oklahoma National Guard may receive a full resident tuition waiver for an Oklahoma college or university if they:
- Do not currently hold a baccalaureate degree.
- Meet admission and retention requirements of the institution they plan to attend.
- Have been certified in good standing by the adjunct general
- Are bona fide members of the Oklahoma Guard at the beginning of the semester for which they are applying for a scholarship or by the scholarship application deadline determined by the institution they attend.
- Are not concurrently enrolled in high school.
Waiver recipients must:
- Be enrolled in a program of study leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree.
- Be enrolled a minimum of six hours in the fall or spring semester, or three in the summer term.
- Submit a plan for degree completion with the Oklahoma National Guard.
To apply, students must submit a Statement of Understanding and Certificate of Basic Eligibility, signed by a commander or representative of the National Guard, by the deadline set by the institution they plan to attend.
Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
Oklahoma’s child care professionals who meet certain guidelines can continue to work while improving their child care skills through education. The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program provides financial assistance through stipends and scholarships for coursework toward an associate degree in child development and early childhood education as well as Child Development Associate (CDA) or Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) credential assessment.
To be eligible, child care professionals:
- Must work at a one-star plus or above OKDHS or tribal-licensed child care facility with a minimum of 10 percent subsidy children. Due to limited funds, however, employees at federally funded child care programs or school-age programs are not eligible.
- Must have worked at a child care facility for at least three months or have taken Entry Level Child Care Training (ELCCT).
- Must work as a teacher, family child care provider, director or assistant director at least 30 hours per week.
- Must earn $15.50 an hour or less.
Application forms may be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education web site.
SREB Academic Common Market
Oklahoma residents wanting to pursue a degree program not available at an Oklahoma college or university might find the cost of out-of-state tuition a roadblock on their way to their chosen career path. But the Southern Regional Education Board has a program that might help. The Academic Common Market is an agreement among the 16 states that make up the SREB to provide in-state tuition to out-of-state students studying in degree programs not available in their home state. The SREB web site has a searchable list of eligible degree programs, but students interested in a program not listed may request the program be reviewed for inclusion.
To apply, students must write to the college or institution offering their degree program concerning admission via the ACM agreement. Once accepted to the program, students should complete and submit the Application and Residency Certification Form (www.okhighered.org/student-center/financial-aid/acm-application.pdf) to:
Academic Common Market Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
PO Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850.
Students will qualify for the waiver of out-of-state fees once Oklahoma residency has been determined and a letter of certification is sent to the student and the institution.
May T. Henry Scholarship Foundation
The $1,000 May T. Henry Scholarship is open to an Oklahoma resident pursuing any field of study as long as they:
- Will attend a college, university or technical school supported by the state of Oklahoma.
- Have graduated from an accredited high school or equivalent institution.
- Are not related to any member of the selection committee.
To apply, submit the application form no later than April 1. Recipients will be notified by the end of May.
William P. Willis Scholarship
The William P. Willis Scholarship is available to Oklahoma residents attending Oklahoma two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Award amounts, application deadlines and guidelines for selection vary by institution. To apply, students should contact the financial aid office at the institution they attend.
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