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Merit-Based Scholarship

img2At Oklahoma City University, we appreciate the importance of a high quality, affordable education. In fact, more than 90 percent of OCU students receive some type of scholarship and/or financial aid.

 
 
 
 
Merit-based awards are based on a combination of your student's unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) and their ACT or SAT (critical reading and verbal sections) scores. Scholarships are offered at both the university and departmental levels in arts and sciences, business, and nursing. We also offer talent-based scholarships for our performing arts majors. All scholarships are applied as a discount in tuition. Students with a minimum 3.85 GPA and a minimum 31 ACT are invited to apply for the full-tuition Trustee Scholarship.

 
To receive any Oklahoma City University scholarship for incoming Fall 2014 freshmen: students must submit their application and all required documents* by the priority deadline of March 3, 2014 for Fall 2014 and November 1, 2014 for Spring 2015. After the priority deadlines scholarship amounts are not guaranteed. Also, the December 2013 ACT and SAT exam is the last exam which will be considered for academic and departmental scholarship upgrades. The seventh semester high school transcript is the last transcript where academic and departmental scholarship upgrades are guaranteed. (exceptions would be strongly considered for students in talent programs (academic and athletic) having performance-based state competitions or auditions post-March 3).

Freshmen University Academic Merit Scholarships

Test Score Scholarship GPA
3.0-3.29
GPA
3.30-3.59

GPA
3.60-4.0

ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1020-1080   
Opportunity Award $1,500.00
(per year)
$2,000.00
(per year)
$2,500.00
(per year)
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1090-1160   
Achievement Award $2,000.00
(per year)
$2,500.00
(per year)
$3,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1170-1280
University Award $3,000.00
(per year)
$3,500.00
(per year)
$4,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1290-1430
Presidential Award $5,000.00
(per year)
$5,500.00
(per year)
$6,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1440-1600
Provost Award $6,500.00
(per year)
$7,000.00
(per year)
$7,500.00
(per year)

Freshmen Departmental Awards: (Petree College of Arts and Sciences, Meinders School of Business, and Kramer School of Nursing)

Test Score Scholarship GPA
3.0-3.29
GPA
3.30-3.59

GPA
3.60-4.0

ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1020-1080 
Departmental Award $2,000.00
(per year)
$2,500.00
(per year)
$3,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1090-1160
Departmental Award $3,000.00
(per year)
$3,500.00
(per year)
$4,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1170-1280
Departmental Award $5,000.00
(per year)
$5,500.00
(per year)
$6,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1290-1430
Departmental Award $8,000.00
(per year)
$8,500.00
(per year)
$9,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1440-1600
Departmental Award $9,000.00
(per year)
$9,500.00
(per year)
$10,000.00
(per year)
 
Trustee Scholarship
Students with a minimum 3.85 GPA and a minimum 31 ACT composite are invited to apply for Oklahoma City University's full-tuition Trustee Scholarship. This full-tuition scholarship covers up to 16 credit hours per semester. In order to receive this scholarship all required items for admission as well as the Trustee Scholarship Application must be submitted online to the Office of Admissions at close of business on December 4, 2013.
 
 
In addition to the Trustee Scholarship Application, applicant must prepare an essay two-page, double-spaced, typed essay which addresses:
1. What experiences in your life have led you to your chosen major?
2. What are the professional goals you hope to achieve in your lifetime with your chosen major?
 
Approximately 15 candidates will be chosen to interview with leadership at Oklahoma City University in January. After interviews are completed, eight recipients will be chosen for full-tuition Trustee Scholarship.

 


 

Now that's talent worth a scholarship

Oklahoma City University is fortunate to be nationally recognized for many of its performing arts programs. As such, OCU attracts students from across the country and around the world for a unique opportunity to study and pursue the arts with renowned faculty. Similar to OCU's merit-based scholarships, our performing arts departments often offer talent-based scholarships to admitted students.

 

Performing arts students are required to audition for a space in their respective programs. During auditions, faculty and staff evaluate students for admission and talent-based scholarships. No application is required for these scholarships. If your student is accepted into a performing arts major they will receive their scholarship offer with their acceptance letter. This award is in addition to their merit-based scholarship and will also be applied toward their tuition. At OCU, your student's star talent can truly pay off when it comes to their education.
 

 

 


 

Service & Leadership Scholarship Opportunities

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Oklahoma City University offers service and leadership scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen students. A few of these scholarships include the Clara Luper, American Indian, and OCULeads Scholarships.
 
 
 
Clara Luper and American Indian Scholarships 

These scholarship programs present outstanding opportunities for academically accomplished and community service-oriented students from underrepresented areas. The Clara Luper and American Indian Scholarship Programs embrace OCU's United Methodist tradition of scholarship and service by removing the primary barrier to a private education -- cost. These scholarship programs help provide a private college education to deserving students who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

To apply, students must meet the requirement for regular Oklahoma City University admission, which is both a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA and 22 ACT/1020 SAT (excludes writing portion). Students falling below the academic criteria may be reviewed on a case by case basis by contacting the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs to explain circumstances that warrant special review.

The Clara Luper and American Indian Scholarships will replace any merit-based aid previously awarded. In 2013, the average Clara Luper or American Indian award was $18,000 annually. The Clara Luper and American Indian Scholarship, when combined with OCU talent-based and athletic scholarship, may not exceed the cost of full tuition. The award does not cover university fees.
These scholarships are renewable for four years by maintaining 2.5 cumulative GPA and adhering to program guidelines. Recipients of the Clara Luper and American Indian Scholarships will be required to attend the 'Mind the Gap' Program on campus from June 23 - August 1, 2014. 'Mind the Gap' is a mission driven academic success strategy designed to enhance student development and connect learning and servant leadership opportunities available at Oklahoma City University. 

For more information on how students can apply please visit the Clara Luper or American Indian scholarship websites. Please note, priority application deadline is February 25, 2014 and the final deadline is March 1, 2014. Encourage your students to apply early. For questions, please contact Multicultural Student Affairs at (405) 208-5171.

 
 
 
 
OCULeads: the President's Leadership Class Scholarship

The OCULeads Scholarship is available to students showing strong leadership skills. Students must submit an essay describing a past leadership project, have a minimum of a 3.25 GPA and a 24 ACT or 1110 SAT. Also students will become a part OCULeads: the President's Leadership Class. Application deadline is January 30, 2014. Apply here!