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2016-2017 Freshmen Scholarships

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission and scholarships early while scholarships are most abundant. In most cases, scholarships are stackable, but may not exceed the cost of tuition. Please see each scholarship for individual consideration deadlines.

All university scholarships require full-time enrollment.

NOTE: The February 2017 ACT and January 2017 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 6).

If a student receives a substantial special university scholarship (50% tuition covered or more, e.g. Pageant Scholarships) during their time at OCU, this replaces their academic and departmental awards for the semester(s) awarded. Additional semester use of academic and departmental awards are not added to make up for semesters the awards were replaced for a substantial special university scholarship.

Any combination of Oklahoma City University scholarships cannot exceed the block price tuition of 12-16 hours.

Choose from our following scholarship categories to learn more:

 

Freshmen University Academic Merit Scholarships

Priority Deadline: March 1, 2016.
(see description for details)

Description:
Academic scholarships are based on ACT/SAT test scores (excluding writing portion) and high academic ability as indicated by grade point average. To receive any Oklahoma City University merit based scholarships, incoming Fall 2016 freshmen students must submit their application and all required documents* by the priority deadline of March 1, 2016. After the priority deadline scholarship amounts are not guaranteed. Full-time enrollment of 12 or more hours per semester is required for scholarship. Awards are renewable up to seven consecutive semesters (excluding summer terms) with required minimum cumulative 3.0 unweighted GPA. Oklahoma City University recalculates every high school grade point average on a standard 4.0 scale. All Pre-AP, Honors, and AP courses are weighted on a 5 point scale (A=5, B=4, C=3, D=1). Our calculation will be used for admission and scholarship purposes. 

Test ScoreScholarshipGPA
3.0-3.29
GPA
3.30-3.59
GPA
3.60-4.0
ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1020-1080
Opportunity Award$1,700.00
(per year)
$2,200.00
(per year)
$2,700.00
(per year)
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1090-1160
Achievement Award$2,200.00
(per year)
$2,700.00
(per year)
$3,200.00
(per year)
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1170-1280
University Award$3,300.00
(per year)
$3,800.00
(per year)
$4,300.00
(per year)
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1290-1430
Presidential Award$5,400.00
(per year)
$5,900.00
(per year)
$6,400.00
(per year)
 ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1440-1600
 Provost Award$7,000.00
(per year)
$7,500.00
(per year) 
$8,000.00
(per year) 

*Required documents include application, application essay, official high school transcript, official test scores, high school counselor's recommendation form, and $55 application fee.

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Freshmen Departmental Awards*

In addition, students who are admitted to and enrolled in the Petree College of Arts and Science, Meinders School of Business, or the Kramer School of Nursing will be awarded a departmental scholarship in conjunction with the academic merit scholarship. This award is based on a combination of the student ACT or SAT (excluding writing portion) and High School GPA. Full-time enrollment of 12 or more hours per semester is required for scholarship.

NOTE: The same deadlines apply for Departmental Awards as they do for Merit Based Scholarships. See Merit Based Scholarships for more details.

Test ScoreScholarshipGPA
3.0-3.29
GPA
3.30-3.59
GPA
3.60-4.0
ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1020-1080
Departmental Award$3,000.00
(per year)
$3,500.00
(per year)
$4,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1090-1160
Departmental Award$4,000.00
(per year)
$4,500.00
(per year)
$5,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1170-1280
Departmental Award$6,000.00
(per year)
$6,500.00
(per year)
$7,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1290-1430
Departmental Award$9,000.00
(per year)
$9,500.00
(per year)
$10,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1440-1600
Departmental Award $10,000.00
(per year)
$10,500.00
(per year) 
$11,000.00
(per year) 

*Students who are admitted to the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, the School of Theatre, or the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management programs are eligible to audition for talent scholarships and are not eligible to receive these Departmental Awards.

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Talent Scholarships

Fine Arts Scholarships are based upon the results of performance auditions or portfolio review. For information about auditions or portfolio review, click on the links below or contact the Office of Admissions.

Dance and Arts Management Scholarships

  • Based on audition
  • May be combined with academic scholarship, not to exceed the cost of tuition

Music Scholarships

  • Based on audition
  • May be combined with academic scholarship, not to exceed the cost of tuition

Theatre Scholarships

  • Based on audition
  • May be combined with academic scholarship, not to exceed the cost of tuition

*Talent Scholarships may be combined with academic scholarships; however, talent scholarships are not stackable with Departmental Awards.

 

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OCU Scholarships

The Distinguished National Scholarships and Internship Office

The Distinguished National Scholarships and Internship Office at OCU can provide information about national scholarships and internships as well as Oklahoma scholarship opportunities. Dr. Abigail Keegan, the coordinator, offers advice to students on scholarship and intern preparation and assists students throughout the application processes.

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Gary Moore Great Plan Scholarship

The purpose of the Gary M. Moore, M.D., Great Plan Scholarship Fund with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is to facilitate outstanding high school seniors in need of financial assistance so that they may experience the educational opportunities offered by the Oklahoma City University College of Arts and Sciences.Eligibility: Graduating senior in the upper 10% of his or her graduating class from an accredited Oklahoma high school ACT ≥ 30,  a non-smoker, and plans to pursue a major within the Oklahoma City University College of Arts and Sciences Demonstrate leadership and altruistic activities The Gary Moore Great Plan scholarship is renewable for up to four years and can only be used at Oklahoma City University in the College of Arts and Sciences. Recipients must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Funds may be used for tuition, fees and book expenses.

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The Mary Ellen & George R. Randall Endowed Great Plan Scholarship

George R. Randall endowed The Great Plan Scholarship as a competitive four-year scholarship covering tuition, basic room, board and fees that is awarded to a graduating high school senior who intends to study pre-medicine or science at Oklahoma City University.

The Great Plan Scholarship selection committee will assess multiple criteria, including but not limited to ACT/SAT scores, grade point average, letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, and community involvement. Interviews will be scheduled with selected applicants during the month of March, with notifications by March 31st, annually.

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Clara Luper Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st, annually

To be considered for the Clara Luper Scholarship:

  1. Applicants must be a full-time, first-time freshman during the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
  2. Applicants must have an ACT score of at least a 24 or an SAT score of at least an 1110 (excluding writing portion) AND at least a 3.25 GPA.
  3. Applicants must be admitted to Oklahoma City University by March 1st.
  4. Applicants must complete the Clara Luper Scholarship Application by March 1st.
  5. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) by March 1st.
    • The FAFSA can be accessed and completed online at fafsa.ed.gov.
    • Include Oklahoma City University's federal code (003166) on the application.
  6. Applicants must demonstrate need, which will be determined through the FAFSA. Applicants chosen by the Department of Education for the verification process must submit additional financial aid documents.*

*Students may be selected for an interview with outstanding requirements. Students will need to submit additional financial aid documents for further review, in a timely manner. Scholarship offers will not be made or guaranteed to students who do not complete the necessary steps for verification.

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American Indian Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st, annually

To be considered for the American Indian Scholarship:

  1. Applicants must be a full-time, first-time freshman during the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
  2. Applicants must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.
  3. Applicants must have an ACT score of at least a 24 or an SAT score of at least an 1110 (excluding writing portion) AND at least a 3.25 GPA.
  4. Applicants must be admitted to Oklahoma City University by March 1st.
  5. Applicants must complete the American Indian Scholarship Application by March 1st.
  6. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) by March 1st.
    • The FAFSA can be accessed and completed online at fafsa.ed.gov.
    • Include Oklahoma City University's federal code (003166) on the application.
  7. Applicants must demonstrate need, which will be determined through the FAFSA.
  8. Applicants chosen by the Department of Education for the verification process must submit additional financial aid documents.*

*Students may be selected for an interview with outstanding requirements. Students will need to submit additional financial aid documents for further review, in a timely manner. Scholarship offers will not be made or guaranteed to students who do not complete the necessary steps for verification.

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Native American Business Academy

The Chickasaw Nation has partnered with the Meinders School of Business and Oklahoma City University to provide a full-tuition scholarship to five qualified Chickasaw students. Scholarship recipients will enter into the Native American Business Scholars Academy and take part in an innovative, highly-engaging academic experience. Activities include:

  • Seminars and workshops focusing on Native American business issues
  • Academic internships and mentorships
  • Networking opportunities with local business leaders
  • Community-service activities

Requirements:

  • Student must be a Chickasaw citizen
  • Student must meet the OCU admission requirements as a first-time freshman including a 22 ACT or 1020 SAT (excluding the writing portion) and an unweighted 3.0 GPA
  • Student must major in business or software engineering

For more information, please contact Winter Bass, Education Specialist at the Chickasaw Nation, division of Education at (580) 421-7711 or winter.bass@chickasaw.net or Lynette Martin, Director of Student Success at Meinders School of Business at (405) 208-4913 or lmartin@okcu.edu.

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World House Scholars

All World House Scholars will participate in service learning projects each year,complete courses addressing issues of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability and are required to complete at least one approved international education experience while at Oklahoma City University.

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Oxford Plan

The Oxford Plan is an interdisciplinary program in political science, philosophy and economics that prepares students for law school. By following a rigorous academic program and meeting specific criteria for admission, students can receive early and/or preferred admission to the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Oxford Plan students can be eligible to save a year of tuition costs by completing their Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in just six years.

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National Merit Scholar

Oklahoma City University is committed to the recruitment and retention of National Merit Scholars. OCU offers a full-tuition scholarship to our National Merit Scholars. To be eligible for this scholarship students must have been admitted to OCU prior to December 1, 2015 and claim OCU as their first choice by May 1, 2016.

Scholarship is renewable for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

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National Achievement Scholar

Oklahoma City University is committed to the recruitment of National Achievement Scholars. OCU offers a full-tuition scholarship to our National Achievement Scholars. To be eligible for this scholarship students must have been admitted to OCU prior to December 1, 2015 and claim the National Merit Award by June 2, 2016.

Scholarship is renewable for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

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OCULeads: the President's Leadership Class Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The OCULeads Scholarship is available to first-time freshmen immediately graduating from high school who show 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.

OCULeads requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA for renewal.

Note: Due to scheduling considerations and arts management focus, prospective dance majors should apply to Dance & Entertainment LEADS in place of OCULeads. See information below.

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Dance and Entertainment Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Dance and Entertainment LEADS is a scholarship program to recognize outstanding Dance and Arts Management Majors who are first-time freshmen immediately graduating from high school. Students selected for this program receive a scholarship for their freshman year, participate in personalized arts management leadership workshops, and are assigned leadership roles in dance and arts management productions.

Applicants must be high school seniors and have at least a 24 ACT and 3.25 or higher GPA.

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Methodist Scholarships

Bishop's Scholar Award

The Bishop's Scholar Award provides up to the full cost of tuition for four years for eligible applicants. To be eligible for the Bishop Scholar award, students will meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school senior, entering OCU as a first year student through the university's regular admission standards.
  • Hold membership in a United Methodist Church
  • Obtain recommendation from the senior pastor of the student's church
  • Maintain full-time enrollment in the Wimberly School of Religion & plan to pursue a career in Christian service in the United Methodist Church
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (in core curriculum classes only)
  • Reside in campus housing freshman through senior years.

Bradley H. Wahnee Memorial Scholarship

Recipient must be a Native American (enrolled as a member of a federally recognized tribe) pursuing a degree in a medical field.The scholarship will be awarded for the recipient’s books beginning with the Sophomore year through graduation.

Minister Remission for Methodist Clergy And Their Dependents

Prospective students who are a spouse or dependent of an ordained, United Methodist Minister who actively serves the United Methodist Church within the Oklahoma Conference or the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference may be eligible for Minister's Dependent Remission.

Students are required to complete the FAFSA; and after all federal and state grants have been applied the Minister Remission will cover the remaining tuition up to the block pricing structure of 12-16 hours (fees and books are not included). Hours that exceed the block pricing structure will be the responsibility of the student and cannot be covered by the Minister Remission benefits, university gifts, or endowments.

For additional information, please contact Rita Himes in University/Church Relations at rhimes@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5060 or Tasha Casey-Loveless in the Office of Admissions at tasha.loveless@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5654.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Programs – All awards are made for the fall term each year. Renewal of awards are not automatic. Application must be made each year. Students may receive only one scholarship award per year from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. Apply online at umhef.org for further information.

Named Endowed Scholarship Funds

UMHEF has a number of named endowed scholarship funds that have been established by private donors. Some of these funds stipulate that the applicant meet specific criteria. Applicants to the General Named Endowed Funds program will be considered for all scholarships for which they are qualified. Minimum award is $1000. Apply online at umhef.org. Online applications are accepted from January 1 through April 1 each year.

United Methodist Dollars For Scholars (UMDFS)

The number of awards available through this program is determined annually by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.

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Apply online at umhef.org. Online applications are accepted from January 1 through March 1 annually.

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Outside Scholarships

Horatio Alger Oklahoma Scholarship Program

The Horatio Alger Oklahoma Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of Oklahoma who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Oklahoma Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in Oklahoma; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Be a resident of the State of Oklahoma; and
  • Be a United States citizen

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