Religious Life & Church Relations  

Clergy and Clergy Dependent Tuition Remission

Oklahoma City University offers 100% tuition remission per semester for undergraduate work and 50% tuition remission per semester for graduate work (excluding Law School) to United Methodist ministers who are under appointment by the Bishop in either  the Oklahoma Annual Conference or the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. This tuition remission is also available to their spouses and dependent children.

Only students who are admitted to the university unconditionally are eligible for this scholarship. It is a university requirement that any applicant for this scholarship must complete the current FAFSA in order to be considered for it. After the student’s federal and/or state grants have been applied, the tuition remission will cover the remaining tuition (fees and books are not included).

Bishop’s Scholars

Each year, Oklahoma City University presents the Bishop's Scholar Award to deserving students as a part of its effort to identify and support academically advanced United Methodist youth who are committed to a career in Christian service to the Church. Interested students must fulfill the eligibility requirements and complete the application process listed below.

NOTE: Recipients of the award are required to help at University-Church Relations Office functions and special events on campus as needed. In addition, they are expected to be student leaders, actively participating in the Religious Life Council and its activities. Attend scheduled Bishop's Scholars events.

Amount of the Award: The Bishop's Scholar Award provides up to the full cost of tuition for four years. Fees, books, room and board, and other expenses are NOT included.

Eligibility: Applicant's must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be a high school senior who is entering OCU as a first year student.
  • Meet the admissions standards of the University
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or better (in core curriculum classes only)
  • Hold membership in a United Methodist Church
  • Be recommended by the senior pastor of the student's church
  • Be a full-time student at OCU who intends to pursue a career in Christian service in the United Methodist Church
  • Major in one of the degree programs of the Wimberly School of Religion
  • Plan to live all four years in University housing facilities

Procedures: Interested students must secure an application for admission to Oklahoma City University from the Office for Undergraduate Admissions.

The student should talk to his/her minister about full time ministry in the United Methodist Church and about being a Bishop's Scholar Award. If the minister believes the student meets the qualifications, he/she may then mail an application/recommendation form for the Bishop's Scholar Award to OCU by December 15. Forms are available from the OCU Church Relations Office.

Following receipt of the pastor's recommendation form, the student will be asked to provide a personal written statement of qualifications, accomplishments, talents, and desire for full time service in the United Methodist Church. The statement and a small photo (suitable for publication) must be mailed to the vice president of University-Church Relations by January 15.

Applicants must provide academic recommendations from a high school counselor or teacher and a personal recommendation from a layperson in their local church by January 15.

Each applicant must meet with the Bishop's Scholar Award Selection Committee for a personal interview.

2014-2015 Award Information, Requirements & Nomination Form >>

Jackie BoltonMelaina RileyJoey Simpson

2014-15 Bishop’s Scholar Award Recipients (left to right): Jackie Bolton, Melaina Riley, and Joey Simpson.

For other financial assistance opportunities: 

Please visit the General Board of Higher Education and Ministries website at; or call 615-340-7346 for Loan Department; or 615-340-7344 for the Scholarship Department. Some of the scholarships offered by the GBHEM are direct application and some are nominations through this office. (The General Board of Higher Education and Ministries scholarship opportunities may not apply to our law students.)

See the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation at for the Dollars for Scholars program and others. You may be eligible to receive Triple Your Dollars for Scholars or Quadruple Your Dollars for Scholars. Click here for more information and to apply online.

For more assistance, please contact the University-Church Relations office:

Rita L. Himes
University-Church Relations
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., AD 402
Oklahoma City, OK 73106-1493
(405) 208-5060
fax (405) 208-5612