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American Indian Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: February 1, annually

Oklahoma City University's highly competitive American Indian Scholarship rewards talented students that have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to serving their communities, and proven leadership success. Scholarship recipients become members of a carefully selected class of student leaders who share similar passions for excellence, service, and success. 

This generous scholarship includes full tuition, room and board, and membership in the prestigious President’s Leadership Class, which is comprised of distinguished scholars that share in an academic and co-curricular living/learning experience.  This award is available or a total of four years (eight consecutive semesters) with the caveat that scholarship recipients maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and fully participate in the program.

For more information, contact Russ Tallchief (Osage) at trtallchief@okcu.edu or call (405) 208-6288.

Hunting Horse (1846-1952), a Kiowa spiritual leader who became a Methodist minister

Scholarship recipients may be interested in joining OCU’s active Native American Society, which hosts an annual powwow and other cultural events throughout the year.  Native scholars also participate annually in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC), comprised of 89 United Methodist churches in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Our OIMC represents the largest concentration of Native American United Methodists in the United States.  The historic Indian Missionary Conference was started by Cherokee, Creek and Choctaw tribes in 1844 and continues today.

The OIMC ministers to the needs of approximately 6,000 Native people, with 84 churches, several of these congregations being over 100 years old, five fellowships and a church and community center.  Ministry initiatives include: Children, Youth and Adult ministries; Local Church Revitalization; Conference and District wide training events; Continuing Education Events for pastors; UM Women and UM Men; building and church extension. Efforts are also being made to preserve Native languages, traditions and songs.