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The Petree College of Arts & Sciences offers merit based and competitive scholarship opportunities.

Deadline: March 1

Description

The OCU Academic Merit scholarship is based on grade point average. To receive the OCU Academic Merit Scholarship, incoming first-year students must submit their application and all required documents* by March 1. After the deadline, scholarship amounts are not guaranteed. Full-time enrollment of 12 or more hours per semester is required for the scholarship. Awards are renewable up to seven consecutive semesters (excluding summer terms) with a required minimum cumulative 3.0 unweighted GPA. Oklahoma City University recalculates every high school grade point average on a standard 4.0 scale.**

SCHOLARSHIP NAMEGPAAMOUNT
PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMIC AWARD                                             3.8+   $13,000/yr                                       
UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC AWARD  3.4-3.79         $10,500/yr
ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMIC AWARD      3.0-3.39   $8,000/yr

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

**All Pre-AP, Pre-IB, and Honors courses are weighted on a 4.5 point scale (A=4.5, B=3.5, C=2.5, D=1.5), and AP, IB, or Concurrent courses are weighted on a 5 point scale (A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2). Our calculation will be used for admission and scholarship purposes.

Game Design & Animation Scholarship

Students majoring in Game Design and animation with at least a 2.75 minimum high school GPA will automatically be awarded the Game Design & Animation Scholarship. This award is $6,000 per academic year ($3,000 each fall and spring semester for a maximum of 8 semesters for first-year students). The Game Design & Animation Scholarship is stackable with other university scholarships, but the sum of all university scholarships may not exceed the block tuition rate. This award is renewed each year for students continuing to major in Game Design and Animation who maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Esports Management Scholarship

Students majoring in Esports Management with at least a 2.75 minimum high school GPA will automatically be awarded the Esports Management Scholarship. This award is $5,000 per academic year ($2,500 each fall and spring semester for a maximum of 8 semesters for first-year students). The Esports Management Scholarship is stackable with other university scholarships, but the sum of all university scholarships may not exceed the block tuition rate. This award is renewed each year for students continuing to major in Esports Management who maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Your application for admission will also be your application for competitive scholarships. Additional information may be required for some scholarships. If you would like to be considered for competitive scholarships, please submit a resume and an additional letter of recommendation to [email protected], if not already included in your application materials.

  • Students must be admitted to Oklahoma City University by Dec. 15 to be considered for competitive scholarships.
  • Notifications will be made on March 1.

Art Scholarships

• Based on portfolio.
• May be combined with academic scholarships, not to exceed the cost of block tuition.

Bishop's Scholar Award

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

  • Be a first-year student admitted to Oklahoma City University by Dec. 15.
  • Hold membership in a United Methodist Church.
  • Obtain a recommendation from the senior pastor or youth minister of the student's church.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment in the Wimberly School of Religion.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Reside in campus housing first-year through fourth year in college.
  • Be active and provide leadership for the campus Religious Life programs, including weekly chapel services.
  • Plan to pursue a career in service to the church and community.

*PLEASE NOTE – Religion scholarships are designed to cover up to the tuition percentage awarded once all other scholarships and grants have been applied. They are not stackable with other university scholarships unless specifically noted.

Brooke Haley Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship fund was created in 2005 to honor Brooke Haley, a mass communications (broadcasting) student. The scholarship is intended for students who demonstrate a commitment to the field of mass communications. Funds are applied to tuition expenses. Students must have a 3.25 GPA. Current, transfer, and first-year students may apply.

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Computer Science Fellows Program

The Computer Science Fellows Program is a prestigious opportunity for select, high-achieving, first-time, full-time students entering the Computer Science program at Oklahoma City University with a cumulative high school GPA ≥ 3.60. This unique program offers the combined opportunities of (a) an up to full-tuition scholarship for four years (eight semesters) of study at Oklahoma City University and (b) participation in internships, interdisciplinary learning, and professional development opportunities.

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Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship is for 80% tuition for four years for eligible applicants. To be eligible for the Dean’s Scholarship, students will meet the following criteria:

  • Be admitted to Oklahoma City University by Dec. 15.
  • Obtain recommendation from the pastor, youth minister, or the leader of the student's faith community.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment in the Wimberly School of Religion.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Be active and provide leadership for the campus Religious Life programs.
  • Plan to pursue a career in service to the student’s faith tradition and the wider community.

*PLEASE NOTE – Religion scholarships are designed to cover up to the tuition percentage awarded once all other scholarships and grants have been applied. They are not stackable with other university scholarships unless specifically noted.

Esports Scholarship

Students wishing to compete on our varsity-level Esports teams are eligible to try out for talent-based scholarship awards. Scholarship amounts vary and are stackable with other university merit scholarships but may not exceed the full-block tuition rate. Information on tryout dates will be shared with all interested students by the Esports Director in the spring of each academic year. This award may be renewed each year by the Esports Director based on student performance and team participation, as well as good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Film Scholarships

  • Based on portfolio.
  • May be combined with academic scholarships, not to exceed the cost of block tuition.

Frank G. Brooks Memorial Scholarship

The Frank G. Brooks Memorial Scholarship is a competitive, full-tuition scholarship awarded to an outstanding first-year student who chooses to study biology at Oklahoma City University. This award cannot be combined with other university scholarships. The scholarship selection committee will assess multiple criteria including, but not limited to, ACT/SAT scores, GPA, letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, community involvement, and application essay. An on-campus interview will be scheduled with qualifying applicants.

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Gordon Tasker Schaul English Scholarship

The Gordon Tasker Schaul English Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for students pursuing a B.A. in English. Students must have a 3.5 GPA and will be required to maintain a 3.5 GPA each year to renew the scholarship. The donor requires the student to be a U.S. Citizen, and preference will be given to students who graduated from an Oklahoma City Metro area public or private high school.

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U.S. Schaul Endowed Philosophy Scholarship

The U.S. Schaul Endowed Philosophy Scholarship is for students pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy. Students must have a 3.5 GPA, and will be required to maintain a 3.5 GPA each semester to renew the scholarship. The donor requires the student to be a U.S. Citizen, and preference will be given to students who graduated from an Oklahoma City Metro area public or private high school or junior college. The $2,500/year scholarship is renewable for seven semesters, provided the student maintains eligibility.

Pre-Engineering B.S. Studies Scholarship

Oklahoma City University students wishing to become engineers can do so through our Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Engineering in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis. In this unique program, students complete three years of rigorous math, science and liberal arts courses at Oklahoma City University followed by three years of study in the engineering field of their choice at Washington University, leading to three degrees: a Bachelor of Science from OCU and both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Engineering from Washington University. Students achieve their master's degree in the same time it would take in a traditional program. Participants in this program thus gain the best of both worlds -- a small, personal, liberal arts background from OCU and a top-ranked engineering experience from Washington University. Students must have ACT science and math scores of 27 (or SAT Math score of 640), or have demonstrated proficiency in high school calculus, in order to be admitted unconditionally into the Pre-Engineering Studies program.

This scholarship is a competitive, full-tuition scholarship awarded to an outstanding first-year student who chooses to pursue the Oklahoma City University portion of this partnership program. This award covers tuition for six semesters at OCU and cannot be combined with other university scholarships.

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Religious Leadership Scholarship

Religious Leadership Scholarship provides up to 70% of tuition, for four years for eligible applicants. To be eligible for a Religious Leadership Scholarship, students will meet the following criteria:

  • Be admitted to Oklahoma City University by Dec. 15.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment in the Wimberly School of Religion
  • Maintain a 2.5–3.0 GPA (depending on award).
  • Be active in the campus Religious Life programs.

*PLEASE NOTE – Religion scholarships are designed to cover up to the tuition percentage awarded once all other scholarships and grants have been applied. They are not stackable with other university scholarships unless specifically noted.

Robert H. Henry Scholarship

The Robert H. Henry Scholarship was funded by various donors and a large gift from the Chickasaw Nation to honor former President Henry's service to OCU and both his love for and academic scholarship in law and humanities.

This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in the humanities, preference given to Chickasaw members, and provides selected students a $5,000 scholarship that is stackable with other university scholarships. This award is available for a total of four years (eight consecutive semesters) with the caveat that scholarship recipients maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)

Speech and Debate

Scholarships are available for students interested in joining the OCU speech and debate team. This support is for team members, whether they participate in a debate, competitive speech, performance, or a combination of events. Scholarship renewal requires a 3.0 GPA.

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The 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 Petree College of Arts and Sciences. Eligibility: Graduating senior in the upper 10% of their graduating class from an accredited Oklahoma high school or ACT ≥ 30, a non-smoker, plans to pursue a major within the Oklahoma City University Petree College of Arts and Sciences, and must 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 Petree 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.

NOTE: Apply online at occf.org. Online applications are accepted October 1 - January 12, annually.

You will need to either sign in to your account or create an account at occf.org to begin your application for this scholarship opportunity.

The Mary Ellen & George R. Randall Endowed Great Plan Scholarship for Pre-Med and Science

The Mary Ellen and George R. Randall Endowed Great Plan Scholarship is a competitive four-year scholarship covering tuition, basic room and board, and fees that is awarded to a graduating high school senior who plans to study pre-medicine at OCU. The Great Plan selection committee assesses multiple criteria, including but not limited to ACT/SAT scores, GPA, letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, community involvement, and financial need. An on-campus interview will be scheduled with qualifying applicants.

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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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Transfer students coming directly from an Oklahoma higher education institution with at least a minimum 3.0 cumulative college GPA and enrolling in the Petree College of Arts & Sciences will automatically be awarded the Oklahoma Transfer Award. Transfer academic and departmental scholarships are also available. 

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American Indian Scholarship

This generous scholarship includes block tuition, standard room and board, and membership in the prestigious President's Leadership Class, which is comprised of distinguished scholars who participate in an academic and co-curricular living/learning experience. This award is available for 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.

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Clara Luper Scholarship

Oklahoma City University’s Clara Luper Scholarship program honors this Oklahoma City civil rights leader by providing a private college education to deserving students. Scholars from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds with demonstrated financial need continue Luper’s legacy of commitment to high academic achievement and community service.

This generous scholarship includes block tuition, standard room and board, and membership in the prestigious President's Leadership Class, which is comprised of distinguished scholars who participate in an academic and co-curricular living/learning experience. This award is available for 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.

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OCULeads: the President's Leadership Class Scholarship

The OCULeads Scholarship is available to first-year students immediately graduating from high school who show strong leadership skills. Students must have a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. The $1,000 award will be offered to 10 incoming first-year students and is stackable on top of other awards.

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Potts Family Scholars

Oklahoma City University’s Potts Family Scholars program honors Ray and Pat Potts by providing a private college education to deserving students. Scholars from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds with demonstrated financial need continue the Potts family legacy, which is dedicated to diversity and community engagement. Preference will be given to first-generation students.

This generous scholarship provides selected students an $8,300 tuition scholarship that is stackable with other university scholarships up to full tuition. Students selected to be Potts Family Scholars will participate in programming that meets a few times each semester. The students will participate in community service concentrated in the area of nonprofits. This award is available for 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.

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. Karen Youmans, the coordinator, offers advice to students on scholarship and intern preparation and assists students throughout the application process.

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