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Freshman Scholarships

Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Note: Scholarship amounts for fall 2020 and spring 2021 are tentative at this time, and final opportunities will be posted after July 1.

Beginning with fall 2020 applicants, your application for admission will also be your application for competitive scholarships. Deadlines and details are below.

  • November 15 - Priority Competitive Scholarship Application Deadline
  • February 1 - Regular Competitive Scholarship Application Deadline

If you would like to be considered for competitive scholarships, please submit a resume and an additional letter of recommendation to admissions@okcu.edu, if not already included in your application materials.

Notifications will be made by March.

All university scholarships require full-time enrollment.

Freshman Academic & Departmental Scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarships

Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020

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 2020 freshmen must submit their application and all required documents* by the priority deadline of March 1, 2020. 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.**

Test ScoreScholarshipGPA 3.0-3.29GPA 3.30-3.59GPA 3.60-4.0
ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1100-1150
Opportunity Award$1,700/yr$2,200/yr$2,700/yr
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1160-1220
Achievement Award$2,200/yr$2,700/yr$3,200/yr
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1230-1320
University Award$3,300/yr$3,800/yr$4,300/yr
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1330-1440
Presidential Award$5,400/yr$5,900/yr$6,400/yr
ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1450-1600
Provost Award$7,000/yr$7,500/yr$8,000/yr

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

**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.

Freshman Departmental Awards*

Students who are admitted to and enrolled in the Petree College of Arts and Sciences, Meinders School of Business, or the Kramer School of Nursing will be awarded a departmental scholarship in conjunction with the academic 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 academic-based scholarships. See academic scholarships for more details.

Test ScoreScholarshipGPA 3.0-3.29GPA 3.30-3.59GPA 3.60-4.0
ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1100-1150
Departmental Award$3,000/yr$3,500/yr$4,000/yr
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1160-1220
Departmental Award$4,000/yr$4,500/yr$5,000/yr
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1230-1320
Departmental Award$6,000/yr$6,500/yr$7,000/yr
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1330-1440
Departmental Award$9,000/yr$9,500/yr$10,000/yr
ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1450-1600
Departmental Award$10,000/yr$10,500/yr$11,000/yr

*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.

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 block tuition.

Music Scholarships

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

Theatre Scholarships

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

Art Scholarships

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

Film Scholarships

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

*Talent Scholarships may be combined with academic scholarships; however, talent scholarships are not stackable with departmental scholarships, with the exception of art and film scholarships which may be combined with both academic and departmental scholarships, not to exceed the cost of block tuition.

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OKCU Scholarships for Any Major

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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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 that 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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Speech and Debate

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

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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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OKCULeads: the President's Leadership Class Scholarship

The OKCULeads Scholarship is available to first-time freshmen immediately graduating from high school who show strong leadership skills. Students must have a minimum of a 3.25 GPA and a 24 ACT or SAT equivalent. OKCULeads requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA for renewal.

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National Merit Scholar/National Hispanic Scholar

Admission Deadline: December 1, annually
First Choice Deadline: May 1, annually

Oklahoma City University is committed to the recruitment and retention of National Merit Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars. OKCU offers a full-tuition scholarship to our National Merit Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars. To be eligible for this scholarship students must have been admitted to OKCU prior to December 1, 2019 claim OKCU as their first choice by May 1, 2020, and must complete the FAFSA.

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

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National Achievement Scholar

Admission Deadline: December 1, annually
First Choice Deadline: May 1, annually

Oklahoma City University is committed to the recruitment of National Achievement Scholars. OKCU offers a full-tuition scholarship to our National Achievement Scholars. To be eligible for this scholarship students must have been admitted to OKCU prior to December 1, 2019, claim the National Merit Award by May 1, 2020, and must complete the FAFSA.

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

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The Distinguished National Scholarships and Internship Office

The Distinguished National Scholarships and Internship Office at OKCU 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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Horatio Alger Oklahoma Scholarship Program

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

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Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment Scholarships

Dance and Arts Management Scholarships

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

Meinders School of Business Scholarships

The Meinders Business Leadership Fellows Program

The Meinders Business Leadership Fellows Program is a prestigious opportunity for select, high-achieving, first-time, full-time freshman students entering the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University as a direct high school matriculate with an ACT score ≥ 28 (or SAT equivalent) and cumulative high school GPA ≥ 3.50. This unique program offers the combined opportunities of (a) a full-tuition scholarship for four years (eight semesters) of study in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University and (b) participation in an innovative program of co-curricular learning and personal development opportunities.

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The Business Excellence Award

Students with an ACT of 24-28 and a minimum 3.25 high school cumulative GPA will qualify for an additional $2,000 per academic year.

Students who qualify and are majoring in the Meinders School of Business will be awarded an additional $2,000. You will receive a Business Excellence Award. Once you have committed to OKCU the Business Excellence Award will be funded from either the Naifeh Endowed Scholarship or Meinders Endowed Business Scholarship. The donors will be notified of your prestigious award and anticipate a thank you letter from you. Connecting with our generous donors opens opportunities for you now and in the future. We congratulate you on your academic achievement thus far and look forward to seeing you excel in the Meinders School of Business.

* Students with a 28 ACT who apply for and are chosen for the Meinders Business Leadership Fellows Program will not be awarded the Business Excellence Award.

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.

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McLaughlin Scholarship

The McLaughlin Scholarship is available to students majoring in finance or accounting. To be considered for the McLaughlin Scholarship, students must be admitted to OKCU by February 1 and have indicated finance or accounting as the selected major on the application for admission. Meinders School of Business faculty members will review the eligible applications in February. The finalists will then be contacted for an in-person or Skype interview. The number of awards given, and the individual amounts awarded, will vary.

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Petree College of Arts & Sciences Scholarships

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.

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 his or her graduating class from an accredited Oklahoma high school, 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 - February 1, annually.

You will need to either sign in to your account or click the "Sign Up" button at the top of the linked page below to create an account with the OCCF. Once you have created an account you will be able to begin your application for this scholarship opportunity.

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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 OKCU. 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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Art Scholarships

•Based on portfolio.
•May be combined with academic and departmental 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 freshman 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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Computer Science Fellows Program

The Computer Science Fellows Program is a prestigious opportunity for select, high-achieving, first-time, full-time freshmen entering the computer science program at Oklahoma City University as a direct high school matriculate with an ACT score ≥ 26 (or SAT equivalent) and cumulative high school GPA ≥ 3.60. This unique program offers the combined opportunities of (a) a 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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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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Weightlifting/Barbell Club Scholarship

Petree College of Arts & Sciences department of Exercise and Sport Science is offering one $12,000/year scholarship for incoming fall 2020 freshmen and transfers. If selected, recipients will be required to participate in three days of training per week and compete in two big meets per year with the Weightlifting/Barbell Club. For more information on this scholarship or to learn more about OKCU's Weightlifting/Barbell Club, please contact Jason Miller at jmiller2@okcu.edu.

Film Scholarships

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

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 3.25 GPA. Current students, transfers and high school seniors may apply.

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Pre-Engineering B.S. Studies Scholarship

Oklahoma City University students wishing to become engineers can do so through our Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Engineering 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 OKCU 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 OKCU 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 freshman student who chooses to pursue the Oklahoma City University portion of this partnership program. This award covers tuition for six semesters at OKCU and cannot be combined with other university scholarships.

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Theatre School Scholarships

Theatre Scholarships

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

Wanda L. Bass School of Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships

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

ROTC Scholarships

Air Force ROTC

Oklahoma City University students now have a unique opportunity to join Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) while attending OKCU by a cooperative agreement between Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma.

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Army ROTC

Army ROTC students may compete for two, three, and four-year scholarships. Army ROTC also has a scholarship program for nursing students. After you complete your degree and the Army ROTC program, you will receive a commission as an officer in the United States Army.

Contact the UCO Army ROTC for eligibility determination and enrollment assistance. See course offerings by visiting UCO's website and clicking on “Military Science.” You can also visit the ROTC website for more information.

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Wimberly School of Religion Scholarships

Bishops Scholar Award

The Bishops 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 OKCU 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 and 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.

Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship award is for 80% tuition.

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Commit to a full-time vocation in the United Methodist Church.
  • Pursue a course of study in the Wimberly School of Religion.
  • Be active and provide leadership for the campus Religious Life programs.

Religion Departmental Scholarship

This award, which provides up to 70% of tuition, provides financial support to students with a strong commitment to the study of religion in preparation for a career in ministry. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a degree track in the Wimberly School of Religion.
  • Maintain a 2.5 – 3.0 GPA (depending on award).
  • Be active and provide leadership for the campus Religious Life programs.

Students recommended for the Bishop Scholar Award will automatically be considered for the Dean's and Religion Departmental Scholarships. Students who are planning to study in the Wimberly School of Religion and are not United Methodist may be recommended for the Dean's and Religion Departmental Scholarships.

*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.

Methodist Scholarships

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.

LEAD Scholarship (formerly known as CYME)

Oklahoma United Methodists who have attended LEAD Leadership Camp (formerly known as CYME) at least four times during their high school years are eligible for the LEAD Scholarship. The scholarship covers half tuition and can be stacked with some OKCU scholarships up to the cost of full tuition. To verify your eligibility, click on the link below. Once verified, the award will be posted as part of your financial aid.

LEAD Verification Form

Minister Remission for Methodist Clergy and their Dependents

First-time undergraduate students entering in a fall semester who are a 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. Minister’s Remission is not always guaranteed.

Note: Minister's Remission applications are no longer being accepted for fall 2019. However, fall 2020 candidates may apply at this time.

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United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

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

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 $1,000. Apply online at umhef.org. Online applications are accepted from January 1 through April 1 each year.

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.

Global Board of Higher Education & Ministry Scholarships and Loans

GBHEM offers a number of scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate study, including general scholarships, racial and ethnic scholarships, and degree specific scholarships. GBHEM also offers student loan options. More information and application materials can be found online at gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships.

Scholarship applications are accepted annually between January 1 and March 1; loan deadlines vary.

Notes

Test Scores

  • Academic and departmental scholarships are eligible for upgrade as long as OKCU receives the updated test scores prior to July 1.

  • Oklahoma City University Scholarships

    • If a student receives a substantial university scholarship that exceeds their academic and departmental scholarships, the special scholarship will replace all other scholarships (this includes talent, and/or athletic tuition scholarships).
    • Scholarships do not automatically stack. Pageant Scholarships (Miss OCU, Miss Oklahoma and Miss Black Oklahoma) stand alone for the semesters they are awarded and cannot be stacked with other university tuition scholarships.
    • All tuition scholarships can only be applied to the standard block price of 12-16 hours and will not cover additional hours.