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American Indian Scholarship

Criteria

To be considered for the American Indian Scholarship:

  1. Applicants must be a full-time, first-time freshman matriculating directly from high school.
  2. Applicants must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.
  3. Applicants must have an ACT score of at least a 22 or a SAT score that is equivalent AND at least a 3.0 GPA.*
  4. Applicants must be admitted to Oklahoma City University by February 1.
  5. Applicants must complete the American Indian Scholarship Application by February 1.
  6. Applicants must submit a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1.
    • The FAFSA can be accessed starting October 1, and completed online at fafsa.ed.gov.
    • Include Oklahoma City University's federal code (003166) on the application.
    • Oklahoma residents are urged to submit the FAFSA no later than December 1 to ensure maximum eligibility determination for state grants.
  7. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need, which will be determined by the FAFSA.
  8. Applicants chosen by the Department of Education for the verification process must submit additional financial aid documents.*
  9. Preference given to Oklahoma students.

*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.

Program

This generous scholarship includes membership in the prestigious President’s Leadership Class, which is a carefully selected cohort of distinguished scholars joined together to participate in a structured academic and co-curricular living/learning experience. During this four-year program, Native students participate in creative learning activities combined with both Native and non-Native campus and community service opportunities.

This is an annual award for four academic years / eight consecutive semesters (not to exceed 128 undergraduate credit hours). In order to continue to receive the scholarship each year, scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and fully participate in the program.

After all federal and state grants have been applied, the American Indian Scholarship covers:

• The remaining tuition up to the block pricing structure of 12-16 credit hours.**
• University designated standard rooms.
• Scholars Meal Plan (standard plan excluding StarsCash).

** Federal and state grants, outside scholarships, loans, and personal payments can be used to cover the cost of university fees. Grants cannot be used to cover credit hours over the block.