Freshmen  
2015-2016 Freshmen Scholarships

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At Oklahoma City University, your application for admission is also your application for scholarships. When completing your application for admission, indicate the types of scholarships for which you would like to be considered.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission and scholarships early while scholarships are most abundant. In most cases, scholarships are stackable, but may not exceed the cost of tuition. Please see each scholarship for individual consideration deadlines.

NOTE: The February 2015 ACT and January 2015 SAT exam is the last exam which will be considered for academic and departmental scholarship upgrades. The seventh semester high school transcript is the last transcript where academic and departmental scholarship upgrades are guaranteed.
(exceptions would be strongly considered for students in talent programs (academic and athletic) having performance-based state competitions or auditions post-March 3).

If a student receives a substantial special university scholarship (50% tuition covered or more, e.g. Pageant Scholarships) during their time at OCU, this replaces their academic and departmental awards for the semester(s) awarded. Additional semester use of academic and departmental awards are not added to make up for semesters the awards were replaced for a substantial special university scholarship.



Freshmen University Academic Merit Scholarships (Priority deadline of March 1, 2015. See description for details)

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 2015 freshmen students must submit their application and all required documents* by the priority deadline of March 1, 2015. 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.

Test Score Scholarship GPA
3.0-3.29
GPA
3.30-3.59
GPA
3.60-4.0
ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1020-1080 
Opportunity Award $1,700.00
(per year)
$2,200.00
(per year)
$2,700.00
(per year)
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1090-1160
Achievement Award $2,200.00
(per year)
$2,700.00
(per year)
$3,200.00
(per year)
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1170-1280
University Award $3,300.00
(per year)
$3,800.00
(per year)
$4,300.00
(per year)
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1290-1430
Presidential Award $5,400.00
(per year)
$5,900.00
(per year)
$6,400.00
(per year)
 ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1440-1600
 Provost Award $7,000.00
(per year)
$7,500.00
(per year) 
$8,000.00
(per year) 
*Required documents include application, application fee, application essay, official high school transcript, official test scores, and high school counselor's recommendation form.

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Freshmen Departmental Awards*
 
In addition, students who are admitted to and enrolled in the Petree College of Arts and Science (excluding Art and Moving Image Arts), Meinders School of Business, or the Kramer School of Nursing will be awarded a departmental scholarship in conjunction with the academic merit 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 Merit Based Scholarships. See Merit Based Scholarships for more details.

Test Score Scholarship GPA
3.0-3.29
GPA
3.30-3.59
GPA
3.60-4.0
ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1020-1080
Departmental Award $3,000.00
(per year)
$3,500.00
(per year)
$4,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1090-1160
Departmental Award $4,000.00
(per year)
$4,500.00
(per year)
$5,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1170-1280
Departmental Award $6,000.00
(per year)
$6,500.00
(per year)
$7,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1290-1430
Departmental Award $9,000.00
(per year)
$9,500.00
(per year)
$10,000.00
(per year)
ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1440-1600
Departmental Award  $10,000.00
(per year)
$10,500.00
(per year) 
$11,000.00
(per year) 

*Students who are admitted to the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, the School of Theatre, the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, or Petree College of Arts and Sciences Art or Moving Image Arts programs are eligible to audition for talent scholarships and are not eligible to receive these Departmental Awards.

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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. Abigail Keegan, the coordinator, offers advice to students on scholarship and intern preparation and assists students throughout the application processes.

Complete information »
 
 
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 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, and plans to pursue a major within the Oklahoma City University College of Arts and Sciences 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 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.

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The Mary Ellen & George R. Randall Endowed Great Plan Scholarship
George R. Randall endowed The Great Plan Scholarship as a competitive four-year scholarship covering tuition, basic room, board and fees that is awarded to a graduating high school senior who intends to study pre-medicine or science at Oklahoma City University.
 
The Great Plan Scholarship selection committee will assess multiple criteria, including but not limited to ACT/SAT scores, grade point average, letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, and community involvement. Interviews will be scheduled with selected applicants during the month of March, with notifications by March 31st, annually.

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Clara Luper and American Indian Scholarship Programs
Applications for the Clara Luper and American Indian Scholarship Programs will be available on October 1, 2014.
 
 
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. Activities include:
  • Seminars and workshops focusing on Native American business issues
  • Academic internships and mentorships
  • Networking opportunities with local business leaders
  • Community-service activities
Requirements:
  • Student must be a Chickasaw citizen
  • Student must meet the OCU admission requirements as a first-time freshman including a 22 ACT or 1020 SAT (excluding the writing portion) and an unweighted 3.0 GPA
  • Student must major in business or software engineering
For more information, please contact Winter Bass, Education Specialist at the Chickasaw Nation, division of Education at (580) 421-7711 or winter.bass@chickasaw.net or Lynette Martin, Director of Student Success at Meinders School of Business at (405) 208-4913 or lmartin@okcu.edu.
 
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Oikos Scholars
All Oikos 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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Oxford Plan
The Oxford Plan is an interdisciplinary program in political science, philosophy and economics that prepares students for law school. By following a rigorous academic program and meeting specific criteria for admission, students can receive early and/or preferred admission to the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Oxford Plan students can be eligible to save a year of tuition costs by completing their Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in just six years.
 
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National Merit Scholar
Oklahoma City University is committed to the recruitment and retention of National Merit Scholars. OCU offers a full-tuition scholarship to our National Merit Scholars. To be eligible for this scholarship students must have been admitted to OCU prior to December 1, 2014 and claim OCU as their first choice by May 1, 2015.
 
Scholarship is renewable for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average. 
 
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National Achievement Scholar
Oklahoma City University is committed to the recruitment of National Achievement Scholars. OCU offers a full-tuition scholarship to our National Achievement Scholars. To be eligible for this scholarship students must have been admitted to OCU prior to December 1, 2014 and claim the National Merit Award by June 2, 2014.
 
Scholarship is renewable for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average. 
 
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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 Performance and Dance Management Scholarships
  • Based on audition
  • May be combined with academic scholarship, not to exceed the cost of tuition
Music Scholarships
  • Based on audition
  • May be combined with academic scholarship, not to exceed the cost of tuition
Art Scholarships (studio, graphic, or photography)
  • Based on portfolio assessment
  • Departmentally based
  • Renewable at discretion of the art faculty
  • May be combined with academic scholarship, not to exceed the cost of tuition

Moving Image Arts Scholarships (film production and film studies)

  • Departmentally based
  • Renewable at discretion of the art faculty
  • May be combined with academic scholarship, not to exceed the cost of tuition
Theatre Scholarships
  • Based on audition
  • May be combined with academic scholarship, not to exceed the cost of tuition

*Talent Scholarships may be combined with academic scholarships; however, talent scholarships are not stackable with Departmental Awards.
 

 
OCULeads: the President's Leadership Class Scholarship
(Deadline: February 1, 2015; Preference to those received by December 1, 2014)
 
The OCULeads Scholarship is available to undergraduate students showing strong leadership skills.
 
Students must submit an essay describing a past leadership project, have a minimum of a 3.25 GPA and a 24 ACT or 1110 SAT.
 
Application deadline is February 1, 2015; preference will be given to individuals who apply before December 1, 2014. OCULeads requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA for renewal.
 
Note: Due to scheduling considerations and arts management focus, prospective dance majors should apply to Dance & Entertainment LEADS in place of OCULeads. See information below.
 
 
 
 
Dance and Entertainment Leadership Scholarship
(Deadline: February 1, 2015; Preference to those received by December 1, 2014)
 
Dance and Entertainment LEADS is a scholarship program to recognize outstanding Dance and Arts Management Majors. Students selected for this program receive a scholarship for their freshman year, participate in personalized arts management leadership workshops, and are assigned leadership roles in dance and arts management productions.
 
Applicants must be high school seniors and have at least a 24 ACT and 3.25 or higher GPA. 
 
Applicants received by December 1, 2014 will have preference. The final deadline for applicants is February 1, 2015.
 
 

 
Methodist Scholarships
Bishop Scholar Award

The Bishop's 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 OCU 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 & 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.
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.
 
Minister Spouse or Dependent Scholarship Opportunity
Prospective students who are a spouse or 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. After the student's federal and/or state grants have been applied, the tuition remission will cover the remaining undergraduate tuition (fees and books are not included). For additional information, please contact Rita Himes in University/Church Relations at rhimes@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5060 or Tasha Loveless in the Office of Admissions at tasha.loveless@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5063.
 
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarship Programs – All awards are made for the fall term each year. Renewal of awards are not automatic. Application must be made each year. Students may receive only one scholarship award per year from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. Apply online at umhef.org for further information.
 
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 $1000. Apply online at umhef.org. Online applications are accepted from January 1 through April 1 each year.
 
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.