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Clara Luper Scholarship Program

Clara Luper

Application Deadline: February 1, annually

Oklahoma City University’s Clara Luper Scholarship honors the legacy of the Oklahoma City civil rights leader (1923-2011) by providing a private college education to deserving students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who demonstrate financial need.  In addition to maintaining high academic performance, community service activities are an integral part of this highly competitive scholarship program. 

The Clara Luper 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.

Clara Luper served as a schoolteacher in Oklahoma City, as well as mentor to members of the NAACP Youth Council during its campaign to end the segregation in Oklahoma City.  Her efforts contributed to the desegregation of Oklahoma City as we know it today.  OCU honors Luper’s legacy in its local history and mission, small classes, individual attention from caring faculty and staff, and emphasis on community service.  While the standards of the program remain highly demanding, Luper scholars mature in leadership roles both on and off campus and graduate with impressive resumes reflecting their academic excellence and active service in their community.  OCU is uniquely positioned to serve a need-based population that greatly benefits from these unique assets provided in a private, Methodist, faith-based setting.

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