Abbott and Fenner Annual Scholarship –The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post- secondary institution. Find out more information at http://www.abbottfenner.com/scholarships.htm.
Academic All-State by Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence– A 30 Composite on the ACT. See website at www.ofe.org.
The American Legion, National High School Oratorical Contest
– (Open to 9-12 grade students). You may obtain rules from your local Legion Post or go to http://www.legion.org/oratorical
AMVETS National Scholarship Program
– Eligibility requirements: 1) must be entering at the college freshmen level in the upcoming fall semester. 2) Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. 3) Must be the child or grandchild of a US Veteran. 4) Must be a US citizen. 5) Must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. Scholarship applications may be obtained by visiting www.amvets.org/am-vets-in-actions/scholarships/
Best Buy Dollars for Scholars– Open to seniors living within 100 miles of a Best Buy Store. Senior must have made extraordinary volunteer contributions to their community. Applications can be downloaded from the web site: http://www.bestbuy.com/scholarships.
Burger King Scholarship– Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The senior must work an average of 10 hours per week. The senior must participate in community service and/or co-curricular activities. The senior must demonstrate financial need and must be able to obtain written recommendations. http://bkmclamorefoundation.org/
Coca-Cola Scholars Program– Awards 50 four-year $20,000 scholarships and 200 four-year $10,000 scholarships to seniors based upon academic achievement, their capacity to lead, and their hours of dedicated community service. Apply online at: www.coca-colascholars.org.
College Scholarships and Grants for Veterans – Many college scholarships and grants available for veterans. Get more information online at http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/articles/the-gi-bill-and-beyond_13730.aspx#.VrpNpBgrK1s.
Discover Card Tribute Award– Must be an 11th grader with a 2.75 GPA or higher for the 9th – 10th grade and demonstrate leadership, are actively contributing to their communities and have e4xperienced and overcome a significant obstacle in their lives. Download the application at: http://www.discover.com/student-loans/scholarships/award.html.
Elk’s scholarship-There are two scholarship opportunities available for students. The student does not have to be from an Elk family to apply for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship. All students can apply. The second scholarship is for a student whose family member is an Elk. The family member could be father, mother, or grandparent. For further information go to http://www.enf.elks.org/scholarships or come by the counselor’s office.
First Family Federal Credit Union- Scholarship application is available on the First Family website www.firstfamilyfcu.com.
The Frances Koop Parsons/AT&T Pioneers Memorial Scholarship– Assists Oklahoma students in obtaining their education goals. Family income may not exceed $50,000. Available at: www.okhighered.org.
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Great Plains Association of College Admissions Counseling Scholarship– The application is found on the website www.gpacac.net. You must also attach a personal essay. Must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA and an ACT score between 22 and 28.
Green Home Improvement Scholarship – HomeAdvisor is challenging students to break new ground in green home improvement by offering a scholarship every year to one student. High school seniors accepted to a college or trade school or any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school in the United States are qualified to apply by submitting a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay. Go to: www.homeadvisor.com/r/scholarships/#.vsOU4ts6270.
Hagan Scholarship--$40,000 over four years. Requirments--1. resident of an eligible state 2. attended as a junior and senior an eligible high school 3. must be a student in the current high school graduating class 4. must heave achieved a 3.5 CGPA or higher 5. must score 23 or higher on the ACT 6. Must enroll in college the fall semester following high school 7. Must work 240 hours in the 12 months prior to the start of the academic year of college. 8. Must complete the FAFSA in the current school year and EFC must be less than &7,500. 9. Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants. 10. Must not have been convicted of a felonly. www.hsfmo.org.
Higher Education Academic Program Scholastic Award, The Dream Institute– The Dream Institute is dedicated to enriching and increasing the success of higher educational experience of students with disabilities through a threefold approach: academic, professional mentorship, academic assistance and scholastic awards. Catch the DREAM at: www.dreaminstitute.org
Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program– National Scholarships – One Hundred Five $20,000 scholarships will be awarded, based upon financial need, involvement in extra-curricular and community activities and academic achievement. Family adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less is preferred and GPA of 2.0 or higher is required. Apply online at: http://scholars.horatioalger.org/
JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship– Application package is available at http://www.jaycesfoundationofok.org/applications.htm or http://www.usjcisenate.org.
KFC Scholars–$20,000 scholarship. To apply, go to: http://www.kfc.com/about/kfc-foundation.
McAlester Scottish Rite Charitable and Educational Foundation– Seniors must enroll in and carry at least 14 credit hours each semester their freshmen year of college. Applications available in March.
National Black Nurses Association, Inc. Scholarship Program – Scholarships ranging from $1,000 – $6,000 for NBNA members currently enrolled in a nursing program. Find more information at http://www.nbna.org/content.asp?contentid=82
National Hispanic Health Foundation Scholarship – The National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program is the only national scholarship program targeted at Hispanic students who are committed to careers in health care and enrolled full-time in dental, medical, nursing, public health, and policy schools. Find out more information at http://www.nhmafoundation.org/index.php/scholarship-program
National Merit Scholarship Program– After the 11th graders take the PSAT exam in October, then approximately 50,000 students across the nation who have the highest selection index scores are encouraged to continue to next phase of the selection. To learn more: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing.
Native American Scholarships - Muscogee Creek Nation: www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov Cherokee Nation: www.cherokee.org, Choctaw Nation: www.choctawnation.com.
NCAA Clearinghouse– Any senior interested in participating in College Division 1 or 11 needs to register at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. You may have ACT scores sent to the Clearinghouse by using the code 9999 under sending scores when you register.
Nursing majors- High School seniors who plan to persue college education in nursing, including LPN/LVN ADN, and BSN programs should apply for an Aspiring Nurse Scholarship at www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com You will also find the following link http://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/categories/oklahoma a helpful starting point for your college search.
Oklahoma Heritage County Scholarships– Students must take an exam to compete for scholarship money. Open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. The preliminary scholarship exam will be objective and deal with the history and geography of Oklahoma. The final exam will be essay and deification Go to: www.oklahomaheritage.com under the scholarship tab.
OSIG Oklahoma Schools Insurance Group– Award twelve scholarships to twelve graduating seniors who attend OSIG member schools. The three finalists from each state quadrant will be vying for a $2,000, $1,500 or $1,000 scholarship . Scholarship is due to counselor by Feburary 15th. (Will be available in counselor’s office)
Parentinn’s Scholarship- Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship for High School Students. Requirements: Applicant must be in high school and they must write an essay 600-1000 words on the topic “Why is it important to stop cyberbullying”. The scholarship webpage can be accessed at http://www.parentinn.com/scholarship
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards– Recognizes middle and high school students who have demonstrated exemplary community service. State Honorees (1 middle school, 1 high school) win an award of 1,000, a trip to Washington, DC and a chance to complete for national honors. National Honorees (5 middle school, 5 high school) win $5000 and a grant of $5000 for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice. To apply: www.prudential.com/spirit.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program– Must have a minimum ACT composite of 32 and be a legal resident of Oklahoma. http://www.ed.gov/programs/iduesbyrd/index.html or www.sde.state.ok.us.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
– The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Ten four-year $40,000 is awarded each year. Application is online at: www.ronbrown.org
– Attention all 17 and 18 year old male students. If you are not registered with Selective Service, you must do so within 30 days of turning 18. It is the law. www.sss.gov
Twin Scholarship NEO, Miami, OK
– Must be twins planning to attend NEO at Miami, OK. For more information, visit: www.neo.edu
United States Senate Youth Program– 11th or 12th grade students must take an exam-prepared each year by the professor political science – on designated Saturday at a nearby college. Ten students with the highest scores will be interviewed by a panel of judges in Oklahoma City. These judges will select the 2 students to represent the state. Go to www.ussenateyouth.org.
Wal-Mart Scholarship– Applications will be available online from November to January. Apply online at www.applyists.net.
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS PLANNING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
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*Please note that the deadlines may have passed on some of the Scholarships and Grants; however, those that have expired will be available again during the same period next year.
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG)
The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG) is a need-based grant program for Oklahoma residents who attend eligible colleges, universities and career technology centers in Oklahoma. Awards are approved for full-time or part-time undergraduate students.
Application is made through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available through high school counselors, the financial aid office at the college you are planning to attend, or at http://www.fafsa.gov/. For best consideration, you should complete and submit the FAFSA to the federal student aid application system as soon as possible after Jan. 1. IT IS IMPORTANT TO APPLY EARLY. Typically, OTAG receives more eligible applications than can be awarded with available funds, and how early a student applies can be the deciding factor in whether that student is offered an OTAG award. For undocumented immigrant students, a special application is available. See “Undocumented Immigrant Eligibility” below.
Financial need is measured by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined based on the information the student provides on their FAFSA. The maximum EFC eligible to receive OTAG may vary from year to year based on volume of eligible applications received and available state funding. State funding is usually finalized around the end of May each year. The EFC appears on the Student Aid Report sent to students by the U.S. Department of Education once the FAFSA has been processed. An award will not be denied for academic reasons as long as the school's minimum requirements for admission are fulfilled and satisfactory academic progress is made according to the school's policy for student financial aid recipients.
Undocumented Immigrant Eligibility
Undocumented immigrants meeting certain requirements may be considered for OTAG awards. In general, qualified applicants enrolling in postsecondary education for the first time in 2007-08 and thereafter must:
- Have graduated from a public or private high school in Oklahoma.
- Have resided in Oklahoma with a parent or guardian while attending a public or private high school in Oklahoma for at least two years prior to graduation.
- Satisfy admission standards, as determined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and be admitted and enrolled in an institution within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.
- Either hold a valid temporary visa or have provided to the institution a copy of a true and correct application or petition filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to legalize the student's immigration status.
Undocumented immigrants who have previously received OTAG awards and/or who were enrolled in post secondary education in 2006-07 or earlier are eligible under the criteria that was in effect in 2006-07. These students should call (405) 225-9456 or toll free (800) 858-1840 for more information regarding their qualifications.
Qualified undocumented immigrant students should complete the Application for Undocumented Immigrants, following the directions included on the form regarding completion, and mail directly to the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program.
Currently, the maximum annual award is the lesser of 75 percent of enrollment costs or $1,000 for students attending public colleges, universities or career technology centers, and $1,300 for students attending eligible private colleges or universities. One-half of the award is disbursed in the fall semester, and one-half is disbursed in the spring semester. Funds are released to eligible students by campus officials after eligibility has been confirmed.
OTAG awards may be paid in part or in whole with funds provided by the State of Oklahoma, the Federal Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) program, or the Federal Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) program.
For Further Information
See FAQs About Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) or contact:
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program
P. O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850
Toll-free: (800) 858-1840
In Oklahoma City: (405) 225-9456
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Oklahoman's want to see deserving students succeed – students who study and work hard, but whose families find it difficult to afford college. If your child dreams of going to college and works to achieve it, then we can help make it a reality!
To make that happen, the Oklahoma Legislature has set up a unique program for eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students (home school students must be age 13, 14 or 15) that will help pay for their college education if their family's income is $50,000 or less at the time the student applies for the program.* This program is Oklahoma's Promise.
But college isn't easy. So to make sure students get ready for college while they're still in high school, the program requires students to take certain high school courses. They will have to pass those courses and keep up their grades. And besides staying on top of the books, students will also have to show that they're in control outside the classroom. That means staying away from trouble like gangs, drugs and alcohol. In short, the student promises to prepare academically for college and stay out of trouble, and in return, the state of Oklahoma promises to help pay the student’s college tuition.
If you don't qualify for this program, there are still other ways to pay for college, including scholarships, grants and student loans. For more information on other financial aid, see your counselor for more details, visit the financial aid section on the Student Center, or call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's student information hotline at 800.858.1840.
*In addition, the income of the student's parents (or the student if the student is financially independent of their parents) may not exceed $100,000 at the time the student begins college and prior to receiving the scholarship. This provision becomes effective for students receiving the award in college for the first time in 2012-13 and thereafter.
TRIBAL HIGHER EDUCATION SITES
Muscogee Creek Nation
Muscogee Creek Nation Higher Education Scholarship Program
Muscogee Creek Nation Tribal Funds Grant
Muscogee Creek Nation Tribal Incentive Grant
Choctaw students make sure you sign up for the SAP, you will have access to the Choctaw web page and detailed information on scholarships...you must have your tribal enrollment number to register. Choctaw Nation offers many opportunities for high school students through their Scholarship Advisement Program.
The Cherokee Nation also has revamped their Higher Ed. web page, click on the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Link on the scholarship page. Cherokee Nation Higher Education - Cherokee Nation Scholarship Application Tips, Guidelines and Advisor Assignment and Contact Information.
The Chickasaw Nation grants and scholarships for higher education are available to full-time and part-time "undergraduate", "graduate" or "doctoral" college students. Students must be Chickasaw and possess their Chickasaw Nation citizenship card. The grants and scholarships are intended to assist students by providing funding for tuition, fees, and books for those students pursuing a degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The field of study is not limited to any particular discipline. The primary objective of these grants and scholarships is to provide financial assistance in a manner that will increase the number of Chickasaw citizens attending college. Students applying for funding may attend any accredited college in the United States. Comprehensive universities, regional universities, two-year colleges, private institutions and online universities within Oklahoma or outside of the state are acceptable as long as they are accredited. Award notification is given once all paperwork has been completed and turned in before deadline. Deadlines are stated on the applications. Please read all guidelines for every grant and scholarship and only apply for the grants and scholarships that you are eligible for.
Mainstream College Scholarships
American Indian College Fund
Partnerships with corporate and private donors have introduced a category of special scholarships that are being offered to American Indian students attending mainstream universities and tribal colleges for American Indian students pursuing undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. These scholarships are administered by the Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need.
The American Indian Education Foundation have released their "Tools for Success" Guidebook. It is available Free of Charge on their website, it is in PDF format and accessible for saving to your computer.
Gates Millennium Scholarship
The Quest Bridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges. http://www.questbridge.org/students/program.html
Inter Tribal Timber Council Scholarship
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarship Programs -AISES scholarships are intended to partially defray tuition and other educational expenses, thereby increasing access to higher education and improving college retention rates for our members.
SCHOLARSHIP GUIDES AND RESOURCES
An increasing number of high school students and their families are looking to online college fairs as a way to gain information about higher education opportunities. With the cost of travel too steep for many students, online college fairs can help them learn about schools before they narrow their focus to those to which they will actually apply. They can also communicate with college admission and other relevant staff. Students may also feel more comfortable talking about their questions, grades, and SAT score from home or other comfortable settings, especially in the early stage of the college search process.
To learn more, visit www.collegeweeklive.com and www.greencollegetour.com
FAFSA Student Guide