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The idea of funding a college education can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! While it’s rare you’ll receive a “full ride” from a specific institution, it’s not uncommon for students to come in with their college education already fully paid for through scholarships from different places. Each year, an estimated $46 billion is awarded in scholarship and grant money, all coming from different sources. Scholarship money can come from a college or institution of higher education, community organizations, local/state/national entities, national organizations, sports teams, alumni societies, and more, one must simply research, plan, and execute.

Oklahoma's Promise offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a scholarship for college tuition. 

Requirements for Oklahoma's Promise include:

  • Must be an Oklahoma resident.
  • Must enroll in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade.
  • The parents' federal adjusted gross income must not exceed $55K per year.

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Crimson Commitment guarantees scholarships and grants to cover tuition and average fees for an OU student who qualifies and receives Oklahoma's Promise. Tuition and fees will vary based on major. 

To qualify for Crimson Commitment for the 2020-21 school year as an incoming freshman, you must:

  • Qualify fully for Oklahoma's Promise
  • Apply to OU by the February 1 deadline 
  • Be admitted to OU as a direct from high school, first-time, full-time freshman 
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 of your high school senior year
  • Enroll as a full-time student each semester

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The Office of Diversity Enrichment Programs administers our National Award Scholarship. We consider applicants who are National Hispanic Scholars, National Achievement, National Commended and National AP Scholars with a 29 or higher ACT (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.5 GPA. This is a competitive scholarship. We have 40 awards to give each year (15 resident and 25 non resident). Students are automatically considered for this scholarship with their freshman application. The scholarship is not based on financial need. We review a number of areas including the amount of involvement students have had in school and their community, class rank, academic rigor (Concurrent Enrollment, AP classes, etc.) and ACT/SAT scores.

The Community Enrichment Scholars program recognizes students who are involved in cultural, heritage activities supporting the values of diverse communities.

Award amounts are stackable:

  • Resident Tuition Waiver for $2,500/4 years = $10,000
  • Non Resident Tuition Waiver for $3,500/4 years= $14,000

The Sooner Traditions Scholars scholarship was established to increase the enrollment of students from the urban schools in Oklahoma City and Tulsa area that have less than an average of six new freshmen enrolling to the University of Oklahoma each year. The schools included are:

  • Capitol Hill High School (OKC)
  • Centennial High School (OKC)
  • Central High School (OKC)
  • Crooked Oak High School (OKC)
  • Douglass High School (OKC) 
  • East Central High School (Tulsa)
  • John Marshall High School (OKC)
  • McLain High School of Science & Technology (Tulsa) 
  • Memorial High School (Edmond)
  • Millwood High School (OKC)
  • Nathan Hale High School (Tulsa)
  • Northeast Academy (OKC)
  • Northwest Classen (OKC)
  • Santa Fe South High School (OKC)
  • Southeast High School (OKC)
  • Star Spencer High School (OKC) 
  • U.S. Grant High School (OKC) 
  • Webster High School (OKC)
  • Will Rogers High School (Tulsa)

Selection Criteria:

  • Students must be admitted to OU and graduate from the listed high schools.
  • The students must also have a minimum 3.00 GPA OR top 25% of high school graduating class AND minimum 19 ACT, 21 ACT preferred.

Award amount:

  • $2,000 Stackable resident tuition waiver/4 years = $8,000

OU partners with RaiseMe to award micro-scholarships based on your high school achievements. As you add good grades, activities, and more to your RaiseMe portfolio, you can instantly earn up to $6,000 to use towards OU tuition. These micro-scholarships accumulate during your time in high school, so the sooner you sign up, the more you can earn! 

Here's what you could earn:

  • $25 for every A you receive in a course
  • $100 for taking an AP college level course
  • $150 for each leadership role in an activity 
  • $200 for taking the SAT or ACT

These micro-scholarships represent the minimum scholarship amount promised from OU. 

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OU and the Oklahoma City Thunder are partnering to award five $1,000 scholarships and two Thunder tickets per winner to a predetermined game to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Oklahoma resident
  • Graduating high school senior
  • Attending OU as a first-time freshman in the fall of 2020 as a full-time student
  • Must be able to attend the Oklahoma City Thunder home game on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 for group presentation.

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CASH is where current OU students can apply for all merit and financial need-based OU scholarships from October 1 to February 1 each year. 

College-wide scholarships, departmental scholarships, financial aid scholarships, study abroad scholarships, Sooner Parents scholarships, and campus awards are all housed in CASH. Undergraduate, graduate, liberal studies, international, and study abroad populations are encouraged to access the system to apply for scholarships.

To apply for scholarships through CASH, visit the Scholarships homepage

Diversity Enrichment Programs genuinely believes that every student has a story and those stories are important in exposing others to higher education. Therefore, every year our office awards up to 35 current OU students the opportunity to serve as a Diversity Enrichment Programs Recruitment Intern, helping aid high school students through the college application and admissions process by sharing those stories and showing that higher education is possible regardless of your background. Interns receive a $1,500 tuition waiver for the academic year.