Oklahoma has more than a rodeo and football going for it. Oklahoma has college students. Some of these college students, or prospective college students, are struggling to find ways to pay for college. Unfortunately, sometimes scholarships are the only way that some students will be able to afford to pay for their college educations. In the state of Oklahoma, there are certainly students who need scholarships. Student loans only pay for a limited amount of the cost, and freshmen receive less than upperclassmen. This means that to get to the point that students are eligible for more in federal student loans, which they must manage to pay for the first two years first. This can create quite a conundrum without scholarships. Very often, students will find that different states will offer scholarships that are not offered to students or residents in any other state. In the state of Oklahoma this is true like it is for anywhere else.
A student in Oklahoma who needs a scholarship to go to college can apply for the Academic Scholars Program. Students who are eligible for this scholarship must be National Merit Scholars, National Merit Finalists, or US Presidential Scholars. They can be Oklahoma state residents or out-of-state residents. Students may also qualify if they score at or above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT. Once students have been awarded the scholarship, they must maintain a 3.25 GPA while completing twelve hours of credit each semester. The amount of the award changes depending on the institution the student attends. At some schools the award is $5500 per year. At others, it is $2300.
Another scholarship that is not strictly merit based is the Oklahoma Promise – OHLAP Scholarship. This scholarship is available to students who have a family income of $50,000 per year or less. Students eligible for this scholarship must have a 2.5 GPA in high school. They must be taking at least 17 credits in high school to prepare for college. They must not get into trouble or skip school. They must also apply for financial aid.