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CLS Scholarships & Awards

College of Liberal Studies students have many opportunities to apply for and receive scholarships.  CLS students are also eligible for university wide scholarships. Through the Campaign for Scholarship, which was launched in 2005, OU works to ensure that no qualified, hard-working student is ever turned away due to financial need.  With over $200 million raised in gifts and pledges, OU has doubled the number of private scholarships available for students. 

A variety of scholarships are available for current students based on:

  • Financial Need-Base
  • Academics
  • Emergency Assistance

Scholarship Application Schedule

  • Fall applications open July 28 & close September 7*
  • Spring applications open December 15 & close February 2
  • Summer applications open May 15 & close June 1
*NOTE: Check individual scholarships for varying deadline dates.

Contact

Missy Mitchell
mjmitchell[at]ou.edu
(405) 325-1061
(800) 522-4389

Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships

Startup Scholarship

Who it’s for: Undergraduate and graduate students in their first semester at CLS

When to apply: July 28 to September 7 (Fall); December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: The CLS Startup Scholarship was established in the 1990s to help CLS students who needed additional help paying for textbooks. The awards – $750 each – are made based on merit and consideration of financial need and can only be received once per student.

Each award is a tuition waiver that will be applied to your Bursar account. Four undergraduate students and two graduate students are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester.

Scholarship applications will reopen December 15

Alumni Scholarship

Who it’s for: Undergraduate and graduate students who have completed 12 hours or more at CLS

When to apply: July 28 to September 7 (Fall); December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: CLS alumni established the CLS Alumni Scholarship more than 20 years ago. These alumni, wishing to see future students succeed in CLS programs, contacted the college to ask if they could extend their help. Their generosity led to the Alumni Scholarship, which awards deserving students with a $750 tuition waiver.

Today, two undergraduate students and one graduate student are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need and can only be received once per student.

Scholarship applications will reopen December 15

Olga Theresa Broili Scholarship

Who it’s for: CLS undergraduate and graduate students who are single mothers

When to apply: December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: The Olga Theresa Broili scholarship was made possible by a gift from Dr. Gene Walker in honor of his mother. This scholarship helps single mothers with college expenses in the form of a $500 tuition waiver.

Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need and can only be received once per student.

Scholarship applications will reopen December 15

OSHER Reentry Scholarship

Who it’s for: Undergraduate students returning to school after a five-year gap in their education (including the period of time between high school and college). Student must be pursuing their first degree and be taking at least 50% of their OU courses onsite.

When to apply: July 28 to September 7 (Fall); December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: The Osher Reentry Scholarship was established at OU in 2005 to help students who have experienced an interruption in their education. This scholarship awards students who have returned to finish their degree after an absence of five or more years. This scholarship is intended to benefit students who have considerable years of employability ahead of them—ideally aged 25 to 50.

Awards are made based on your financial need, academic promise and evident commitment to completing the degree. If awarded, students may apply to receive the OSHER scholarship again. Please check our website to see if you qualify.

The Osher Foundation set forth the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Must have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years. This gap can include the time period following high school graduation;
  • At least 50% of your total OU coursework must be onsite;
  • Must be an undergraduate pursuing their first baccalaureate degree;
  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation and ideally be aged 25-50 years;
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Must show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree;
  • Students are eligible to receive this scholarship more than once, up to $5000 total reward.

Scholarship applications will reopen December 15

FBINAA Achievement Scholarship

Who it’s for: CLS undergraduate and graduate students in law enforcement who went through the FBI National Academy Associates program. Applicants should be currently working in a criminal justice field, have completed a minimum number of hours in their CLS program (varies per degree level) and meet the minimum GPA requirements (3.25 for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduates).

When to apply: July 28 to September 7 (Fall); December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: The FBINAA Achievement Scholarships are designed to acknowledge the academic achievement of CLS students in the criminal justice degree programs.

Two $750 scholarships for CLS undergraduate students and two $850 scholarships for CLS graduate students are awarded each year. Students may receive this scholarship only once.

Scholarship applications will reopen December 15

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A.R. Bert Larason Public Service Scholarship

Who it’s for: Undergraduate students who meet eligibility requirements

When to apply: July 28 to September 2 (Fall)

What it’s about: The A.R. Bert Larason Public Service Scholarship awards students who are pursuing degrees that involve social work. The scholarship was established by Margaret Larason, Timothy Larason, Anne Larason Schneider, and Linda Larason Edmondson to honor their husband and father, A.R. “Bert” Larason. Bert Larason was from Fargo, Oklahoma, and graduated from OU in 1930. The award can only be received once per student.

Scholarship applications will reopen December 15