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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 2
  • Spring applications open December 15 & close February 2
  • Summer applications open May 11 & close June 22

Contact

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

Undergraduate Scholarships

Startup Scholarship The CLS Startup Scholarship was established in the 1990s to help CLS students who needed additional help paying for the books required by their studies. Approximately four undergraduate students are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester. Students must be in their first semester of classes in the College of Liberal Studies to be considered, including summer sessions. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need as determined by information provided in the students’ FAFSA.

Alumni Scholarship The CLS Alumni Scholarship was established more than 20 years ago at the behest of successful CLS graduates. These alumni, wishing to see future students succeed in CLS programs, contacted the college to ask if they could extend their help. Today, approximately two undergraduate students are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester. Students must have completed 12 hours in the College of Liberal Studies to be considered. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need as determined by information provided in the students’ FAFSA.

Olga Theresa Broili Scholarship The Olga Brioli scholarship was established for single mothers to help with college expenses. This scholarship was made possible by a gift from Dr. Gene Walker, in honor of his mother. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need as determined by information provided in the students’ FAFSA.

Osher Reentry Scholarship The Osher Reentry Scholarship was established in 2005 at OU to benefit students who have experienced an interruption in their education and who want to resume their studies at the undergraduate level. The scholarship is provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco.

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;
  • 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.

FBINAA Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship CLS offers two (one in each fall and spring semester) FBINAA Achievement Scholarships annually in the amount of $750 each for students in the CLS undergraduate program. These scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of CLS alumni. Students may receive this scholarship only once.

Graduate Scholarships

Startup Scholarship The CLS Startup Scholarship was established in the 1990s to help CLS students who needed additional help paying for the books required by their studies. Approximately two graduate students are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester. Students must be in their first semester of classes in the College of Liberal Studies to be considered, including summer sessions. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need as determined by information provided in the students’ FAFSA.

Alumni Scholarship The CLS Alumni Scholarship was established more than 20 years ago at the behest of successful CLS graduates. These alumni, wishing to see future students succeed in CLS programs, contacted the college to ask if they could extend their help. Today, approximately one graduate student is chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester. Students must have completed 12 hours in the College of Liberal Studies to be considered. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need as determined by information provided in the students’ FAFSA.

Olga Theresa Broili Scholarship The Olga Brioli scholarship was established for single mothers to help with college expenses. This scholarship was made possible by a gift from Dr. Gene Walker, in honor of his mother. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need as determined by information provided in the students’ FAFSA.

FBINAA Graduate Achievement Scholarship CLS offers two (one in each fall and spring semester) FBINAA Achievement Scholarships annually in the amount of $825 each for students in the CLS graduate program. The award is designed to acknowledge the academic achievement of CLS students in their degree programs. These scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of CLS alumni. Students may receive this scholarship only once.