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RaiseMe helps students in grades 9-12 earn micro-scholarships for academic and extracurricular achievements throughout high school. When students add achievements to their portfolio on RaiseMe, they become eligible to earn micro-scholarships from the University of Oklahoma. These scholarships represent the minium amount of money promised from OU. 
 

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Outside Scholarships

Search a comprehensive list of outside scholarships based on multiple categories recommended by OU admissions counselor and scholarships awarded to current OU students.

 

 

 

 

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Diversity Enrichment Programs Scholarships

Explore scholarship opportunities and programs for prospective students who would be the first in their family to go to college, Asian American, African-American, Latino/a/x, and Native American, and Foster Care students. 

 

 

 

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Freshman Scholarships

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making a world-class education attainable. In an effort to keep OU affordable, while also recognizing our outstanding students, OU did not increase tuition for the 2020-21 school year. This is the third year in a row OU has not increased tuition.

OU offers a variety of scholarships for admitted incoming freshmen. You must apply by December 15 to receive consideration. No additional application is required for OU’s merit-based awards. This list represents some of the general, university-centralized freshman scholarships for fall 2021, but is not all-inclusive. Applicants are encouraged to retake the ACT and/or SAT through April 30 and send their seventh semester transcript for scholarship update consideration. A student will be offered the highest tuition waiver based on their qualifications. Students cannot receive more than one academic award.

The University of Oklahoma uses scores from national or residual tests taken before April 30. Effective for students applying for the fall 2021 through fall 2025 semesters, OU will practice a test-optional admissions process when awarding scholarships. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships when they apply by December 15, including students who apply as test-optional. We highly encourage students to submit their test scores to ensure the highest scholarships and the fastest notification of an award. For consideration for our highly selective academic, nomination-based awards, we encourage students to submit a test score. If extenuating circumstances with regard to access to testing exist, we will evaluate on a case by case basis.

OU will also superscore ACT/SAT scores and allow students to self report scores for admission and scholarship purposes for fall 2021. These scores must be verified at the time of enrollment.

OU's Office of Admissions and Recruitment also uses a standardized weighted GPA for scholarship awarding purposes. This is referred to as the student’s scholarship GPA. Scholarship GPA provides extra weight to AP, IB, Pre-AP, honors, and concurrent or dual credit courses in a uniform manner across all applications. This standardized weighting process allows the admissions committee to account for the wide variety of weighting scales used at high schools, and for applicants from high schools that do not provide a weighted GPA, in an equitable manner during the scholarship awarding process.

Institutional scholarships, combined with other federal, state and/or institutional aid, should not exceed the published Cost of Attendance.

Resident Freshman Scholarships

This list represents some of the general, university-centralized freshman scholarships for fall 2021, but is not all-inclusive. Admitted students will be offered the highest scholarship listed in the chart below based on their qualifications. Students cannot receive more than one of these academic awards. Students may also qualify for additional need-based financial resources and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

As a test-optional school for fall 2021 through fall 2025, OU will consider applicants holistically for scholarships, but it is highly encouraged to submit a test score to ensure the highest scholarship and the fastest notification of an award. To receive the Oklahoma State Regents’ Academic Scholars Program Award or Institutional Nominee scholarship from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, a student must have a test score on file.

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications 
National Merit Finalist$68,500 National Merit Finalist
National Merit Semifinalist$16,000
($4,000 x 4 years)
Be named a National Merit Semifinalist and have a 3.5 GPA.
Students who advance to Finalist standing and name OU as their college choice by
April 30 are eligible to be upgraded to the National Merit Finalist package.
Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Program$43,150ACT/SAT scores in top one half of one percent for OK residents.
Award of Excellence$16,000
($4,000 x 4 years)
31 ACT or 1390 SAT (or greater) and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
Distinguished Scholar$12,000
($3,000 x 4 years)
29-30 ACT or 1330-1380 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
University Scholarship$10,000
($2,500 x 4 years)
28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
Academic Achievement$8,000
($2,000 x 4 years)
24-27 ACT or 1160-1290 SAT and 3.25 GPA or top 10% class rank
Test-Optional ScholarshipsSee below 

* The scholarship awards listed above are for students entering OU for the fall 2021 semester. 

Scholarships for Test-Optional Applicants

Scholarships also will be offered to test-optional students based on our holistic review of the application, with the highest weight given to academic rigor and high school performance. Students may also qualify for additional need-based financial resources and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Leadership, Development & Community Involvement

To receive consideration, answer the short essay questions in your OU admission application regarding your involvement in these activities.









Valedictorian

Oklahoma residents who are ranked 1 or 2 in their class are considered for a $10,000 tuition waiver ($2,500 x 4 years). Does not stack with automatically awarded academic scholarships.

 

 







 

Oklahoma's Promise & Crimson Commitment

Oklahoma residents whose annual family income does not exceed $55,000 can enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise between eighth and 10th grade to earn a scholarship for college tuition. Visit okhighered.org/okpromise to learn more.

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

Academic Major of Interest

Depending on your selected major of interest in the OU admissions application, you may have additional scholarship opportunities. If applicable, the application will prompt you to complete a short essay. 

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Non-Resident Freshman Scholarships

This list represents some of the general, university-centralized freshman scholarships for fall 2021, but is not all-inclusive. Admitted students will be offered the highest scholarship listed in the chart below based on their qualifications. Students cannot receive more than one of these academic awards. Students may also qualify for additional need-based financial resources and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

As a test-optional school for fall 2021 through fall 2025, OU will consider applicants holistically for scholarships, but it is highly encouraged to submit a test score to ensure the highest scholarship and the fastest notification of an award. 

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
National Merit Finalist$121,500 National Merit Finalist
National Merit Semifinalist$56,000
($14,000 x 4 years)
Be named a National Merit Semifinalist and have a 3.5 GPA.
Students who advance to Finalist standing and name OU as their college choice by
April 30 are eligible to be upgraded to the National Merit Finalist package.
Award of Excellence$56,000
($14,000 x 4 years)
31 ACT or 1390 SAT (or greater) and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
Distinguished Scholar$52,000
($13,000 x 4 years)
29-30 ACT or 1330-1380 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
University Scholarship$40,000
($10,000 x 4 years)
28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
Academic Achievement$36,000
($9,000 x 4 years)
26-27 ACT or 1230-1290 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank
Honor Award$32,000
($8,000 x 4 years)
26 ACT or 1230 SAT (or greater) and 3.25-3.49 GPA 
Merit Award$28,000
($7,000 x 4 years)
24-25 ACT or  1160-1220 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank
Test-Optional ScholarshipsSee below 

* The scholarship awards listed above are for students entering OU for the fall 2021 semester. 

Scholarships for Test-Optional Applicants

Scholarships also will be offered to test-optional students based on our holistic review of the application, with the highest weight given to academic rigor and high school performance. Students may also qualify for additional need-based financial resources and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Leadership, Development & Community Involvement

To receive consideration, answer the short essay questions in your OU admission application regarding your involvement in these activities.

Legacy Students

OU offers a one-time, $1,000 award to all admissible non-resident freshmen whose parent, step-parent, grandparent, or step-grandparent graduated from OU. Additional awards may be available from the Alumni Office on a competitive basis.

Academic Major of Interest

Depending on your selected major of interest in the OU admissions application, you may have additional scholarship opportunities. If applicable, the application will prompt you to complete a short essay. 

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Transfer Scholarships

The University of Oklahoma offers a variety of scholarships to admitted transfer students based on criteria such as academics, leadership, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. There are two main categories of scholarships for transfer students: academic and competitive scholarships. Please note that for the purposes of these scholarships, you are only considered a transfer student if you have completed 24 college credit hours post high school graduation.

The list below represents centralized scholarship programs for the Norman campus and is not intended to be all-inclusive. You must apply by March 1 for Fall/Summer or November 1 for Spring to be considered for transfer scholarships. Apply for admission and scholarships at apply.ou.edu. Students may also qualify for additional need-based financial resources and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Resident Transfer Scholarships

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
Transfer Academic
Excellence Scholarship
$6,000
($3,000 x 2 years)

3.75+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic
Distinction Scholarship
$4,000
($2,000 x 2 years)
3.5+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic
Achievement Scholarship
$2,000
($1,000 x 2 years)
3.25+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Leadership Award$1,000Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Phi Theta Kappa$1,000Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Transfer students who participated in Phi Theta Kappa at their transferring institution are eligible.

* The scholarship awards listed above are for students entering OU for the fall 2021 semester. 

Non-Resident Transfer Scholarships

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
Transfer Academic
Excellence Scholarship
$18,000
($9,000 x 2 years)
3.75+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic
Distinction Scholarship
$14,000
($7,000 x 2 years)
3.5+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic
Achievement Scholarship
$10,000
($5,000 x 2 years)
3.25+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Leadership Award$2,000Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Phi Theta Kappa$2,500Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Transfer students who participated in Phi Theta Kappa at their transferring institution are eligible.

* The scholarship awards listed above are for students entering OU for the fall 2021 semester. 

International Scholarships

The University of Oklahoma offers scholarships to international students based on your completed application for admission to the university and qualified SAT or ACT exam scores. Admissible, non-US citizens attending secondary school in a country other than the United States are eligible for the scholarships listed below.

You must apply for admission by December 15 to be considered for these scholarship opportunities. Applicants may retake the SAT and/or ACT exam and send updated, official exam results to the Office of International Admissions & Recruitment through April 30, 2021. A student’s highest overall score from a single exam date will be used for scholarship consideration.

Freshman International Scholarships

Admitted students will be offered the highest scholarship listed in the chart below based on their qualifications. Students cannot receive more than one of these academic awards. 

ScholarshipAward Amount                Qualifications    
Award of Excellence$56,000
($14,000 x 4 years)
31 ACT or 1390 SAT (or greater)
Distinguished Scholar$52,000
($13,000 x 4 years)
29-30 ACT or 1330-1380 SAT
University Scholarship$40,000
($10,000 x 4 years)
28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT
Academic Achievement Award$36,000
($9,000 x 4 years)
26-27 ACT or 1230-1290 SAT
Non-Resident Merit Award$28,000
($7,000 x 4 years)
24-25 ACT or 1160-1220 SAT
Test-Optional ScholarshipsSee below 
Scholarships for Test-Optional Applicants

Scholarships also will be offered to test-optional students based on our holistic review of the application, with the highest weight given to academic rigor and high school performance. 

Transfer International Scholarships

The University of Oklahoma offers a variety of scholarships to admitted transfer students based on criteria such as academics, leadership, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. There are two main categories of scholarships for transfer students: academic and competitive scholarships. Please note that for the purposes of these scholarships, you are only considered a transfer student if you have completed 24 college credit hours post high school graduation.

The list below represents centralized scholarship programs for the Norman campus and is not intended to be all-inclusive. Visit ou.edu/sfc to explore other scholarships opportunities. Scholarships awarded by individual departments have an application deadline of February 1. Apply for admission and scholarships at apply.ou.edu

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
Transfer Academic
Excellence Scholarship
$18,000
($9,000 x 2 years)
3.75+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic
Distinction Scholarship
$14,000
($7,000 x 2 years)
3.5+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic
Achievement Scholarship
$10,000
($5,000 x 2 years)
3.25+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Leadership
Award
$2,000Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Phi Theta Kappa$2,500Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Transfer students who participated in Phi Theta Kappa at their transferring institution are eligible.