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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, 10th, or 11th grade.
  • The parents' federal adjusted gross income must not exceed:
    • $60,000 with 1 or 2 dependent children OR
    • $70,000 with 3 or 4 dependent children OR
    • $80,000 with 5 or more dependent children

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Crimson Commitment guarantees scholarships and grants to cover tuition and up to $8,300 in 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 2023-24 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 Admissions and Recruitment administers our National Award Scholarship. We consider applicants who are in the College Board Recognition Programs including AP Scholars. Student must have 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:

  • Astec Charter School (OKC)
  • Berryhill High School 33 (Tulsa)
  • Capitol Hill High School (OKC)
  • Central High School (Tulsa)
  • Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School (OKC)
  • Crooked Oak High School (OKC)
  • Daniel Webster High School (Tulsa)
  • Douglass High School (OKC)
  • Dove Science Academy (Tulsa)
  • Dove Science Academy (OKC)
  • East Central Senior High School (Tulsa)
  • Emerson North High School (OKC)
  • Emerson South High School (OKC)
  • John Marshall High School (OKC)
  • Jones Academy (Hartshorne)
  • McLain High School of Science and Technology (Tulsa)
  • Memorial Senior High School (Tulsa)
  • Millwood High School (OKC)
  • Nathan Hale High School (Tulsa)
  • Northwest Classen High School (OKC)
  • Riverside Indian School (Anadarko)
  • Santa Fe South Pathways Middle College High School (OKC)
  • Sequoyah Tahlequah (Tahlequah)
  • Sovereign Community High School (OKC)
  • Star Spencer High School (OKC)
  • U. S. Grant High School (OKC)
  • Western Heights High School (OKC)
  • Will Rogers College 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.

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 among many other options:

  • $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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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 40 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 $1,250 stipend for the academic year.