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Oklahoma State Regents’ Academic Scholars Program Award

Oklahoma State Regents’ Academic Scholars Program Award

Eligibility

To qualify for the Academic Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the criteria outlined below, prior to college entry.

  • Oklahoma students can automatically qualify for the program by achieving designation as a National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist or United States Presidential Scholar or by scoring at or above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT (see How to Apply).
    • For fall 2023, the ACT required score is a total sum score of the ACT skill areas of 137.
    • For fall 2023, the SAT required score is a total sum score of the critical reading and math skill areas of 1520.
  • Public colleges and universities may also nominate students attending their institution for the program based on criteria established by each institution.

Scholars will continue to receive a scholarship each year if they:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment (12 hours in the fall and spring and six hours in the optional summer or January term) each semester.
  • Complete at least 24 semester credit hours each year or at least 30 semester credit hours if taking the option of summer funding.
  • Maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average each year.

Guidelines for scholarship transfer: 

Students receiving the scholarship as an Institutional Nominee of a two-year college are eligible for transfer to a four-year public or private Oklahoma institution after completion of an associate's degree or the accumulation of at least 48 credit hours. Institutional Nominees of a two-year college must attend the nominating institution for the first year. 

Students receiving the scholarship as an Institutional Nominee of a four-year university are eligible for transfer to another Oklahoma institution after one year of attendance at the nominating institution. 

Benefits

Academic Scholars will receive a scholarship to help cover the cost of room, board, tuition, books and incidental fees for up to 10 semesters.

The amount of the award varies according to the type of institution the student attends and qualification status. The annual scholarship amount for automatic qualifiers is $6,000 for students who attend the University of Oklahoma.

The annual scholarship amount for Institutional Nominees is $3,500 for students who attend the University of Oklahoma.

The award amounts may vary from year to year depending upon the amount of funds available. Payment is made directly to the institution on the student's behalf. Students who enroll at public colleges and universities are eligible for a tuition waiver in addition to the scholarship award noted above.

How to Apply

Oklahoma residents who automatically qualify for the program by scoring at or above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT should obtain an application from their high school counselor or click on the link below to download a copy of the application. Applications are also available by calling the State Regents student information hotline at (800) 858-1840 or 225-9239 in Oklahoma City.

Apply Now (pdf)

Students should complete the application and mail it with supporting documentation to the State Regents office. State Regents staff will then review and verify the application and supporting documentation.

Students who qualify for the program by achieving designation as a National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist or United States Presidential Scholar should contact their college or university to apply.

Students who do not automatically qualify should contact their college or university financial aid office for more information on the institution's nomination process.

Prior to each semester, the State Regents office will forward a roster of Academic Scholars to each Oklahoma college and university. Oklahoma high schools are not notified of scholarship recipients.

Completed forms should be submitted to:

Academic Scholars Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
PO Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850

Leave of Absence Request (pdf)
Application (pdf) 
Summer Application (pdf) 
Request for Transfer of Scholarship Form (pdf)
Request for Transfer Graduate School Form (pdf)