Mike is the Director of Scholarships at the University of Oklahoma. Mike’s role as Director of Scholarships is to oversee Financial Aid scholarships, collaborate with the OU Foundation, work with departments to help facilitate scholarships, and collaborate with many other campus partners to serve students regarding all thing’s scholarships.
Mike has worked at the University of Oklahoma since 2010. Prior to becoming the Director of Scholarships, he worked as the Director of the MoneyCoach program for five years. Prior to his role in the MoneyCoach program, he worked as a Graduation Coach for seven years in the Sooner Success Program. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics in December 2008 from OU. He has a passion and drive to help others learn which is why he pursued a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education at OU, which he received in December 2010. Mike worked in the Academic Center of the Athletic Department as a math tutor for one year and as a Graduate Assistant Learning Specialist for two years before starting his first full time role in the Sooner Success Program. Mike also enjoys teaching and has taught classes on campus since fall 2011. He has taught Gateway, Introduction to College Experience, Strategies for Success, 9 Things About College and Money and Beginning Algebra. He enjoys working with students of all ages and is certified to teach Elementary, Middle School Math, and Intermediate Math in High School.
Mike lives in Moore with his wife and 3 children. Mike enjoys playing basketball and golf, going to the movies, reading, and all things personal finance. Most people don’t know that Mike was on the University of Oklahoma Handball Team which was ranked in the top 20 for two consecutive years and has won numerous individual awards playing handball.
My best advice for a high school junior or senior preparing to apply to college:
Make sure you know what’s expected and have a plan for what you want to accomplish. Being detailed about what action steps are in your plan are crucial. The best way to develop a thorough plan is to get to know university resources starting with your Admissions Counselor. From there, you will continue to connect with many more individuals that will be able to assist you in building out your personal plan. Never hesitate to ask because so many people want to help you succeed!