Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholars Program

The Academic Scholars Program, established by the state Legislature and governor in 1988 and operated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, provides scholarships to academically outstanding students who attend an Oklahoma college or university.

Academic Scholars receive a scholarship to help cover the cost of room, board, tuition, books and incidental fees for up to eight semesters. The actual value of the scholarship varies based on the institution the scholar chooses to attend.

This program should not be confused with the Oklahoma State Department of Education's Oklahoma Academic Scholars. Before the creation of the Academic Scholars Program, the State Department of Education had an award called "Oklahoma Academic Scholar." The student has to meet certain criteria to receive this recognition. It should be noted that this is a recognition only, not a scholarship. For more information about the SDE's Academic Scholar program, visit www.ok.gov/sde/academic-scholar-recognition-programnew_window.

Eligibility
Benefits
How to Apply
Program Rules
Forms
Frequently Asked Questions
Annual Reports

Eligibility

To qualify for the Academic Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the criteria outlined below.
  • 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 2017, the ACT required score is a total sum score of the ACT skill areas of 134.
    • For fall 2017, the SAT required score is a total sum score of the critical reading and math skill areas of 1580.
  • Out-of-state students may qualify for the program by achieving designation as a National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist or United States Presidential Scholar. However, out-of-state student participation is limited, and achieving such a designation does not automatically qualify students for the program. Out-of-state students wishing to participate in the program should contact their college of choice directly for additional information regarding eligibility.
  • 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.

Benefits

Academic Scholars will receive a scholarship to help cover the cost of room, board, tuition, books and incidental fees for up to eight 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 $5,500 for students who attend the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University or The University of Tulsa; $4,000 for students who attend any other Oklahoma four-year public or private college or university; and $3,500 for students who attend Oklahoma two-year colleges.

The annual scholarship amount for Institutional Nominees is $2,800 for students who attend the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University or The University of Tulsa; $2,000 for students who attend any other Oklahoma four-year public or private college or university; and $1,800 for students who attend Oklahoma two-year colleges.

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 (PDF, 201k)

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.

Program Rules

The Academic Scholars Program legal administrative rules were amended. These changes were adopted by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on Dec. 5, 2013, and were approved by the governor's declaration for final adoption on June 19, 2014. The rule changes were published in the Oklahoma Register on Sept. 2, 2014, and became effective Sept. 12, 2014.

For additional information on the State Regents Academic Scholars Program, you may download a PDF copy of the program rules.

Academic Scholars Program Rules Handoutpdf (PDF, 32k)

Forms

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 Requestpdf (PDF, 63k)
Applicationpdf (PDF, 201k)
Summer Applicationpdf (PDF, 58k)

Request for Transfer of Scholarship Form*pdf (PDF, 51k)
Request for Transfer Graduate School Formpdf (PDF, 37k)

*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 at least 48 credit hours within their first two academic years at any combination of two-year colleges in the State System.
  • 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.

Annual Reports

2015-16 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 490k)
2014-15 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 381k)
2013-14 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 505k)
2012-13 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 450k)
2011-12 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 116k)
2010-11 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 182k)
2009-10 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 123k)
2008-09 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 132k)
2007-08 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 404k)
2006-07 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 254k)
2005-06 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 330k)
2004-05 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 328k)
2003-04 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 374k)
2002-03 Annual Reportpdf (PDF, 684k)

For Further Information

For more information about the Academic Scholars Program, email lmcmurtrey@osrhe.edu.