Academic Scholars Program Scholarship
The Academic Scholars Program is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and serves academically qualified resident students who will be graduating from an Oklahoma high school in spring 2023 and entering an Oklahoma college or university in fall 2023. More information about the Academic Scholars Program, including the complete program rules, is available online at https://secure.okcollegestart.org/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/Academic_Scholarships/Academic_Scholars_Program.aspx.
National Merit Scholars, National Merit Finalists, United States Presidential Scholars, and students scoring at above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT are automatic qualifiers for the program.
Students who are not automatic qualifiers may still qualify as institutional nominees of the college or university they plan to attend, if they meet one of the following requirements:
(a) 29 on the ACT or the equivalent on the SAT
(b) 3.7 GPA and either in the top 5% of their graduating class or a class rank of #1 or #2, or
© 3.7 GPA and a score of 26 on the ACT or the equivalent on the SAT.
Must be an Oklahoma resident, admitted to TCC by June 15, 2022, and enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours no later than August 1, 2023
Students are responsible for reading and understanding all program policies regarding general principles for operation of the program, eligibility requirements and term of the scholarship award, criteria for annual renewal, reinstatement; leave of absence, fiscal aspects of the program, and requirements for graduate and professional study available at http://www.okhighered.org/academic-scholars.
KEY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Program Entry- Students must enter the program and enroll the fall semester immediately after high school graduation.
GPA Requirement- Students awarded a scholarship under this program must maintain a 3.25 retention or cumulative grade point average, which will be verified between the summer and fall term. The grade point average will reflect all coursework attempted. Failure to meet a 3.25 cumulative grade point average will result in removal from the program until the student achieves a 3.25 cumulative or retention grade point average at the end of the following fall or spring semester or summer term.
Full-Time Enrollment- Students awarded a scholarship under this program must maintain full-time continuous enrollment, except as provided by State Regents’ policy, at a regionally or State Regents’ accredited public, independent or proprietary higher education institution in the State of Oklahoma. “Full-time” is defined as 12 hours in the fall and spring semesters. To retain program eligibility, students must earn twenty-four (24) semester credit hours for the program year.
Summer Award Requirement- Students earning twenty-four (24) semester credit hours in the preceding fall and spring semesters are eligible for summer support. Students receiving a part-time award, for 6-11 credit hours of enrollment, must earn thirty (30) semester credit hours for the academic year. Students receiving a full-time award, for at least 12 credit hours of enrollment, must earn thirty-six (36) credit hours for the academic year. Failure to meet the twenty-four, thirty, or thirty-six credit hour requirement will result in removal from the program.
Reinstatement to the Program- Students remedying their grade point average and/or credit hour deficiency in the following fall or spring semester or summer term, will be eligible for reinstatement. Remedy of any credit hour deficiency for reinstatement purposes requires full-time enrollment in addition to the number of hours by which the student is deficient, except in the summer term, when enrollment in only the number of deficient hours is necessary.
Leave of Absence- In the event of extenuating circumstances such as sudden illness, death in the family, or participation in a special program such as certain internships or a religious mission, the student may request a leave of absence from the program. A leave of absence does not count against the eight semesters allotted for the program unless the student has already received payment for that term for which the leave has been requested.
- Supplemental Questions
- Please list the high schools you have attended and the dates you attended there.
- Please attach an image of your official high school transcript. This should not be a screen shot of your grades but should be a document you have requested from your high school.
- What is your SAT Verbal Score? Leave blank if you did not take the SAT.
- What is your SAT Math Score? Leave blank, if you did not take the SAT.
- What is your ACT Composite Score? Leave blank, if you did not take the ACT.
- If you took the ACT, please attach an image of the student score report, showing percentile rankings, to this application.
- If applicable what date did you take your most recent ACT test?
- If you took the SAT, please attach an image of the student score report, showing percentile rankings, to this application.
- If applicable what date did you take your most recent SAT test?
- What is your high school class rank percentage?
- Please list any other colleges you have attended and the dates you attended there. If you have not attended any other colleges, please leave blank.
- If you have attended any other colleges, please attach the official college transcript from any and all colleges.
- Are you a National Merit Scholar, a National Merit Finalist, or a U.S. Presidential Scholar?
- Write a 300- to 500-word essay addressing any of the following (or a combination of them): • Your career plans • Your goals for your life • Your greatest accomplishment, and why you consider it your greatest • Turning points that have led you to your current goals and plans
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