Attending college is a dream of many students, and there are a variety of scholarships available to help Oklahoma residents realize this dream. Though many students are unable to study at a college or university of their choice because it is too expensive and they come from economically disadvantaged families that simply cannot afford the tuition and various other expenses, scholarships offer a form of hope. There are millions of foundations and funds throughout the United States that offer scholarship awards to worthy students who wish to achieve their goals toward their dream career. Oklahoma is certainly no exception, and is home to quite a few of these charitable giving programs that enable residents of the state to attend an institution of higher learning. In many instances, there are certain very specific criteria students must meet in order to be considered for any one of the scholarships that are available in Oklahoma.
The 4-H State Officer Scholarships award is given to Oklahoma residents in the amount of $1,500. To be considered eligible for the award, students must be enrolled at Oklahoma State University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources on a full-time basis and must be 4-H officers. The number of awards will vary as to how many students will receive it. The student must also be a freshman already enrolled in the college to be considered.
The Oklahoma legislature established the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship in 1999 to benefit needy students who are looking to get into careers in public service. To be eligible, students must be residents of Oklahoma and enrolled an undergraduate student at a college or university in the state. They must demonstrate financial need in order to attend school as well as excel in their studies, not only in grade point average but also in class rank, national awards, teachers' recommendations and other factors.
The Oklahoma State Regents Academic Scholars Program exists to award needy students from Oklahoma, as well as students from other states, scholarships that will help them to attend a university or college in the state. To be considered, students must rank in the upper 99.5 percent of their peers in the ACT or SAT test scores. The scholarship can be used toward tuition, housing, books and other items relating to education.
The AQHF Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is awarded in amounts of $2,000 for four years each to residents of Oklahoma who are active members of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Association. The student must show a definite financial need as well as academic achievement in order to qualify for the award so that they can use it toward attending an institution of higher learning.
The Hatton W. Sumners Law Scholarship benefits needy law students who are attending the Oklahoma City University School of Law. The award is to cover the costs of tuition, books and living expenses. To be eligible, students must be from Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana and a few other states and must show academic excellence. They must also take and excel in the LSAT test in preparation for their future careers in the legal field.