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June 27, 2013 - Time Is Running Out to Sign Up for State Scholarship Program RSS feed

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The deadline for a popular state scholarship program is quickly approaching for Oklahoma high school students who just completed the 10th grade.

July 1 is the deadline for those students to enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise, a state scholarship program that allows high school students – from families whose annual income is $50,000 or less – to earn a college tuition scholarship. Special income provisions apply to children adopted from certain court-ordered custody and children in the custody of court-appointed legal guardians.

“Now is a critical time for Oklahoma families preparing for their child’s college education,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Oklahoma’s Promise provides a wonderful opportunity for many Oklahoma high school students to earn a tuition scholarship for college. We encourage every eligible student, especially high school sophomores, to sign up for the program before the July 1 deadline.”

The Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship covers college tuition for up to five years until the completion of a bachelor’s degree at any public college or university in the state. It will also pay a portion of the tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution or for courses at public career technology centers that are approved for credit toward an Associate in Applied Science degree at a public college. The scholarship amount does not include fees, books, supplies, or room and board.

Students must enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise during eighth, ninth or 10th grade. Students who just finished their 10th-grade year will not be eligible to enroll after the July 1 deadline.

After students enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise, they must attend class regularly, take a 17-unit college preparatory curriculum, pass those courses with at least a 2.5 GPA and achieve at least an overall 2.5 GPA to earn the scholarship. Students must also agree to stay out of serious trouble and avoid drugs and alcohol.

The Oklahoma Legislature created Oklahoma’s Promise in 1992 as an incentive for middle and high school students to commit to academic success and prepare for college.

Since its inception, nearly 130,000 students have enrolled in the program. An estimated 19,300 students will receive Oklahoma’s Promise scholarships this fall. Since 1996, college students have received $420 million in scholarships through the program.

Oklahoma's Promise is recognized by many as America's best college access program and is considered a model that emphasizes both academic preparation and financial support for college. For more information about Oklahoma’s Promise or to apply online, visit www.okpromise.org. Information is also available by emailing okpromise@osrhe.edu or calling 800-858-1840.